Posted in Aol..com on Nov 1, 2010
Think nail polish is just for manicures? Think again. This style
staple has lot of colorful uses around the house, too. Unusual use
for nail polish include securing screws, labeling toxic materials,
and rust-proofing metal.
Ladies: we all know that clear nail polish is the secret to nylon
repair. Keep a little bottle in your purse so you can quickly fix a
snag, preventing a huge run in your pantyhose. Our mothers taught us
this, and their mothers taught them. There is no doubt we'll pass
this little tip on to future generations. But let's add a few clever
uses to the list. Here are some household uses for nail polish:
Nail polish can be used for most small adhesive needs. Apply some
clear nail polish to secure screws, repair small wood fractures, or
re-set jewelry stones.
Label Toxic Materials and Supplies
Mark a big bold 'X' on all poisons in the house. This will prevent
any mix-ups and make a quick easy reference for little ones (who
shouldn't have access anyway!) and seniors.
Mark Your Thermostat and Shower Settings
Paint a thin, colored nail polish line to mark the right setting on
your thermostat. Do the same for that perfect shower temperature.
This is a quick and easy way to find the right temperature.
Prevent Screws, Nuts and Bolts From Rusting
Coat screws, nuts and bolts with clear nail polish to prevent
rusting. This is particularly useful for outdoor picnic tables or
other areas when the metal is exposed to the elements.
Smooth Wooden Hangers
Old wooden hangers are an attractive alternative to the modern
plastic or wire choices, but they are often rough and splintered.
Apply a clear coat of nail polish to the rough areas (or over the
entire thing) to smooth it over without losing the vintage look.
Stop Fabric From Fraying
Tame frayed fabric by brushing the ends with clear nail polish. You
can also add a drop of clear nail polish to the back side of buttons
to keep them from falling off.
Mark Levels on a Bucket
Use a bright colored nail polish to clearly mark levels on a bucket.
This is great for a mixing bucket that doesn't have the measurements
marked on, or to simply repeat the marking on the outside making it
easier to manage when it's full.
Avoid Rust Rings
Paint some nail polish along the bottom ring of metal containers
(think hair spray bottles) so they don't leave rust marks on your
Fill Scratches on Wood Floor
Fill little nicks with clear nail polish. Rub the polish down with
sand paper to dull the shine.
Fix a Broken Mirror Corner
Soften the sharp edge of a cracked mirror by applying a thick coat
of nail polish to the broken corner.
Repair a Window Screen
It might not be the prettiest fix, but it will stop that tiny hole
from growing into a major problem. Apply clear nail polish to the
frayed screen to seal the hole.
Most fixes use clear nail polish, but I was also happy to find some
for those unfortunate shades that I once loved but never actually