Finally - a way to put all those bottles of nail polish to good use! Today we're sharing 22 terrific uses for nail polish that will come in handy all around the home.
Clear nail polish is an amazing sealer, glue, and protective layer, making it useful for loads of things you've probably never considered.
Intrigued? Check out our 22 new uses for nail polish below and prepare to be amazed!
1. Prevent pearl buttons from peeling
Pearls are such a pretty accessory - they bring a touch of class to any outfit. The only problem is that they can often peel.
Coat faux pearl buttons, necklaces and earrings in a layer of clear nail polish, and it'll keep them looking great for years to come.
2. Stop fabric from fraying
Fraying is actually pretty fashionable right now, but there's a limit. If your clothing starts to fray, you can give it a coating of nail polish.
It's a quick way to save your denim skirts from fraying into nothingness.
3. Mark levels in buckets, jugs & more
If you ever need to mark a certain point on a liquid measurer, don't risk pens running. Instead, use coloured nail varnish to mark the level - unless you're measuring nail varnish, it's guaranteed to stay put!
4. Make threading needles easier
Once you've got going, sewing can be extremely therapeutic. One thing that isn't, however, is threading needles. Some threads just don't seem to want to cooperate and refuse to go through the eye.
Don't waste time struggling - coat the end of your thread in nail varnish and it will be much easier to thread.
5. Seal an envelope with clear nail polish
Do you hate licking envelopes?
If you can't stand the taste of glue - and who can really blame you - or your envelope seal isn't sticky enough, you can use clear nail polish in its place.
Apply a small layer to the flap and it'll keep everything safe inside.
6. Stop tights from laddering
Argh! It's so frustrating when you pull on a pair of brand new tights then immediately ladder them.
If you haven't got a spare pair, or the ladder is hidden but you're worried about it ripping further, give it a coat of clear nail polish. Whilst it won't fix the ladder, it will prevent it from getting any worse.
7. Colour code keys
This is one of our favourite uses for nail polish. If you've got a lot of keys that look the same, you can save time by painting the top of each one with a coat of nail polish in various colours.
You'll soon get the hang of remembering which colour matches which door.
8. Seal splinters in wood
We all know how painful splinters can be. Although small, they can sure pack a punch!
If the wood in your home shows sign of splintering, a quick coat of clear nail varnish will seal and smooth it down, preventing it from giving anyone a nasty surprise.
9. Reattach gems
Another wonderful use for nail polish is reattaching gems to jewellery. If you've lost a rhinestone or similar on one of your favourite rings, plop some clear nail varnish in the hole, add your stone, and hold in place until dry.
10. Use less salt
Overdoing it on the salt? If you keep automatically reaching for the salt shaker, this clever tip could really help you.
Remove the top of your shaker, and place it onto some kitchen roll. Next, use clear nail varnish to paint over a few of the holes, and set aside to dry.
Now, when you shake, you'll get less salt out. You'll be able to automatically reduce your salt consumption.
11. How to prevent rust using nail polish
Are rusty hairspray, deodorant and shaving foam cans leaving marks all over your spotless bathroom?
There's a quick fix for that!
Coat the base of cans in a thin coat of clear nail varnish, and it will prevent oxygen and water from getting in, leaving your cans rust-free.
12. Stop button thread from unravelling
It's much easier to prevent buttons from falling off than to find them or replace them.
A quick coat of clear nail varnish on the thread of buttons will mean you never lose one again.
13. How to mend a cracked window screen
Cracked window screens can be extremely nerve-wracking, but they needn't be!
Give the crack a tiny coat of clear nail varnish on both sides of the screen, and it will prevent it from getting any bigger until you have time to get it fixed.
14. Stop shoelaces from unravelling
Calling all parents! Do your kids have a habit of leaving their shoelaces untied? If so, it's likely friction against the floor and feet will cause them to fray.
Another one of our handy uses for nail varnish is to prevent shoelaces from unravelling.
15. Uses for nail varnish for crafting
Who doesn't love a bit of glitter? It's a wonderful way to bring a touch of sparkle to your crafts.
Want to know a trick?
Apply a coat of clear nail varnish to your glitter-covered crafts, and it will glue everything perfectly into place, keeping both your creations (and carpets) intact.
16. Stop jewellery from going green
A teller sign of cheap rings is green fingers.
Keep your secret (and fingers) safe by coating costume jewellery in a layer of clear nail polish. This is one of the thriftiest uses for nail polish, and also works to prevent costume jewellery from tarnishing.
This way, no one will be able to tell real from fake!
17. Tighten loose screws
Here's another one of our uses for nail polish that's perfect for you DIYers.
If you're having trouble with getting a screw to fit snugly, give it a coat of clear nail varnish. It will thicken the screw very slightly, making it a better fit for all your DIY needs.
18. Liquid plaster
This really is a bizarre way to use clear nail polish - some people claim it makes a wonderful plaster when you're out of them.
While we wouldn't recommend using ordinary nail polish, because of the variety of chemicals, you can get some medical-grade clear nail varnishes that are designed for wound care. These are typically non-toxic and help create a barrier to protect the wound from infection.
19. Smudge-proof labels
One of the best things about nail polish is its waterproof properties.
Apply a quick coat to postage labels or DIY food labels to prevent ink from running, post getting lost, or food getting mixed up.
This is a life hack everyone should know!
20. Waterproof matches
Going camping soon? We have another handy hack for you that will help keep matched working, whatever the weather!
Before you leave, coat the end of your matches in a layer of clear nail polish. It will keep them dry come rain or shine.
21. Keep glasses screws in place
Who has time to keep nipping to the opticians to get their glasses' screws tightened?
Instead, we apply a very small amount of clear nail polish to our glasses screws, which seems to keep them put no matter what we get up to.
Have you had any success using nail polish in weird ways? We'd loe to hear your tips in the comments below!
That "loop" at the (threading) end of a needle is called an "eye" ;)
My late mother used coloured nail polish to initial her baking trays before lending them. This was over 30 years ago and her initials are still on the trays.
Hi Susan. What a brilliant idea - who knew nail varnishes (or baking trays) could last so long!
I was told if you varnish cork key rings you make. The varnish makes to prints on the corks show more.
That sounds interesting, Phillip!
I personally would be reluctant to use clear nail polish on a cut given that some of the chemicals used to make it are carcinogenic
There are some medical-grade clear nail polishes available that are specifically designed for use in wound care. These products are typically formulated with non-toxic ingredients and are intended to create a barrier over the wound to protect it from infection and promote healing.
I use coloured nail varnish to jazz up plain shoes, polka dots, bows, zigzags etc etc.
That's a lovely idea!
I used gel clear to fix a glass window in my laundry room, with a BB hole in it. I just kept brushing it on. That was 8 years ago. You'd never know it was there to this day. Apryl
Can I use it to waterproof homemade stickers?
Yes, you can use clear nail polish to waterproof homemade stickers. Simply paint a thin, even layer of clear nail polish over the sticker's surface and let it dry completely. This will create a protective barrier that will help to prevent the ink from running or smudging if it gets wet. However, keepmber that this method may not work for all types of ink or paper, so it's best to test it on a small sample before applying it to your entire batch of stickers.
My bathroom floor suffered from little nicks caused by falling hairdryer,straightening iron curling iron, to prevent further splitting of rug,I put nail polish. It works great, no more splitting.
I carve rock with my dremel. I put clear nail polish to make my carving shiny. Then I glue a magnet on the back. Waahlaah, "fridge magnet" Makes a nice gift.
As nail varnish is flammable, I would NOT advise putting it on matches to keep them dry. I am an ex scout leader and we always used vaseline to keep them dry, just wipe the vaseline off and they will then strike.
That's a great suggestion!
I use clear or any color nail polish for "locktight" on screw and bolt threads to prevent them coming loose. I also use clear or any color nail polish to do touch-up painting on car parts or other metal objects that have small or medium size scratches or were cut or altered with a hacksaw. It's sometimes less messy or more appropriate than touch-up paint options offered by auto-parts stores (APS). APS offer paint spray cans (too messy) and paint pens (only works for tiny scratches). The APS don't offer a small quantity of liquid paint with a brush. Finger nail polish is a small quantity of paint with a small brush, and is ideal for small and medium size scratches. You just have to find a color that matches the auto part, or use clear. In my case my auto parts are gloss black. So I use gloss black finger nail polish. Nail polish of any color (including clear or opaque white for men) is a great way to keep toe nails dry to prevent getting to tail fungas during or after showering. If your toe nails are already damaged, opaque white is a great way to visually hide the damage, make them look good, and it waterproofs and protects toe nails. Nail polish is a small container of high quality paint with a good quality brush. It's a great tool for men and women.
Lovely ideas! Black is also an easy colour to match.
if a watch back irritates, coating the back (and buckle, if needed) in clear nail varnish stops the itch and rash.
Lovely idea, Susan!
Thanks for all the ideas!!!! I’m going to try it on a plastic hospital tube the split. Let you know if it works.
You're welcome, Karen! What's the tube for? Be careful, as nail polish isn't ideal for a hospital environment.
Probably of no use in the 21st century but when I was a kid (back in the 1950's) my father showed me how to repair a cracked or punctured radio speaker. If the hole is too big for just polish, you can add a bit of paper. Gets rid of that blurry sound. Also several coats will insulate bare wires. Low voltage only!! such as speaker wires.
I tried to paint clear nail polish on top of stickers to make it last longer but how can i make it so it doesn't have any brush stroke?
To avoid brush strokes when applying clear nail polish over stickers, start with a clean surface, apply a thin layer of polish using a soft brush, and use a top coat to smooth the surface. Allow the polish to dry completely before touching or moving the nails.
I've used clear polish for cracks in my phone screen multiple times. I don't have money to replace a whole phone or even pay for just an actual screen repair/replacement, so I do what I gotta do to get by🤷🏼♀️ & clear nail polish has saved my thumbs & fingers from getting glass splinters from my cracked phone screen too many times to count. I just paint a coat or 2 over the cracks/s, let it dry thoroughly of course. Works like an absolute charm👌🏼👌🏼
Clear nail polish on a cracked phone screen may provide a temporary solution, but it is not a permanent fix and may cause further damage. If unable to afford the professional repair, consider purchasing a phone screen repair kit or replacing the screen yourself using online tutorials.
With the problem of check washing now would adding clear coat over amount hinder the thieves or cause a problem with the cashing of check?
Adding a clear coat of nail polish over a check can make it harder for thieves to alter the information. However, it's best to check with your bank first, as they may have policies on accepting altered checks.
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