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14 Clever Uses for Nail Polish


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10. Waterproof Matches. Imagine that: nail polish can actually waterproof matches! Read more about this great camping trick here.

11. Keep Your Labels Smudge-Free. Coat any labels you don’t want to wear off, like cleaning product instructions, with clear nail polish.

12. Keep Old Credit Cards in Shape. Store clerks often have trouble swiping credit and debit cards past their prime. Apply a layer of clear nail polish to the magnetic stripe while you wait for your new card.

13. Seal Envelopes. One of the best ways to secure an envelope isn’t with your tongue, it’s with clear nail polish. No amount of steam will make it budge. You can also waterproof address labels with nail polish.

14. Label Keys. Have two keys that look similar? Color code them with nail polish.

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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6:36PM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

Great ideas! Thank you.

8:43PM PDT on May 22, 2014


8:43PM PDT on May 22, 2014

Interesting uses in many cases. Nail polish is something that I don't use, since it has a rather potent odour when one opens the bottle, but these are some interesting tips.

8:04PM PDT on May 22, 2014

Didn't think of nail polish for a screen or window crack.

6:16PM PDT on May 11, 2014

lots of interesting suggestions thank you :)

12:10PM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

There were a lot of interesting suggestions in here. Too bad I decided to get rid of all my polishes because I didn't want the chemicals affecting me LOL.

10:43AM PDT on Apr 27, 2014


3:10PM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

Love some of these ideas! ...seal envelopes (I often don't like licking them), fix a tear in the screen, and waterproof matches (who knew??)
Thanks so much!

5:29PM PDT on Apr 7, 2014


6:20PM PST on Mar 4, 2014


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