Although I don’t often need a nail file…I always have one on hand (at home and in my purse) because it’s downright annoying when you need one and don’t have one! Besides, they’re super inexpensive (you can pick up a dozen for under a buck) and they’re great for lots of things beyond manicures and pedicures.
Here are some of my favorite ways to use this handy household tool:
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#1. Gently sharpen eye liner and lip liner pencils to get a super fine point for perfect application! You can also sharpen colored pencils if you find yourself without a sharpener.
#2. Lightly rub a nail file over pills on your favorite sweater for no more fuzz. Click here for other handy ways to remove pills!
#3. Super Glue stuck on your fingers? Gently rub it off with a nail file.
#4. Rub dead skin off of dry, cracked heels. Click here for other DIY solutions for cracked heels.
#5. Clean rust from tools and knives. You can start with a piece of sand paper, followed by a nail file to get in smaller spaces.
#6. When you buy seeds for your garden, they are coated so they last longer. Rub the coating off with a nail file just before planting the seeds to help them sprout faster and absorb more moisture!
#7. Clean a pencil eraser by rubbing off the dirty spots.
#8. Sharpen any small item: sewing machine needles, X-acto blades, and even tweezers! Just pull the item across the nail file a few times in the same direction.
#9. Add a distressed quality to cardstock when scrapbooking! Some people use sand paper, but a nail file is smaller and easier to maneuver.
#10. Use the end of a metal nail file as a tiny screwdriver.
#11. Open bottles that are wrapped in that pesky plastic.
#12. A metal file makes a perfect letter opener!
Share YOUR handy uses for nail files!