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14 Extraordinary Uses for Nail Polish Remover You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

If you've only been using nail polish remover on your nails, you're only tapping a fraction of its potential! Here are 14 brilliant ways to put nail polish remover to work all around the house.

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Use nail polish remover to clean a yeyboard

Laptop keys getting a bit grimy? Simply moisten a cotton swab with nail polish remover, and gently dab laptop keys to restore them to their original condition.

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Use nail polish remover to unhinge Superglue

Superglue will stick tenaciously to just about anything, including your skin. And trying to peel it off your fingers can actually cause skin damage. Instead, soak a cotton ball with acetone-based nail polish remover and hold it on the skin until the glue dissolves.

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Use nail polish remover to eliminate ink stains

If the ink stains on your skin won’t come off with soap and water, they are probably not water-soluble. Try using nail polish remover instead. Take a cotton ball and wipe the affected areas with the solution. Once the ink stains are gone, wash skin with soap and water. Nail polish remover can also eliminate ink stains on the drum of your clothes dryer. Another stain remover is toothpaste.

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Remove stickers from glass

Scraping price stickers from glass objects can be messy, and it often leaves behind a gummy adhesive that attracts dirt and is sticky to the touch. Remove the stickers and clean up the residual glue by wiping the area with acetone-based nail polish remover. The same method can be used for removing stickers and sticky residue from metal surfaces.

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Use nail polish remover to dissolve melted plastic

Ever get too close to a hot metal toaster with a plastic bag of bread or bagels? The resulting mess can be a real cleaning challenge. But don’t let a little melted plastic ruin a perfectly good appliance. Eliminate the sticky mess with nail polish remover. First unplug the toaster and wait for it to cool. Then pour a little nail polish remover on a soft cloth and gently rub over the damaged areas. Once the melted plastic is removed, wipe with a damp cloth and dry with a paper towel. Your toaster is read for the next round of bagels. The same solution works for melted plastic on curling irons.

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Use nail polish remover to rub paint off windows

Spare your nails the next time you want to remove paint on a window. Working in a well-ventilated area, dab on nail polish remover in small sections. Let the solution remain on the painted areas for a few minutes before rubbing it off with a cloth. Once finished, take a damp cloth and go over the areas again.

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Restore floors

Pour onto a paper towel, and wipe away unsightly shoe marks on tile, laminate, and concrete floors (avoid using on wood).

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Rejuvenate stained china

Soak an old cloth, then dab coffee- or tea-stained areas; rinse off the nail polish remover with soap and water. Avoid decorative patterns, which could be ruined. Another item that can be used in your house is essential oil.

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Shine shoes

Saturate a paper towel, and wipe footwear until any scuffs or stains disappear. Use a damp cloth to remove leftover residue from the nail polish remover.

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Revive a watch

To remove cuts and dings from a plastic watch cover, use a cotton swab. Because acetone can dissolve plastic, it will level and smooth the surface. But don’t scrub too hard, or you could wind up making a hole in the plastic.

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Clean razors

Acetone is a disinfectant that can be found in many brands of nail polish remover, so dunk a razor to sanitize it, then rinse off gunk between the blades as well to make them last as long as possible.

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Eliminate bathtub ring

To rid a tub or shower of soap and scum stains, dilute the polish remover with a little bit of water, and use a stiff brush to quickly scrub away residue. You can also use hydrogen peroxide in the bathroom as a toilet cleaner.

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Sanitize beauty tools

Beauty tools like tweezers, eye last curlers, and nail clippers can harbour germs, especially if shared among friends and family. In fact, dirty tweezers may be a reason you get breakouts between or above your eyebrows. Rinse these items in nail polish remover and wipe clean for sanitized beauty products.

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Refresh your nail polish

The most common use of nail polish remover is to take off polish from your nails. But you can actually pour a bit of nail polish remover into old bottles of nail polish that start getting dried up or chunky. Pour a small drop into the polish and shake well. Your manicure will look as good as ever.

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