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Nail Polish Is More than Just for Nails

Here are some cool tips from AOL’s DIY Life:

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:

Quick-Fix Glue

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 counter.

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.

As you can see, most of these tips suggest using clear nail polish so that it can’t be seen. In another article, we’ll list some uses for colored nail polish.

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