Repurposing Ideas: 5 Unusual Uses For Nail Polish Remover

09/04/2012 02:37 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Nail polish remover might not be as ubiquitous as, say, vinegar. But, if you have a bottle hanging out underneath the bathroom sink, you're in luck: You can use this beauty product on a bunch of uses around the house. Though the 100% acetone formula is preferable, these tips will also work with non-acetone versions. Here are my favorite other uses for nail polish remover.

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Editor's Note: While these tips have been successful for testers, we highly encourage you to do "patch tests" with the nail polish remover of your choice.

Super Glue "Cure"
Did you ever get your fingers (or other things) stuck together with super glue that you weren't intending to? Nail polish remover does a great job of dissolving super glue. Just dampen a cotton swab, and rub it along your skin to break down the glue.

Did one of your friends decided to pull a prank on you by putting a Nickelback bumper sticker on your car window, thus embarrassing you to the world at large? Don't worry. After you peel the sticker off of the window, wipe the residue down with nail polish remover. It dissolves the sticky residue and you'll be good to go.

Keyboard Cleaner
Why do they make computer keyboards light colors? No matter how clean your hands are, dirt, dust and debris settle on your keyboards. Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover and gently scrub off the keys. It will make your desktop all the more cleaner.

Scuff Eraser
On a vinyl floor, scuff marks can become a daily nuisance. To erase these imperfections, simply dab a little nail polish remover onto a paper towel (or rag) and wipe away. (Just to be on the safe side, do a patch test prior to tackling that big scuff.)

China Stain Removal
If that beloved saucer is looking worse for the wear, it's time to bust out the nail polish remover...and a cotton swab. Lightly "scrub" the stain, then wash with soap and water.

Have another great use for nail polish remover? Share in the comments below!

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