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If you're anything like me you have bottles of nail polish building up in your desk drawer from years ago.  What you might not know is there are plenty of ways to put that nail polish to use besides just decorating your fingers.  Here are 10 new uses for nail polish that will help you with day to day tasks around the house!
 
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Step 1: Smudge Proof Lables

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Prevent ink from running on your labels.  Coat the labels that identify your garden plants, or the labels that distinguish your shampoo bottles with clear nail polish.

Step 2: Seal an Envelope

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Ever see that episode of Seinfeld where George's fiance dies from licking too many wedding invitations?

Avoid licking that gross glue on the back of an envelope.  Just seal it with a little bit of clear nail polish

Step 3: Threading a Needle

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It can be a pain in the butt trying to thread a needle!  I know I have had my moments where I've had to walk away from projects because it gets too frustrating.

A quick fix for this is dipping the end of your thread in a small amount of nail polish for easy thread-ability.

Step 4: Prevent Costume Jewelry from Tarnishing

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Ever get those green rings on your fingers from wearing a costume ring?  Paint a thin coat of clear nail polish on your costume jewelry to prevent tarnishing.

Step 5: Keep Laces and Rope from Unraveling

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You may have heard that burning the ends of cut rope prevent it from fraying.  Nail polish works just as well!  Just coat the ends of your shoe laces or rope with clear nail polish (or colored nail polish for some fun) to prevent any fraying.

Step 6: Tighten Loose Screws

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For an extra hold, coat your screws in nail polish.  After setting the screws let the polish dry.  This should give you added durability.

Step 7: Color-Code Objects

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Color code objects to easily distinguish them.  I color coded my keys with nail polish so I can quickly figure out which key is for my front door!

Step 8: Mark Levels in a Bucket

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Mark levels on measuring cups or buckets.  For your cleaning bucket you can mark how much soap you need and another level for how much water you need.
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MicioGatta8 days ago

My father use transparent nail polish to fix the little screws in the eyeglasses! Good ible!

Jeff Fox3 months ago
Mom would put polish on our chigger bites after spending to much time picking black berries! That's probably what's wrong with me today! lol at less it killed them and stopped the iching.
slpr2 years ago
During world war 1 they (the British and possibly other nations) used superglue to treat soldiers wounds, I don't think clear nail polish in too indifferent. Nail polish is also brilliant for ladders in tights (pantyhose if you are american), simply apply at the top and bottom and a small hole won't turn into a giant one over the course of an evening :)
mariejessie slpr4 months ago

Super glue was first discovered in 1942, but the scientist who found it (by accident while trying to create something else) didn't find a use for it, and abandoned the product. In 1951 the same guy found it again, but this time he did find a use for it. It was first released by Eastman Kodak as Eastman #910. Shortly after it's release, Kodak licensed to Loctite, who promoted the heck out of it.

It wasn't used in war until Vietnam, where the soldiers used it to close wounds in the battlefield until the soldier could get to the hospital for stitches.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanoacrylate

WilmaSue slpr1 year ago
super glue - I thought that was a relatively new glue
paqrat4 months ago

I recycle and restore costume jewelry. If the piece is too far gone to repair I harvest the rhinestones. I think use clear fingernail polish to glue the stones into other jewelry. As long as you don't wait too long before adding the stone it works very well.

Vampyra655 months ago

Great tips here and I will be using many of them. I have used clear nail polish many times instead of Loctite which is expensive and ugly. You can buy nail polish from the dollar store cheap and if you get it dirty or rusty you throw it away. I also store my nail polish in the fridge and it keeps for years and years.

I forgot to add that when we do car repairs and when we need to make a mark that when something needs to be turned in so many turns we use the nail polish so we remember where it goes.

andychalita6 months ago

prevent your scratched tights to open even more.

blackweb8 months ago

A few Drops of nail polish remover into thi k polish

Another great use for fingernail polish is using it to repair scuffs on shoes. Those annoying dings on stilettos heels or platform areas or covering scrapes on patent leather stuff as well.
I have also used fingernail polish to customize sunglasses, my cheap phone cases and as temporary tattoos for my kiddos. .
alexdrew585811 months ago
all of these ideas are awesome I mean I'm a guy and only ware black nail polish but I might buy some clear nail polish next time I go out.
mk3girlie1 year ago
I don't know if anyone left a comment.... But you can also use clear polish to stop runs/holes in panty hose. While you have the panty hose on you... Brush the rip area with some clear polish. Saves them from getting bigger and you can re wear them if you want (and don't wanna spend money on more).
valkgurl1 year ago
USe BLACK nailpolish to re-mark the fine lines on a metal ruler or other tools; seal with clear.

I recently tried a Sharpie to re-mark the lines on a measuring cup--plastic--and it was a fail. Def gonna try this!

Also--coat those pet tags! USe clear to cover the tags on your pets collar to avoid the color coming off and making them hard to read.

ie the jewelry factor--most of the "metal allergy" is actually a NICKLE sensitivity. IF you wear the pieces that are made of low quality metal--and we all do!!!---then coat them with either clear nail polish--or even colored!!!--or seal with spray on Krylon. You can also now get ear WIRES in plastic! Yep! Brilliant! You just have to remember to re-coat every so often. This is the same for jeans buttons and belt buckles or any other metal that touches skin. BTW--a high number of people who are sensitive to NICKLE or other metals (or rhodium--the stuff they use to cover and plate both SILVER and WHITE GOLD---) are often allergic to STINGING INSECTS. No one quite knows why but if you ask around you will find this to be a weird too-often-to-be-coincidence. No allergist has been able to 'splain this to us. Every time we meet some one who admits to being allergic to either stinging insects or metal-- we ask 'em if they have problems with the other substance. Astonishing how many do. Some bright Grad Student could do worse than look into this.
Livy Apple1 year ago
in fact, if you use good scissors to cut the thread diagonally, it may work even better
Thank you because you posted this!!! <3... I am working with my Investigative project and oh! I found this! It is a big help! It is very informative! :D
Mastros3 years ago
I suppose, readers are aware of yet another way of threading a needle. That is, by licking the thread a bit, and rolling it to become firm and thin.
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Also rub the end of the thread on a slightly moistened cake of soap-----my favorite way to thread a needle.
Another very easy way is to stick the eye of the needle into your mouth and get some saliva on it. Liquid works in a capillary action, meaning that it'll pull the thread through the eye. I use it every time.
Baaaad idea. Nail polish=/= liquid bandage. Just go buy the real stuff!
Liquid bandage is safe to use on cuts and has antibiotics in them to avoid infections. If it gets in your blood stream, it will not harm you. If it did, the FDA would not have cleared it for sale as a bandage.

Nail polish has the chemicals toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde that are known to cause birth defects and respiratory problems among other harm. These chemicals have been outlawed due to their health hazards, but many companies still put them into their nail polish formulas, just in smaller doses. Not a good thing to be exposing to your blood stream.
Totally right. bad idea. it would be better just to put a real band aid on it, then using a "liquid ban aid"
Mauigerbil2 years ago
Good on you for growing borage! You can also fix furniture/wall scrapes with nail polish, but it has to be the EXACT color or else it won't look good. I used this for an ironically created nail polish stain on my base boards,as they are pure white and so was a color of polish I had on hand.

And that is why I don't paint my nails on the floor....
Yuer2 years ago
How well does it protect jewelry from tarnishing? Nail polish fades in a couple of days. So does the tarnish protection lasts only a couple days or for a while?
haha my friend painted her phone with sparkly nail polish. This could work on a simple phone case too!
Creaturiste3 years ago
Nail polish contains acetone, which is toxic as fumes, and on skin and in your bloodstream. It may contain whatever Gods know what else!

Why risk it?

Perhaps you didn't know this but, false teeth are made of the exact same materials used to create fake nails... and they are in constant contact with the mucus membranes of the mouth... It is one thing to regard the toxicity levels of various chemicals if you are in constant daily contact with them over the long term however, once the volatiles are gone they become neutral. Let's not forget licking of fingers (and nails), scratching and a myriad of other potentially hazardous things we do on a daily basis without thinking.

Living on the planet earth involves constant risks of varying levels unless you are in a sterile cocoon being fed intravenously. Oh wait, the needle penetrates the skin... more risk... I guess risk is inescapable... I suppose you have to make the best decision based on needs and level of risk you are comfortable with.
True. We are living on the Physical Plane...the third dimension...a slow, thick, physically tangible vibration of consciousness where we experience having physical bodies...therefore exposing our fragile selves to a hazardous realm of possibilities and probabilities. That'w why we have ego...to protect our bodies from physical harm. Spirit doesn't worry about being or staying alive because it knows intrinsically that it is immortal, but false personality, or ego "thinks" that it only lives once, therefore creating for itself a level of fear which it uses to protect itself from the hazards of the Physical Plane. And there are many hazards here...aren't there? ~Peace
just use super glue instead
I used super glue instead of going to get some stitches and it worked but burned like hell
Actually there is medical grade superglue.
Super Glue was used in the medical industry before it became available on the retail market.

I read a news article years ago [when Super Glue first went on the retail market] that reported that Super Glue was invented by a Doctor [or Dentist] for use where sutures/stitches could not be used.
I need a brand name. I want some in my first aid kit. plz?
I wish I knew the name of the glue.
I saw it on a program on the Discovery Channel.
pass it on if u find out
Dermabond, SurgiSeal, and Liquiband are brand names of sugical-grade adhesives, intended to replace sutures. I believe that Dermabond is available on Amazon, but last I looked, it was a bit pricey. Hope that helps!
No problem.
Nail polish does NOT contain Acetone. It is a combination of Nitrocellulose (same base as car pain) and pigments.

Acetone is actually Nail Polish Remover, it is a universal solvent. Any nail polishes made by a major brand after 2006 contain no toxic chemicals.
twynn1 csudlik3 years ago
Your own body produces Acetone. Thanks for the tech info on Nail Polish. So many uses. I used it to repair a leak on a plastic bottle, a small hole. Just put several coats on it and it will seal up fine. I have used it for many many years for small cuts on my fingers. Did that in the military. I use clear kind. Thanks again for the comments. Learn everyday don't we??Hehehe.
Indeed, I confused my information! Still Nail polish remover used to be my best gloss for puppet eyes, until I found a waterbased product that was almost as glossy, but not toxic. Whatever the contents, the nail polish always affected me like any other product with toxic fumes: headaches, throat symptoms. Basically, let's listen to our bodies, and avoid what hurts us!

Actually...I think clear band aid is manufactured from Soft Collidian, not the harsh chemicals similar in nail polish. Collidian is used in the Entertainment Industry by Special Effects make-up artists for creating scars. They are known to use Soft Collidian as well as Rigid Collidian. Rigid Collidian is usually painted over a lightly drawn area where the scar is supposed to be. Then using Rigid Collidian, the artist paints it along the length of the drawn scar (usually in some sort of pink or darker than flesh tone using eyebrow pens) then the make up-artist stretches the skin of the actor while the Collidian dries and after the gel has dried completely, they release the skin which causes the scar to indent into the surface of the skin. This really makes the fake scar look real. But, I DO like all of your ideas for the use of old fingernail polish. Very cool!
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