Finally – a way to put all those bottles of nail polish to good use! Today we’re sharing 22 terrific uses for nail polish that will come in handy all around the home.

Clear nail polish is an amazing sealer, glue, and protective layer, making it useful for loads of things you’ve probably never considered.

Intrigued? Check out our 22 new uses for nail polish below and prepare to be amazed!

1. Prevent pearl buttons from peeling

Pearls are such a pretty accessory that bring a touch of class to any outfit. The only problem is that they can often peel.

Coat faux pearl buttons, necklaces and earrings in a layer of clear nail polish, and it’ll keep them looking great for years to come.

2. Stop fabric from fraying

Fraying is actually pretty fashionable right now, but there’s a limit. If your clothing starts to fray, you can give it a coating of nail polish.

It’s a quick way to save your denim skirts from fraying into nothingness.

Discover more clothing hacks to save you money in our other article.

3. Mark levels in buckets, jugs & more

If you ever need to mark a certain point on a liquid measurer, don’t risk pens running. Instead, use a coloured nail varnish to mark the level – unless you’re measuring nail varnish, it’s guaranteed to stay put!

4. Make threading needles easier

Once you’ve got going, sewing can be extremely therapeutic. One thing that isn’t, however, is threading needles. Some threads just don’t seem to want to cooperate and refuse to go through the loop.

Don’t waste time struggling – coat the end of your thread in nail varnish and it will be much easier to thread.

5. Seal an envelope with clear nail polish

Do you hate licking envelopes?

If you can’t stand the taste of glue – and who can really blame you – or your envelope seal isn’t sticky enough, you can use clear nail polish in its place.

Apply a small layer to the flap and it’ll keep everything safe inside.

6. Stop tights from laddering

Argh! It’s so frustrating when you pull on a pair of brand new tights then immediately ladder them.

If you haven’t got a spare pair, or the ladder is hidden but you’re worried about it ripping further, give it a coat of clear nail polish. Whilst it won’t fix the ladder, it will prevent it from getting any worse.

Check out our unusual uses for tights for ideas of how to use all your holey ones.

7. Colour code keys

This is one of our favourite uses for nail polish. If you’ve got a lot of keys that look the same, you can save time by painting the top of each one with a coat of nail polish in various colours.

You’ll soon get the hang of remembering which colour matches which door.

8. Seal splinters in wood

We all know how painful splinters can be. Although small, they can sure pack a punch!

If wood in your home shows sign of splintering, a quick coat of clear nail varnish will seal and smooth it down, preventing it from giving anyone a nasty surprise.

9. Reattach gems

Another wonderful use for nail polish is reattaching gems to jewellery. If you’ve lost a rhinestone or similar on one of your favourite rings, plop some clear nail varnish in the hole, add your stone, and hold in place until dry.

10. Use less salt

Overdoing it on the salt? If you keep automatically reaching for the salt shaker, this clever tip could really help you.

Remove the top of your shaker, and place it onto some kitchen roll. Next, use clear nail varnish to pain over a few of the holes, and set aside to dry.

Now, when you shake, you’ll get less salt out, automatically reducing your salt consumption.

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