If you've ever had to spend 45 minutes scrubbing glitter polish from your fingernails, you know how powerful nail polish remover can be. Nail polish remover traditionally contains acetone (though you can buy non-acetone polish remover that's a lot less harsh) and that acetone can actually be helpful when it comes to cleaning up around your house. From permanent marker accidents to laminate stains, the nail polish remover in your bathroom cabinet can come in super handy—and not in the chipped manicure sort of way.
Take Out Permanent Marker Stains
According to WikiHow, you can use nail polish remover to get rid of permanent marker stains on both hard, non-porous surfaces (scrub the stain with a clean cloth) and certain types of furniture (pour a little bit on a clean, dry towel and dab at the stain without letting it soak the material.)
- WikiHow: How to Remove Permanent Marker
Clear Stains from Laminate
To deal with stains on plastic laminate floors or countertops, apply a small amount to a soft rag or a cotton ball, and gently rub off any marks and stains—just be sure to spot test in an inconspicuous place to make sure it doesn't do more damage than good, Family Handyman explains.
- Family Handyman: How to Remove Stains From Plastic Laminate Countertops
Handle Spilled Paint
If you spill acrylic paint on your carpet, WikiHow suggests using paper towels to blot off excess paint, then glycerin to blot the stain away as best as you can. Nail polish remover can help you get rid of any residue from there.
- WikiHow: How to Get Paint Out of Carpet
Separate Sticky Super Glue
If you've ever done a project with Super Glue, you know how easily you can get it stuck where you don't want it—or even accidentally get things stuck to you. To remove it, The Super Glue Corp. advises customers to use nail polish remover or acetone to dissolve the bond. If you have to use it on your skin, be sure to wash it off with soap and water afterwards (and moisturize, because it's super drying!)
- The Super Glue Corp.: Removing Super Glue
Save your Shoes from Scuffs
Got scuffs on your favorite shoes? According to Bustle, you can take on patent leather or tennis shoes with a little nail polish remover on a cotton ball—be sure to apply petroleum jelly or baby powder to the area afterwards, since the acetone in nail polish remover can be harsh.
- Bustle: How To Clean Your Shoes With Household Products, Because Nail Polish Remover isn't Just for Your Old Manicure
Clean your Computer Keyboard
According to Reader's Digest, you can clear off any gunk and dirt from your computer keyboard with a little bit of nail polish remover and some help from an old toothbrush—just dampen the toothbrush with the nail polish remover, and scrub your keys.
- Reader's Digest: Cheap Computer Cleaning Tips