Nail polish is a much handier tool than folks give it credit for. In addition to making your fingers a little more jazzy, nail polish can actually be a real asset in some unexpected ways. Here are five nail polish hacks that can improve your life…
Prevent rust rings
Ever picked up your shaving cream only to find a yucky orange rust ring left behind on the counter or tub? Prevent this by coating the exposed metal with nail polish and never deal with that tragedy again!
Hide shoe scuffs
Got a nick or worn spot on your fancy shoes? Find a bottle of nail polish that’s a similar colour, and fill in the scratch. This won’t be totally ideal solution for every shoe, but it can extend the life of a pair of kicks you don’t want to part with.
Make something smudge-proof
Think of clear nail polish as your “make it permanent” helper. Written on something with a Sharpie? Lock it in with a clear coat of polish. Got a bottle with printed writing that keeps fading, flaking or smudging? Clear nail polish can keep it in place and legible.
Make it perma-shiny
Cheap jewelry has a way of losing its shine over time. A coat of clear nail polish can help it stay shiny with zero tarnish. If you’ve got a ring that turns your finger green, coat the inside. Bonus? Use coloured nail polish as an enamel to turn boring jewelry into something a little more exciting.
Have some metallic polish lying around? You’re just a few swipes away from upgrading your stuff! There are probably a zillion places that a little splash of gold or silver would make your things look a little more luxe. Cover dull brass tacks; exposed screws or nail heads; edges of coasters, books or frames; handles or wire racks. The possibilities are boundless.
What are your favorite surprising nail polish hacks?