Clear nail polish might come cheap, but don’t let that stuff collect dust on your vanity! Beyond dressing up naked nails and glossing over painted ones, this translucent lacquer has many more uses. Here are 10 ways to maximize your bottle.
1. LAMINATE LABELS
Prevent ink from running on labels with a protective coat of clear nail polish. This will help you preserve important information on paper or plastic labels.
2. EXTEND JEWELRY LIFE
Paint the insides of your costume jewelry, like bangles and rings, with clear nail polish. This will help them maintain their luster and ensure your skin doesn’t turn green.
3. COUNTER A NICKEL ALLERGY
Coating your earring hooks with clear nail polish can also create a barrier between sensitive lobes and costume jewelry.
4. SAVE STOCKINGS
Although it isn’t a permanent solution, clear nail polish can stop a run in your pantyhose. Just dab the unravelling fabric with a thin layer of polish and repeat again once dry. (You’ll eventually have to buy new tights, though!)
5. VARNISH BELT BUCKLES
Prolong the life of a brand-new belt buckle with a thin layer of clear nail polish. This will prevent oxidation and help the metal maintain its shine.
6. STOP UNRAVELLING STRINGS
You can keep shoelaces and the drawstrings on your sweatshirt from unravelling into a ball of string with clear nail polish, too! Apply a liberal amount of polish to the frayed ends, then twist and pinch the fabric back into shape as it is drying. For a truly durable finish, apply a second coat.
7. PREVENT POPPING BUTTONS
Secure a button with a thin coat of clear polish. This will keep the thread from coming loose until you have time to darn it.
8. SEAL ENVELOPES
In lieu of using your tongue, you can paint clear nail polish on the lip of an envelope to seal it. This doesn’t just serve as a quick adhesive, it also provides extra hold.
9. SECURE LOOSE SCREWS
Clear nail polish can keep loose screws in place, whether you’re using it on large pieces of furniture or a pair of glasses. Tighten the screw, and then coat it with several layers of polish for extra staying power.
10. RELIEVE A BUG BITE
Clear nail polish can relieve an itchy insect bite until you can get your hands on some calamine lotion! Apply a small amount to the area to help you resist the urge to scratch. L-R: Orly Clear, P385, Ciaté Speed Coat, on sale at P750, Seche Crystal Clear Base Coat, P300