9 Extraordinary Uses for Nail Polish Remover

It's not just for your nails: read on for nine unusual ways to use nail polish remover when cleaning your home.

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Clean a keyboard

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Moisten a cotton swab, and gently dab laptop keys to restore them to their original condition.

Restore floors

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

Rejuvenate stained china

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Soak an old cloth, then dab coffee- or tea-stained areas; rinse with soap and water. Avoid decorative patterns, which could be ruined.

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Shine shoes

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

Erase superglue

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To dissolve heavy-duty adhesive from skin, soak a cotton swab, and rub it onto the sticky area.

Revive a watch

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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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Make marker disappear

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To remove the toughest of permanent ink stains on hands or walls, drench a cotton ball and then blot the stain away.

Clean razors

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Acetone is a disinfectant, so dunk a razor to sanitize it, then rinse off gunk between the blades as well to make them last as long as possible.

Eliminate bathtub ring

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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. Sources: thehuffingtonpost.com, ecosalon.com, allwomenstalk.com


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