10 Additional Uses for Nail PolishSarah Kane

Nail polish can be used for more than just manicures. I’ve compiled a list of ten additional uses for your growing nail polish collection, which will help channel some creativity without breaking the bank!

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1. Color organize your keys

Does your key chain rival a high school janitor’s? If you’re spending too much time fumbling to find the right key, painting them with nail polish is an old school trick to save yourself time.

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2. Customize your iPhone charger

Since iPhones are pretty abundant nowadays, almost everyone always has a charger. Make yours stand out with a cute design, or even better: GLITTER! Just make sure to seal in your design with a single layer of clear polish.

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3. Stop stocking runs with clear polish

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. If/when you snag a new pair of tights, stop the run in its tracks by simply dabbing some clear nail polish at both ends of the run to minimize damage.

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4. Waterproof matches

It’s too cold for camping (for me, at least), but it’s never to early to stock up on survival supplies. Plus, if your matches get wet, you’re in for a cold, dark night. An easy way to waterproof stick matches is by applying a heavy coating of clear new polish over the match head, preventing any moisture from penetrating. Just make sure to let them dry completely before packing them up.

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5. Create marbled glassware

This is a great way to spice up boring ol’ clear glasses. It’s similar to how you would water marble your nails, check out the full tutorial here!

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6. Paint your phone case

You can find clear cases on Amazon for only a couple bucks, or you can refurbish a case you’re already using. There are tons of tutorials on various blogs and YouTube if you need inspiration, or you can just let your creative juices flow and see what happens!

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7. Use clear polish to thread a needle easier

I KNOW that I’m not the only one that struggles with threading a needle. Save yourself a lot of trouble with some clear polish. Lightly dip the end of the thread in clear nail polish and let it dry for a few minutes. This will make it much easier to pull through the needle.

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8. Cover car scratches

Accidents happen. Almost everyone has accidentally bumped into a hedge or scratched some paint off their car in a minor fender bender. If you find a nail polish shade that very closely matches your car’s paint job, it will work as a less expensive “touch up” paint, since both paints are made of similar ingredients.

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9. Mini polish bottle vases

I MEAN, AREN’T THEY JUST ADORABLE? Maybe it has something to do with my obsession with small things, but I can’t even handle these mini vases. This is the perfect way to recycle old nail polish bottles you have lying around. Check out the full tutorial here!

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10. Prevent costume jewelry from tarnishing

Have you ever noticed that your skin turns green after wearing a statement necklace or a fancy bracelet? You can prevent this by painting a clear coat of polish on the side that comes in contact with your skin. Just make sure to let it dry completely before you wear it.

Are there any other additional uses for nail polish?

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  1. My dad used to use my bright colored polish to mark wiring for surround sound systems when they are disconnected and moved. Makes matching everything up again super easy.

  2. Learned #1. from my mum

  3. The nail polish matches seem a little bit scary to me. . . Isn’t nail polish kind of flammable?

    • I think that’s the point. The polish will not allow water to penetrate the important part of the match, but will not prevent the match from lighting. Just put the polish on the head though, and the rest of the match should burn as normal, and the nail polish will just get rubbed off/burned when you light the match. It is unlikely the polish will cause the matches to burn prematurely, if that is what you were worried about?

  4. Use nail polish to create colored bobby pins. Match them to your dress, shoes, etc! Here’s some of my tips: http://monikarunstrom.com/blog/2013/12/diy-colored-bobby-pins-perfect-holiday-dos/

  5. I love the mini vases! I will be saving every single one now. I wonder if you could use chalk board paint and write on the squared bottles?

  6. Wish I’d known about #9 before I threw out all my old nail polish!

  7. I use nail polish to paint my bobby pins :). I just put them on a piece of cardboard covered in wax paper before painting them. that way they can dry without getting polish everywhere and they don’t stick to the surface