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10 Alternate Uses for Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish remover is for more than just removing polish from your finger and toenails. You can actually use this beauty product in a slew of different ways around the house. For all the alternate uses mentioned below, 100% acetone nail polish remover will be most effective.

1. Remove super glue

Ever super glued your fingers together? If so, you can resolve this sticky situation by dipping a cotton swab in nail polish remover and rubbing it over the “stuck” skin. The nail polish remover should break down the super glue and set your fingers free!

2. Remove bumper sticker residue

Unlike tattoos, bumper stickers don’t have to be “forever.” So if you’re sick of any of the bumper stickers affixed to your car (e.g., your “My Child has Perfect Attendance at Howard Elementary School” bumper sticker may be obsolete if your child is now in college), after scraping or peeling off the unwanted sticker, get rid of any residue by rubbing a little nail polish remover on the affected area. Nail polish remover should work just as well as specialty products such as Goo Gone, but at a fraction of the price. This tip will also work to remove sticker residue on most glass and metal surfaces.

3. Fix stray paint mistakes on glass windows

No matter how steady your hands or how much painter’s tape you apply to windows when painting a room, paint inevitably tends to get on the window glass. To remove small wayward paint mistakes from the glass, apply a tiny dab of acetone nail polish remover to the affected area and let it soak in for five minutes. Then take a clean, dry cloth and rub the acetone into the affected area. Next, use a clean, damp cloth to clean the area and wipe away any remaining paint residue.

4. Sanitize your razors

Due to humid conditions in your bathroom, your razors, tweezers and other metal personal care items are a breeding ground for bacteria. Here’s a gross fact for you: the hot and humid conditions in your bathroom can double the number of germs found on your razor in a mere 20 minutes! To combat all this icky bacteria, regularly sanitize your razors and other metal personal care items. Here’s an easy way to do this: buff the surface of the metal with a cotton swab; dab on a bit of nail polish remover to the metal area with a clean, dry cloth; rinse off the metal area with warm, soapy water; and then pat dry with a clean, dry cloth.

5. Remove ink stains from your skin

Nothing screams “long day at school or the office” like pen ink smudges all over your hands. To remove stubborn ink stains from your skin, soak a cotton ball in acetone nail polish remover and rub it on the stain. Then clean off the area with a warm, soapy cloth. Voila! You no longer resemble one of those blue aliens from Avatar.

6. Remove scuff marks from the floor

Unless you have a strict “no shoes in the house” policy, scuff marks on your floor are inevitable. To remove unsightly scuff marks from vinyl or tile floors, dab nail polish remover on a clean rag and rub it into the scuff marks. Then clean the area with a warm, soapy cloth. To be on the safe side, do a patch test with the nail polish remover on a small area of your floor to check for adverse reactions before wiping down larger scuff marks. Also, never use nail polish remover on hardwood floors or furniture as it will ruin the finish and oftentimes eat right through the wood.

7. Loosen glue cap

If you’re having trouble squeezing glue out of its bottle due to crusted glue residue along the cap and nozzle, dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover and apply to the affected area to break down the gunky old glue.

8. De-clump and thin out nail polish

Painting your own nails is hard; and using old, gunky, clumpy nail polish makes it even harder. To thin out your nail polish, ideally you should use nail polish thinner. But if you don’t have any of that around and are in a bind, add a few drops of nail polish remover into the bottle of nail polish, tightly screw the cap back on, and shake vigorously. Test it out, and if necessary, add more drops of nail polish remover until you reach the desired consistency.

The high water content and other ingredients in nail polish remover will cause the nail polish to separate and degrade over time, so you may want to skip this tip for your beloved and pricey special edition Essie or O.P.I. polishes. To be on the safe side, only try this tip on your inexpensive polishes that you plan on throwing out soon.

Note: Nail polish remover is very toxic; as such, avoid getting it on your skin and only use it in a well-ventilated area. Also, take care not to spill any nail polish remover on your clothes or unintended surfaces or furniture as it can easily damage, discolor, or dissolve these things. It is recommend that you do a spot test with the nail polish remover before using it on a larger area.

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5 thoughts on “10 Alternate Uses for Nail Polish Remover”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t work on super glue when I tried it.

  2. Marquita1987 says:

    Never knew a few of these facts…very useful!

  3. Jeni Tarter says:

    You can also use it to take the scuff marks off of your dress shoes!

  4. Krissy says:

    Never use nail polish remover to thin out nail polishes……..it changes the formula and can really mess it up! Also what happened to 9 & 10?

  5. Vanessa Rivera says:

    9 & 10?