A few years ago I started getting my nails done by a professional (Hi Erin!) so I don’t really have any reason to keep bottles of nail polish around the house. But I always make sure I have at least one bottle of clear nail polish on hand because it has so many other uses besides making nails look pretty.
You’ve probably already heard of using clear nail polish to stop a run in tights and stockings, but this cheap and simple beauty product has lots of other clever uses all over the home.
#1 Coat labels to make them smudge-proof and weather-resistant. I’m always looking for a way to label my homemade cleaners that won’t wash off – this tip is a favorite!
#2 Coat the inside of a ring that turns your finger green. This can also be used to prevent tarnishing.
#3 Just like covering the run in your tights prevents further ripping, you can use a little on a window screen tear to keep it small.
#4 A splinter in wooden furniture can be coated to prevent snagging. Small scuffs and dents in wooden floors can also be sealed up with just a layer or two.
#5 Dip the ends of matches to make them waterproof.
#6 Paint over the thread on your buttons to keep them secured. This also works the ends of shoestrings and ropes.
#7 Dip a piece of thread in the bottle to make it easier to thread through a needle.
#8 Use clear nail polish to seal envelopes instead of licking them. I really hate the thought of putting my tongue on a strange envelope! :-)
#9 Coat the bottom of metal bottles in the bathroom to prevent rust rings.
#10 Make sure the tiny screws in your glasses stay put with a protective layer of polish. This is one of my (many) pet peeves! I’m going to do this on every pair of reading glasses I own!
#11 Paint over some of the wholes in the lid of your salt shaker if you find yourself over-salting often. I could probably benefit from this one! #oversaltersanonymous
#12 Cover a crack in the windshield to prevent further cracking from Lil’ Luna.
#13 Learn how to make your own custom shades of nail polish from Delighted Momma.
#14 Try a washi tape manicure coated in a glossy layer of top coat from Polish Police.
Before you try these out, make sure you know the difference between a base coat, a top coat, and clear nail polish.
- While clear nail polish will work great for most of these uses, it does have a tendency to chip and peel (just like regular nail polish.)
- A base coat provides a healthy layer with proteins and vitamin E that prevents yellowing and enhances the strength of your nails.
- A top coat is all about sealing, protecting and adding a little shine. It will generally work better for coating jewelry and other hacks that involve sealing.
Now you know! :-)
How do you use clear nail polish?