Hairspray is used to create and adjust hair for many people but this isn’t the only way to use it.
There are so many great uses for hairspray at home. We’ve collected 50 of the most brilliant uses that you probably didn’t know before. Hairspray can do everything from removing leather stains to preventing your feet from slipping in your shoes.
Take a look through this list and you’ll never want to be without hairspray at home again!
1.) Tighten Screws
Secure screws by tightening them as much as possible. Then, spray them with hairspray to hold them in place. This makes them even more secure and can prevent things from slipping or breaking.
2.) Stop A Run In Pantyhose
Few things are as frustrating as a run in your hose. You can stop a run from getting worse by spraying the hose with hairspray. The hairspray bonds with the hose, so they are less likely to rip any further.
3.) Display Food Enhancer
If you want to use real food as décor, you can spray it with hairspray to make it shiny and to make it last longer. No need to spend money on expensive plastic fruit when you can make it yourself. Just don’t eat it.
4.) Lint Removal
Lint can be difficult to remove. But if you spray a towel with hairspray, it picks lint up much more easily. No picking and peeling for hours. Just spray, wipe, and you’re done.
5.) Pet Hair Removal
Pet hair can be hard to remove from furniture and clothing. To make it easier, spray some hairspray on a towel then rub it on the furry areas. The towel will pick up hair much easier and will remove it from any surface.
6.) Thread A Needle
Are you having trouble getting a frayed thread through a needle? Spray the end of the thread with some hairspray. It will stiffen up and be easier to get through the eye of the needle. Now you can sew on those buttons twice as fast.
7.) Preserve Flowers
Have some special flowers you want to save? Drying them can make them crunchy and cause them to fall apart. However, you can preserve them by spraying them with hairspray. A few sprays and your flowers will look better and last longer.
8.) Hold Zippers In Place
Sometimes, zippers don’t want to stay up. That can be embarrassing. Keep your zipper in place by spraying it with hairspray. The hair spray will keep you zipper up so you don’t have to constantly check it.
9.) Petrify Insects
If you are making an insect collection and need to preserve the insects, spraying or soaking them in hairspray can help. The hairspray will kill them quickly and also keep them looking great. Your bug collection will be much easier to complete with this simple hack.
10.) Light A Fire
If you need to light a fire and have nothing else to start it with, simply spray some hairspray over the flame from a lighter. You can easily catch wood or paper on fire this way. This can be dangerous, so be careful.
11.) Keep Shoes From Slipping
Are your shoes rubbing on your heels and slipping off your feet? Add a little hairspray to the inside heel of the shoe to keep it in place and avoid blisters. You also could spray the bottom of your feet.
12.) Preserve Leaves
Need to preserve some leaves for an art project or decoration? Spray them with hairspray to bring out their natural colors and to protect them. Your leaves will look better and last longer.
13.) Remove Leather Stains
If you have leather shoes or furniture that have some marks or stains on them, hairspray can remove them. Spray some on the stain, and then use a clean cloth to wipe them down. Your leather will look as good as new.
14.) Save Chalk Art
If you or your kid likes to draw with chalk, but you hate how it wipes off so easily, consider spraying the finished masterpiece with some hairspray. The hairspray won’t let the chalk wipe off as easily, so you can proudly display it without worry. It’s a great way to make your arts and crafts last longer.
15.) Self Defense
If you don’t have pepper spray and need to fight off an attack, spraying hairspray in a person’s or animal’s eyes can give you enough time to escape. If you don’t have pepper spray, hairspray can save you in a pinch. Just don’t forget to keep a small bottle in your purse or car.
16.) Stop Art From Smudging
If you make art with markers or ink, it can easily become smudged. Protect it by spraying the dried surface with hairspray. No more smudges! Now your art can last longer and look more professional.
17.) Turn Newspaper Into Wrapping Paper
Recycle newspaper to use as wrapping paper by spraying it with hairspray. This will make it stronger and easier to fold and shape. This is a great way to save money and also upcycle.
18.) Remove Ink
Ink stains are almost impossible to remove. However, hairspray can handle it. Spray it on the stain and then gently blot the ink up to remove it.
19.) Remove Hair Dye From Fabric
If you happen to drip some hair dye on your shirt, don’t panic. Simply spray the dyed area with hairspray. Then, gently blot the dye up to remove it.
20.) Straighten Curtains
Want to straighten your curtains without taking them down and ironing them? Just spray them with hairspray. Then, just give them a quick fluff.
21.) Strengthen Stockings
If you are worried about your stockings getting ripped, simply spray them with some hairspray before you put them on. They will be stronger than ever. Now you can take on the day without any worries.
22.) Glue Remover
It can be almost impossible to get the glue off your skin and other surfaces. However, hairspray can loosen up the glue. Then, it will peel off easily.
23.) Remove Lipstick Stains
Lipstick stains can ruin your clothing or linens. However, hairspray can remove them without any problems. Simply spray the stain and blot it with a cloth. It should come right out.
24.) Make Rub-on Transfers
If you have a decal or image you would like to use as a transfer, you can spray hairspray on it and easily transfer it to a clean surface. No need to buy expensive kits or tools. You have everything you need in your bathroom cabinet.
25.) Make Metals Shiny
Need to polish your silver or metal décor? First. spray some hairspray on it. Then, use a cloth to rub it in. It will also help prevent fingerprints. So amazing!
Want to keep your balloons from popping so easily? Spray them with hairspray to add a layer of protection and make them last a little longer. This will also help reduce the static cling of the balloons, so they don’t stick to everything.
27.) Fix Halloween Spider Webs
Those cute fake spider webs make great Halloween decorations. However, they can get everywhere. Keep them in place by spraying them with hairspray.
28.) Clean Nail Polish
Did you accidentally spill some nail polish? Don’t scratch and pick at it. Just spray some hairspray on the spill, and you can wipe it up easily.
29.) Temporary Hair Color
You can make your own temporary hair color by spraying your hair with hairspray and then sprinkling Kool-Aid on top of it. Just wash it out when you are done. This is a great option for Halloween costumes and school spirit days.
30.) Stop Static Cling
Are you tired of your dress sticking to your tights or legs? Just give the dress a quick spray of hairspray. This will get rid of that static cling.
31.) Dry Nail Polish Faster
Sometimes, you need to do your nails fast. Instead of waiting on them to dry, just spray them with hairspray. Then, they will dry much faster.
32.) Set Makeup
Tired of your makeup running? When you finish putting your makeup on, close your eyes and give your face a light spray with hairspray. Your makeup won’t run and will stay where you put it.
33.) Tame Fly-aways
Hairspray is meant to keep your hair in place. However, instead of spraying it on your head, try spraying it on your brush or comb. Then, brush back your fly-aways to tame them.
34.) Tame Eyebrows
Need to tame your eyebrows? Spray a little hairspray on a toothbrush and brush your brows into place. It works better than expensive makeup, and it’s fast and easy.
35.) Hold Fake Snow On A Christmas Tree
Love the look of fake snow on your Christmas tree but hate the mess? Keep it in place by spraying it with hairspray. It stays on the tree instead of your floor.
36.) Keep Bobby Pins in Place
If our hair is super clean or really fine, bobby pins have a hard time staying in. There’s an easy fix for that! Before putting the bobby pins in your hair, spray them with a bit of hairspray. It will help them stay in place.
37.) Gloss Your Wrapping Paper
Make your gift-wrapped presents look like they were done by a professional by spraying the wrapped gift with hairspray. I will make the wrapping paper look and feel thick and glossy.
38.) Bug Repellent
Hairspray is a great alternative if you don’t have any mosquito repellent. You might feel a bit sticky, but it’s less toxic than most bug sprays and just as effective. Great for camping or a summer evening on the patio.
39.) Prevent Skirts and Dresses from Riding Up
If you’re wearing a short skirt or dress, they can often ‘ride up’ when you walk around. Keep your dress or skirt in place by putting a thin layer of hairspray on your legs, especially the top of your thighs. Gymnasts use this trick to keep their leotards in shape.
40.) Preserve Patent Leather Shine
Patent leather shoes can get scuffed and dull after a while. Polish them up and then spray them with hairspray. The hairspray will keep the shoes polished for much longer.
41.) Wreath Preserver
Keep your Christmas wreath fresh for longer with a little help from hairspray. Give your evergreen wreath a thin coat of hairspray; the polymer will lock in the moisture, keeping your wreath green and fresh-looking for longer.
42.) Recipe Card Protector
Do you have index and recipe cards that you like to reference while cooking? Often times, they become spilled and splashed on, making them flimsy and hard to read. Protect them by giving them a spray of hairspray. After one coat, let dry and repeat two or three times.
43.) Glitter Glue
When doing arts and crafts, glitter can be a tough thing to work with. Trying to glue glitter onto items can be a bit of a mess. Instead of glue, use hairspray. Just coat the item in a few sprays then sprinkle on the glitter.
44.) Cut Flower Preservative
Hairspray slows down the wilting of cut flowers by stiffening the blooms to preserve their youthful appearance. Hold the hairspray a foot away from the plants and spray the underside of the leaves and petals to make them last longer.
45.) Clean Ink and Markers Off Walls
If you have little ones running around the house, you’re bound to end up with markers or ink on your walls at some point. Spray the ink with some hairspray and gently scrub off. Permanent marker will require rubbing alcohol, though.
46.) Protect Long Drapes from Dirt
Long, flowing curtains are beautiful but they’re a dirt magnet. Prevent dirt and dust from collecting on your drapes, be sure to coat your drapes or curtains with a few coats of hairspray. The dust and dirt won’t penetrate the polymer, leaving your drapes nice and stain-free.
47.) Pottery and Clay Finisher
Do you like to do pottery or clay work in your free time? Hairspray is going to be your new best friend. After you’re done creating your masterpiece, spray it with hairspray and give it a gentle rub with a soft cloth. It will have a beautiful shine.
48.) Remove Sticker Residue
If you’re little one puts a sticker in a place where it shouldn’t go, it can be a bit of a pain to remove. The sticker never comes off in one piece, then you’re left with pieces of adhesive and paper left on your furniture or wall. Spray the residue with some hairspray and scrub with a cloth, it should come right off.
49.) Keep Shoelaces from Coming Undone
Some shoelaces seem to never want to stay tied. If you happen to have a pair of that kind of shoelaces, hairspray can help with that. Before tying, give them a spray of hairspray. They should stay laced all day.
50.) Home Air Freshener
If you’re expecting guests and realize your house is smelling a little less-than-fresh, hairspray can work in a pinch. Spritz and spray some hairspray in the air around each room of the house. It will help freshen the air–or at least, disguise any smells until you get around to cleaning.
Now you can take advantage of hairspray in many more ways than imagined.
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