A salute to clear nail polish.

Clear nail polish, thank you for all the time you've saved us! Here are just a few of its many uses.

Eyes on the prize
Keep an eyeglass screw in place. If your specs are a bit wobbly, tighten the screws and top them with a dollop of polish.

Cute as a button
Secure buttons by applying a thin layer of polish to the center to keep the thread from coming loose.

Rub a dub dub, no rust in the tub
Avoid rust stains in the bathroom by coating the bottom of a shaving-cream can to fend off rust rings on tubs and sinks.

It's not you, it's me
When an envelope flap won't stay stuck, find closure with clear polish.

Clearly stunning
Extend the life of jewelry by painting a thin coat onto a costume bauble to prevent it from losing its luster.

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