Clever uses for nail files

A sturdy nail file has plenty of practical uses beyond smoothing your nails.

Here’s a few of our favourite clever uses for nail files – how many will you put to good use?

Sharpen tweezers

Like any sharp-ended object, over time tweezers can become dull and more difficult to use. You can use a nail file to sharpen your tweezers using a nail file or emery board. Close your tweezers around the nail file and then pull it out in different directions.

Prep seeds

Most seeds are coated to help them last longer and ensure they can survive before being purchased and planted. Use a nail file to gently buff away the coating – seeds will absorb water faster and begin to sprout with ease.

Touch up your suede shoes

Suede is notoriously difficult to clean, but you can handle small stains and scuffs with this simple tip. Use a nail file to lightly buff away the stain. Next, place it over the spout of your boiling kettle – the steam will finish the job without damaging the suede.

Smooth rough edges

Occasionally a much-used household item made from wood, plastic or even glass will get a small chip. You can smooth down the sharp edge by gently buffing with a nail file.

Sharpen sewing needles

The same way you can sharpen tweezers, you can use a nail file to sharpen small objects like sewing needles if they become dull. Gentle pull the nail file across the edge of the needle in one direction several times, then repeat in the opposite direction. This also works with blades and knives, too.

Remove super glue

If you’ve ever fixed a delicate item using super glue, you are probably familiar with the feeling of getting glue on your fingers. Rub it away gently using a nail file. It’s quick, simple and pain-free.

Sharpen lip liner

If you have a favourite eyeliner or lip liner that’s gone dull and don’t have a sharpener to hand, a nail file will work just as well. Gently run the edge of your liner along the nail file to bring it back to a sharp point.

Do you know any clever uses for nail files? Share your wisdom in the comments below!

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I smudged some nail varnish on my sweatshirt, and when it was dry, I used a nail file to remove it 🙂
17th Feb 2018
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They're wonderful for cleaning edges of a dirty eraser.
Margaret Hart
16th Feb 2018
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If it is a good file you can blunt down a dogs claws as the black ones are very awkward to trim as you can’t see the veins behind the claw which should not be cut. When making a model if the two pieces are not quite level you can file rough pieces off. When fitting a photo into a frame you can ease glass into the frame if it’s slightly rough. If it is pointed at the end and you want to open something use it to poke through to start an opening.

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