ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Clear Nail Polish as The Secret Sealant:

Updated on March 24, 2011

The Many Wonders of Nail Polish

Ever think about all the wonderful things that you can do with a bottle of nail polish! Personally I love having my nails manicured and polished. Depending on the season I like to change the colors that I wear . .Mostly I wear pinks and reds but sometimes especially during the summer I love to have a French Manicure. And of course my toes have to match the nail polish color I have on my hands.

But I bet many of you did not realize that there are so many other things you can use your nail polish for, in and around the house . .to gauge things, to repair things. .. mend a fraying edge . . the list goes on and on.

Maybe there is a color in your collection that you no longer like or the polish is clumpy making it impossible for it to go on your nails smoothly, so instead of tossing the bottle away here are some of the ways that have come up with to use the polish as a sealant. Sometimes depending on the task at hand you many need to use some clear polish but most of these wonders you can use any old color!

An Ounze of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Nail polishes in your Sewing Kit

Prevent Losing Buttons from Clothing

Just put a dab of polish on the thread of your buttons and amazingly the thread will never fray or come loose.

Prevent Fabrics and Ribbons from Fraying

Have you ever had a ribbon that just seemed to come apart, thread by thread? Or maybe you need to tame that wisp from hanging from the bottom of your skirt . .all you need to do is brush the fraying strays into place with you nail polish. Do the same with the ends of a ribbon and they will never unravel. Even after I hem something I add a little polish to the last stitch (ok granted I am not a great sewer so this one really comes in handy for me)

Tips To Storing Nail Polish

Never shake a bottle of nail polish for this can cause bubbles. Always roll the bottle in between your palms.

Find a little container and put your nail polished in the refrigerator. This will keep them fresh and easy yo use.

Always wipe the threads of the bottle and the cap with a little polish remover before closing them. This will prevent the cap from sealing itself from the bottle.

Some More Prevention Tips

Smudge Proof Important Drug Labels with Nail Polish

Here is a great tip to preserve important information on bottle of medicine. Just brush a coat of clear nail polish on the label and you will never smudge the label when you grab that glass of water.

Metal Containers and Rust Rings

Ever place something in your medicine cabinet only to find an ugly rust ring under the product. Here is a way to rid those hard to get rid of circles. Brush your nail polish around the bottom of the deordorant or shaving cream and you will never find a stain again.

Waterproof Address Labels - with the Secret Sealant

If you have ever mailed something in the rain you will love this one. Just brush some clear or even sheer nail polish on the address and smear no more!

Keep Laces from Unraveling

Dip the ends of the lace in clear nail polish and twist the fraying and raveled ends together. Do this in the evening so by the morning they will be dry.

Get rid of a wart

Cover the wart with clear nail polish. Not only will the wart get smaller but it should be gone in a week!

Around the House Nail Polish is a Handy way to:

Mark all sorts of things. . .

Sealing an envelope

Brush the nail polish on the underside of the flap, seal it and it wont even open over a teakettle. Or you can add some flair to your envelope by brushing your initials in a pretty color polish over the sealed flap . .kinda a new age way to create sealing wax:)

Find your measuring cup markings faster with Colorful Nail Polish

If you are like me and tend to do things fast here is a great tip for 'measuring on the fly', use a very visible color of nail polish to trace over the basic measurement levels on your measuring cup.

Nail Polish to Mark your temperature setting in the shower

Turn the shower on select your ideal setting and then turn off the flow to the shower and mark it with a bright color. You will never have to fiddle with the water temperature again!

It is also great for small repairs

Mend a fingernail

ever get a split in your nail? Grab an unused tea bag, empty the tea out and cut a piece of the bag into the shape of your nail and then cover it with clear nail polish. Press it onto the nail and file it a bit. Cover it with your favorite color polish and your are good to go . .and the break will grow out:)

Smooth wood hangers

ever get a few splinters of nicks in your wooden hangers, try dabbing a little nail polish over the rough edges to keep the hanger smooth.

Tighten loose screws

sometimes pull screws in drawers and cabinets constantly get loose. Stop this from happening by putting a little nail polish on the screw threads, insert the screw and let it dry.

Stop a run in your panty hose

just dab some clear polish on the run that is about to take over your leg . .make sure you dab both ends of the run. Not only does this stop runs but it will last through many laundering s.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      abida 6 years ago

      Colorful nails enhance the beauty of hands and this hub participates a lot to do so.I want to get my nails done too.I like this article.It is very colorful and nice.

    • wavegirl22 profile image

      Shari 8 years ago from New York, NY

      o- ha ha i knew you would somehow make your way over here and get a kick out of this one. . now you didnt think it was really going to be all nice and girly . . dont you worry no hello kitty here. . hahaha you make me laugh . and dont think these are all just feminine tips. . someday you may just have a loose screw and Im telling you there is nothing like a little nail polish to secure the sucker in place.

      always the best to see my O come round &hearts

    • dohn121 profile image

      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      A dude once commented to me about how "Nice" my nails were. I was like, "Yo, your face aint so bad either." (New Yorker; Fuggheddaboutit!). My secret? Keep 'em clean.

      You know, if you wrote about Hello Kitty dresses, I'd come and read that too, right? AWESOME HUB Shari. In all seriousness, I like your additional practical tips on feminine troubleshooting :D Just don't ask me to come to your place to do your nails (typical Asian), LMAO. xoxox


    • wavegirl22 profile image

      Shari 8 years ago from New York, NY

      LizyBoo . .tomorrow I promise i will start my homework assignment. . New York New York a New Wave Coming ;)

    • LizzyBoo profile image

      LizzyBoo 8 years ago from Czech Republic

      Shari, do not get me wrong lol! I am still not happy untill you do your homework I gave you! Nails are nice but New York by your eyes will makes me plastered. xoxoxoxoxoxo Lizzy

    • wavegirl22 profile image

      Shari 8 years ago from New York, NY

      LizzyMyBoo . .so glad you liked this one ...see what fun you can have with "girl" stuff!

      jimmy . .thanks for the great 'tips' .. hearing the excellent factor from you means so much...thanks for stopping by!

    • jimmythejock profile image

      James Paterson 8 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Shari excellent hub,I used to use nail polish on my fishing rods, it came in very useful for sticking down the loose threads that hold the eyes of the rod onto the rod.

      well done and have fun.....jimmy

    • LizzyBoo profile image

      LizzyBoo 8 years ago from Czech Republic

      Ahhhh I want to get my nails done too. I love this article. It is so colorfull and nice. Shari you made an excellent hub. When I look at my nails I see I need something done. Thank you for a great tips. xoxoxoxox Lizzy