If you’re like many women, you own at least a couple nail polish colors that you like, but rarely wear. Instead of letting those lacquers sit in your dresser untouched for months at a time, try one of these nifty DIYs.
1. Easily thread a needle.
Threading through the tiny eye of a needle can be tough, but applying a little nail polish to the tip of the thread makes it stiffer, and therefore simpler to push through.
2. Prevent jewelry from turning your hands green.
We’ve all bought some jewelry that was, ahem, less than high-quality — and the little green ring on your skin is the telltale sign. Hide your inexpensive secret by applying a little clear polish on the inside of your rings and bracelets, creating a barrier between the metal and your skin.
3. Keep your jewelry from tarnishing.
Applying a touch of glossy clear polish on the metal portions of cheap or costume jewelry can keep it from losing its metallic plating and sparkle.
4. Sealing an envelope.
Hate licking envelopes? Apply a dab of nail polish along the flap instead, then seal.
5. Keep a nail from breaking further.
When you get a small tear in your nail, don’t reach for the clippers right away. Instead, try this trick to repair it: snip off the corner of an unused tea bag, place it over the tear, then dab a little clear nail polish overtop to seal it. Apply your favorite nail polish color on top to hide the evidence.