Nail polish remover is not just for nails. Oh no, this multi-tasking product can do a multitude of tasks around the home.
Nail polish removers come in two forms: acetone and non-acetone. Acetone is the best solvent for breaking down the hard coating of nail polish. There are many acetone uses which is what makes nail polish remover so useful for much more than beauty alone.
Grab your acetone-based nail polish remover and see what you can do.
Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in August 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in May 2018.
1. Keep your patent shoes shiny
You may be afraid to use acetone on your shoes, but there's no need!
Wipe down patent shoes with a kitchen towel dipped in nail polish remover, gently buff to remove any scuff marks and wipe any residue away with a clean cloth. They'll be so shiny you'll be able to see your reflection!
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2. Clean your china teacups
The acetone in nail polish remover is excellent at removing any tea stains. Just scrub at those spots with nail polish remover on some cotton wool or a cloth then wash as normal. They’ll be good as new.
3. Remover permanent marker marks
There are many effective ways to use acetone for stain removal.
To remove permanent marker stains, saturate a cotton wool ball or pad with nail polish remover then rub the marks gently in circular motions until the ink spots have been completely dissolved. Wipe away any residue with a cloth.
4. Uses for acetone in the bathroom
Want to know some great uses for nail polish remover you can try out in the bathroom?
Dip your expensive razor blades into nail polish remover to help sanitise them, which in turn will help them last longer. Wipe with a tissue or cloth before keeping them in a dry cupboard or area.
5. Clean paint from windows
Another one of our handy acetone uses is removing paint - perfect for you DIYers!
If you've been painting your windows and some paint has flicked onto the glass, simply dab some nail polish remover onto it with a cloth and let it sit for a few minutes. Then rub away with a damp cloth.
6. Use nail polish remover to dissolve superglue
If you’ve got superglue on your hands or the cap has been clogged up with dried glue, just rub some nail polish remover around the affected area and the acetone will break it down. Phew.
7. Smooth minor scratches on your watch
Don't let a few scratches ruin your favourite watch. Drop a tiny amount of nail polish onto a cloth - you may need to use a pipette to do this - then gently buff the surface of your plastic watch face. You should start to see the small scratches disappear.
8. Sanitise your beauty tools with acetone nail polish remover
Keep your tweezers, nails clippers and other metal beauty tools clean and germ-free by giving them a quick dab with a cotton swab dunked in nail polish remover. Clean with soapy water then dry with a hand towel.
9. Get rid of ink stains
Another stain-removal use for acetone is ink. If you need to get ink stains out of your child’s school uniform or your own shirts, just dilute some nail polish remover (1 part remover to 2 parts water) and dab at the stain with a tissue or soft cloth to clean it right off.
10. Remove stubborn stickers from glass and metal
Finally - an easy answer to remove the gunk left behind from stickers and labels. Make this task effortless by rubbing the area with nail polish remover until the stick surface is no more!
11. Nail varnish can help you remove a leech painlessly
There are some really unusual acetone uses, and here's one of the weirdest.
Yuck! If you’re unlucky enough to experience a blood sucking leech on your skin, make sure you grab the nail polish remover quick. Simply pour directly onto the leech and it will soon peel off your skin.
12. Deep clean your keyboard
Keyboards are a hotbed for germs and dirt. Dip an old toothbrush or cotton swab into your acetone nail polish remover then gently rub over your keys to remove any stains. You can also clean in-between keys and on your mouse, too.
13. Acetone uses for cleaning
If you have tiled or laminate flooring, you can remove scuffs and stubborn dirt marks by applying some diluted nail polish remover (1 part to three parts water) to the area then mopping as usual.
14. Revive your correction fluid
If you or your child uses Tipp-Ex or something similar, add a drop of nail polish remover into the bottle every now and to prevent it from clogging up. You can also use this little trick on a clogged bottle. Just keep adding a drop at a time and shaking to break it up.
15. Uses for nail polish remover in your beauty routine
The same way you revive correction fluid, you can revive those gunky nail polishes by adding a few drops of your acetone nail polish into the bottle and leaving it to sit for a few house before giving them a vigorous shake. Be sure not to put too much acetone in as this might ruin the consistency.
16. Clean your bathtub
Got a dirty bath ring or soap and scum stains? Dilute nail polish remover with a little bit of water and clean the tub with a sponge or cloth. The acetone wil mean the dirt wipes off effortlessly - easy peasy!
Do you have any practical uses for acetone? We'd love to hear them!. Please feel free to leave a comment below!