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Creative people are always discovering fresh, new uses for everyday products. I bet you didn’t know that enamel (clear nail polish) is no longer only used for manicures. This dependable piece in your manicure kit just turned out to have purposes way beyond beauty. Check out six surprising things you can do with the nail polish that doesn’t involve your nails.

To mend tights

Surprising, isn’t it? But with your nail polish, those torn tights you have are in luck. If you notice a little rip in your tights, just paint over it with enamel to keep it from getting worse. The polish hardens it and stops the tear from getting bigger.

Seal envelope

Instead of using saliva on an envelope to seal it, apply a bit of enamel instead. Dab the flap with a line of enamel and press it closed.
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Prevents new costume jewellery from rust

Some of us can attest to the fact we have had to mourn over the beloved costume jewellery we didn’t get to rock for as long as we wanted. To prevent this unpleasant situation, apply a small amount of enamel over your bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces to slow the rusting process.
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Relieves insect bites

Mosquito bites can cause irritating itchiness which lead to inflammation and scarring. The good news, however, is that dabbing a small amount of enamel unto the bite blocks oxygen to the affected area and will give a temporarily relieve to the itch.

Organize your keys

Your house keys, car keys, office keys can all have a vibrant new look. If you just moved into a new place or just got a new bunch of keys and they happen to have the same shapes/sizes, there’s a simple remedy to use for identification. Mark which key goes with which lock by painting the top of the keys – e.g.: orange for front door keys, green for back door keys, pink for bedroom keys etc. Apart from using this to differentiate your keys, it also makes your key chain look that much cuter.
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Add colour to the sole of your shoes

With nail polish you can upgrade the look of your high heeled shoes. Consider: Christian Louboutin. How do you achieve this? Be careful not to stain other parts of your shoe with the nail polish by placing masking tape along the edge where the shoe meets the sole. Cover the sole of the shoes with the nail polish of your colour using an old buffing foundation brush or a fluffy paintbrush. Allow the shoes to dry before applying a second coat.

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This article was first published on 27th February 2018


Becky Onoise is a psychologist, chocolate junkie, and puppy lover. A writer who is sorry... not sorry about correcting your grammar. She's a word enthusiast and aims to achieve her goals. Instagram handle @mz_berkey

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