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Homemade Cleaning Solutions-10 Uses for Nail Polish Remover

Updated on June 11, 2014

There a lot of uses for nail polish remover other than simply removing tired colour from our fingernails. While no vinegar or baking soda nail polish remover has a lot of different uses in and out of the home.

Below are a list of ten great ways that nail polish remover can help in everyday situations, from cleaning to camping and some other surprising things in-between

Eliminate bathtub ring

When simple elbow grease isn’t doing the job and you don’t have time (or money) to run to the stores for a cleaner to help remove that unsightly ring around your bathtub, try using nail polish remover. Dilute your acetone nail polish with some water and with a cleaning brush scrub away that soap scum

Removing paint from a glass window

It can often be a bit tricky when painting a window sill not to get any paint on that nice clean glass, but with a little bit of luck you will have some nail polish remover on hand to help clear away the problem. Simply dab with nail polish remover and leave for a minute or two before rubbing it all away with a damp cloth.

clean tea stains with a little bit of nail polish remover
clean tea stains with a little bit of nail polish remover

Clean stained china

In our busy world today its always useful to know a quick way to remove tea or coffee stains from our nice china before guests arrive. Simply wet a cloth with nail polish remover and dab gently at the offending stains, being careful to avoid and decorative patterns which could be removed. Rinse and clean like normal before use.

Plastic watch face

Easily scratched and marked plastic watch covers often end up unusable when damaged, one way to revive a watch like this back to life is with the use of acetone nail polish remover. Use a cotton ball dampened with the remover and rub very gently over the plastic watch face, this will remove small scratches and dents as the acetone helps dissolve and smooth the plastic, but be warned if you rub too hard or too long you may very well wind up causing a hole in the very plastic your trying to save

Remove melted plastic

Remove melted plastic wrap from your toaster or oven very easily, simply wet a soft cloth with nail polish remover and rub the melted plastic until clean. Wipe over with a new cloth, damp with water, to remove any residue left on your toaster or stove top.

Remove sticker residue

Dampen a cloth with nail polish remover and rub over the area until all remains of the sticker has been removed.

Dissolve superglue

Superglue stuck on your fingers or sealing the tube of glue shut can be two of the most frustrating issues when using superglue. Fortunately nail polish remover works to help both issues. Soak a cotton ball in the remover and use to clean your hands, use a cloth soaked in remover to clean around a sealed cap to help dissolve and loosen for use.

Also helpful in cleaning up any spills that may have occurred.

use a bit of nail polish remover to help remove leeches
use a bit of nail polish remover to help remove leeches

Remove permanent marker

To remove writing or marks made with a permanent marker simply soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover and rub at the mark that you want removed, a great way to reuse older kids items already marked with a name no longer needed

Shine shoes

A simple and easy way to shine shoes is to wet a paper towel with nail polish remover and wipe over your footwear until clean, finish by using a damp cloth to remove any leftover polish, a great way to breathe new life into a tired look pair of shoes

Remove leeches

A great excuse to take nail polish and remover camping lies with those horrible “black worms” (as my children call them) more commonly known as Leeches. When one is attached simply pour some nail polish remover over the nasty little “worm” and watch as it falls away almost eager to disengage

It’s easy to see why having nail polish remover in your house for more than just beauty reasons could be very helpful indeed, the best nail polish remover for the above tips is one that will have acetone as a base ingredient this is what makes this product so very useful in so many ways


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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

      I am always stunned about how much simple items like vinegar or baking soda can be used for so many things ... so I wasn't surprised to find that even nail polish had more then one or two uses. I am so glad that you found these tips to be useful... thanks for stopping in

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      Great tips! It never occurred to me that nail polish remover could do so much.

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

      Genna east

      I am more then glad you liked the tips here, I was surprised myself the first time I tried some of these

      Hope they work as well for you :)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I loooved this hub! Removing paint from a window...I am going to try this, as I have one window that I have wondered how to fix this problem. Thank you! :-)

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia


      thanks :)

      it was a lot of fun to use not only the tips i already knew but to research the few that I added, im so glad you found it useful

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

      always exploring

      I have always been impressed how small things have so many uses when we simply look into it, thanks for taking the time to visit :)

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia


      so many different uses for such a common item, and there ares some more then what I put in here, such as cleaning your keyboard :)

      I'm glad that you enjoyed reading this, thank you

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia


      thanks so much for stopping by, its amazing what common items that we have around the house that have more then the one use that we often use them for :)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great tips nighthag. I only knew about a couple of these uses before. This is really helpful.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting how powerful nail polish is. Thank's for sharing...

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for these suggestions. Never heard of these uses, but I will not forget them.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Useful information, thank you for sharing.