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Amazing uses for nail polish

Amazing uses for nail polish
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It turns out the usefulness of nail polish isn’t limited to your nails. Check out these extraordinary ways to put ordinary nail polish to work around the house.

Make buttons glow in the dark

Make buttons glow in the dark
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It happens all the time. The lights are dimmed, you grab the remote control to increase the TV volume, and darn, you hit the wrong button and change the channel instead. To put an end to video flubs, dab glow-in-the-dark nail polish onto frequently used remote buttons. You can also use phosphorescent polish to mark keys and keyholes and other hard-to-spot items.

Waterproof address labels

Waterproof address labels
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When you’re sending a parcel on a rainy day, a little clear polish brushed over the label will ensure the address doesn’t bleed away.

Mark levels inside a bucket

Mark levels inside a bucket
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When you’re mixing in a big bucket, you don’t typically have the opportunity to lift the bucket to check the quantity. Besides, the bucket you use for mixing might not have the measurements clearly marked at all. Make sure you know you’re using the right amounts by marking one, two and four litre levels with lines of nail polish. Use a colour that stands out against the bucket’s colour.

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Stop pantyhose runs

Stop pantyhose runs
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Pantyhose runs are a real pain. Happily, you can stop them in their tracks and prolong the life of your hose with a dab of clear nail polish. Simply apply the polish to each end of the run and let it dry. The invisible fix stops runs and lasts through many hand-washings.

Label your sports gear

Label your sports gear
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You share a lot of interests with your golf partner, including the same brand of golf balls. Make it clear who got on the green first by putting a dot of bright nail polish on your ball supply. This also works well with batting gloves and other items that don’t have enough room to fit your name.

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Stop a windshield chip from spreading

Stop a windshield chip from spreading
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If you’ve developed a small chip in your windshield, stop it from spreading with some clear polish. Working in the shade, brush the crack on both sides of the glass with polish to fill it well. Move the car into the sun and allow it to dry. You will eventually need to repair your chipped windshield, but this will give you the time to shop around.

Prevent rust rings from metal containers

Prevent rust rings from metal containers
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If your guests are going to peek into your medicine cabinet, you don’t want them to see rust rings on your shelves. Brush nail lacquer around the bottom of shaving cream cans and other metal containers to avoid those unsightly stains.

Paint shaker holes to restrict salt

Paint shaker holes to restrict salt
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If your favourite salt shaker dispenses a little too generously, paint a few of the holes shut with nail polish. Considering all the ways salt makes you sick, this is a great strategy to help you reduce your sodium intake.

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Get rid of a wart

Get rid of a wart
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Warts are unsightly, embarrassing and infection. In order to get rid of warts and prevent spreading the virus to others, cover them with nail polish. The wart should be gone or greatly diminished in one week.

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