17 Interesting Alternative Uses for Nail Polish

If you have a loose button on your shirt and don’t have a needle to reinforce the sewing, you can apply a little transparent nail polish.
17 Interesting Alternative Uses for Nail Polish

Last update: 15 December, 2022

Historical records indicate that nail polish was invented in 1924 as a colored varnish. Since then, it has changed into a trend of feminine beauty.

Presently, they have made better formulas. Day after day, there are more kinds to choose from for manicure combinations.

However, what many don’t know is that this beauty product also has many alternative applications that can be very useful at home.

Even though it can appear that its only use is to paint and decorate, its composition and texture can be taken advantage of in many ways.

Discover them!

1. Avoid tears in stockings


Stockings made from delicate materials tend to rip easily. This is especially true when they have been grazed by something.

To prolong their usefulness and avoid completely hurting them, apply a little bit of nail polish at the end of the tear and wait for it to dry.

2. Reinforce buttons


So that you never suffer from the loss of buttons on your favorite shirts, rub them with a fine layer of transparent nail polish to reinforce them.

3. Brighten jewelry


To avoid opaque spots in your cheaper jewelry, apply a fine layer of transparent nail polish and they will keep a bright and shiny appearance.

4. Alternative adhesive


This nail polish is an excellent option to glue small objects. In fact, occasionally it serves as a glue.

5. Fix scuffs and holes on shoes


So that the external sewing on shoes doesn’t keep getting worse, apply a little nail polish on the damaged areas.

Let it dry and rub it with a brush. This helps to minimize marks.

6. Eliminate rust spots


If you want to avoid rust spots on your metal objects, cover the exterior in transparent nail polish and wait for what happens.

This product creates a protective barrier against humidity and prevents the growth of mold and mildew.

7. Adjust screws


So that the screws in your devices stay in place, put a little nail polish over the threads of the screw and let it dry.

8. Prevent the fraying of shoelaces


Shoelaces can be easily damaged when they start to fray.

Cover the end with a fine layer of nail polish, leave it to dry, and repeat until the ends start to stay hard.

9. Decorate hair pins


Using colored nail polish, glitter, and small decorative rocks, you can give a personalized touch to your favorite jewelry.

10. Identify keys


To identify keys, paint the large part at the base with colored nail polish and take into account the shade of each of your doors.

Avoid painting down to the teeth of the key because this will become a problem when trying to put the key in the keyhole.

11. Seal envelopes


Sometimes the envelopes for cards and documents don’t have glue to seal themselves. If this happens, take a little transparent nail polish and use it to seal the envelope.

12. Decorate mugs


Put some drops of nail polish in a large bowl full of water. Stir the drops with a toothpick and create a marble effect on mugs that don’t have any kind of decoration.

13. Personalize your cell phone cover


Get a cell phone cover that only has one color and give it your own style with the help of various colors of nail polish.

14. Decorate your headphone cables


To get personalized headphones, make various rings of colors down the length of your headphone cables with nail polish.

This trick will make your headphones prettier. You will also be able to find them easier.

15. Cover small cracks

A thick layer of transparent nail polish can serve to seal the small cracks that form in windows.

By doing this you can keep bugs out. You also avoid more damage to the windows.

16. Make your things shine


By painting the buttons of your remote control, you will be able to find it more easily when the lights are turned off.

17. Thread a needle


Passing a thread through the eye of a needle is not always an easy task. Trying to do so can take a lot of time.

Instead of trying to force it to happen, smear a bit of nail polish on the thread. Once you let it dry, it will easily pass through the small eye of the needle.

Did you know these uses for your nail polishes? Now you can use these ideas when you need to.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.