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
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!