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5 More Things To Do with Nail Polish

Odds are you’ve got some extra nail polish lying around, so put it to work with these fun new ways to use it around the house.

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Nail Polish dates back to ancient Egypt, and hasn’t lost any of its popularity since. Here are five new ways to use it around your home:

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1. Mend Holes in Window Screens

You notice a small hole has been poked in your window or door screen. If the hole is no more than about 1/4 inch (6 milimetres) in diameter, you can block the bugs and keep the hole from getting bigger by dabbing on a bit of clear nail polish.

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2. Keep Chipped Car Paint from Rusting

If your car suffers small dings and chips, you can keep them from rusting or enlarging by dabbing clear nail polish onto the damaged areas.

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3. Seal Out Scuffs on Shoes

On leather shoes, it’s the back and toes that really take the brunt of the wear and tear that leaves scratches on the surface. Next time you buy a pair of shoes – especially ones for a kid or an active adults – give these areas the extra measure of protection they need. Paint a little clear nail polish on the outside of the back seam and over the toes. Rub the polish in a little to feather out the shine of the polish. After it dries, you’ll be a step ahead of those perennial shoe problems “driver’s heel” and “jump rope toe.”

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4. Plug a Hole in Your Cooler

A small hole inside your cooler doesn’t make it trash-worthy yet. Seal the hole with two coats of nail polish to hold in ice and other melted substances.

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5. Seal an Envelope

Do you have a mild distrust of those self-sealing envelopes? Brush a little nail polish along the underside of the flap, seal it, and it won’t even open over a teakettle! Add some flair to a special card by brushing your initial (or any design) in nail polish over the sealed flap tip, as a modern type of sealing wax that doesn’t need to be melted first.

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