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.

By Alison Caporimo
Also in Reader's Digest Magazine February 2014
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Clean a keyboard

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

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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 with soap and water. Avoid decorative patterns, which could be ruined.

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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.

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Erase superglue

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

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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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Make marker disappear

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

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Clean razors

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.

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

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