Top 10 Clever Uses for Fingernail Polish

Top 10 Clever Uses for Fingernail Polish

10. Gauge a bucket. Buckets usually have measured lines inside them, but they’re oftentimes illegible when viewed from above. Make those inside lines visible by marking them with a brush stroke of contrasting nail polish.

9. Pre-set a shower temp. Find your favorite water temperature, turn off the water and then mark the settings by putting a bit of polish on the stationary ring of the knob/knobs so you don’t have to fiddle with it in the mornings.

8. Mark a key. Have some house keys on your ring that aren’t for your pad? Color-code your keys with polish. ‘Red for me, purple for mom....’

7. Tighten a screw. Swabbing a bit of nail polish on screw threads before inserting them will help keep screws tight. The same applies to nuts too.

6. And speaking of screws.... Apply clear polish to new toilet seat screws to keep them from rusting too quickly.

5. Fill a nick. You can use a drop of clear polish to fill little nicks in hardwood floors. A light followup with 600 grit sandpaper over the polish will tone-down the shine.

4. Hide a chip. If you have a chip in a ceramic item, brush polish over the nick for a quick camouflage. Use a matching color straight out of the bottle or mix your own custom color.

3. Prevent a rust ring. Do you have rust rings on the side of your bathtub from shave cream cans? Avoid them by applying fingernail polish to the bottoms of the metal containers.

2. Mend a window screen. If you have a small hole–say less than 1/4 inch in diameter–in your window screen, you can patch it with a bit of polish to keep the pesties at bay.

And the number 1 clever use for fingernail polish

Remove a wart. Apparently, applying a bit of nail polish to a wart will prevent it from spreading and within a week’s time the polish will even remove or greatly diminish it. Go figure.

For even more clever and odd uses of fingernail polish, check out wackyuses.com and rd.com.

'Pink nail polish' from Wikimedia Commons.

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succulentshe on Aug 30, 2007:

I use nail polish to label my toothbrush. When I'm at home for the summer the whole family has all the toothbrushes in one place, so it can get confusing, esp. if we are traveling.


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baconthecat on Aug 22, 2007:


DIY Maven on Aug 22, 2007:

If some girly color works, I'm sure clear would too! Okay, maybe TMI, but a while back hubby 'gave' me a plantar's wart. Yeah, lovely. Anyway, his went away by itself. Not mine, of course. I was p.o'd. I had to go to the doctor and get the freeze treatment. Next time he gets one, I'll hold him down if I have to to get polish on him--red, clear, whatever!!!

baconthecat on Aug 22, 2007:

HAHAHA will do!! Hey, do you know if CLEAR polish would work? Perhaps we could just use that.

DIY Maven on Aug 22, 2007:

Maybe hubby could use a 'manly' color ;)

baconthecat on Aug 22, 2007:

Whoa! Too much goodness at once. I like the marking your keys idea, although I really want those cute monkey key toppers I saw online... Plus, I really only have three keys: car, apartment, mailbox. = T Not that hard to differentiate, sadly. lol I'll remember that about the shaving cans; as for #1, I will let hubby know (although he may be against having such a girly item on any part of his body!).

Caya123 on Aug 21, 2007:

Clever, clever, clever! There are many uses for the clear nail polish. Another one is that you can repair bobby pins when the little plastic resin blob on the ends fall off. (When the plastic ends fall off, bobby pins are murder on fine hair- they tear it to bits.) Just dip each end carefully in clear nail polish. I don't know how many people use them any more, but I used to go through them like mad before I found out about the nifty plastic hairpins I can buy that are gentler to my hair.

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