Clever uses for hairspray

A single can of hairspray can go a long way – and it’s not just useful for preserving your hairstyles.

There’s dozens of clever uses for this common household object. Here’s a few of our favourites.

Pick up pet hair

If you don’t have a lint roller to hand, this simple trick works just as well on pet hair. Get a cloth or paper towel and spray with hairspray. Lightly run it over the surface of your furniture or clothing – it will pick up any pet hair along the way.

Strengthen tights

Cut down on ladders in your tights the first time you wear them with this simple trick to strengthen the fibres. Spray hairspray on the toes of a new pair of tights – it will help prevent laddering as you put them on.

Help nail polish dry quicker

You can seal off a coat of nail polish and help it dry that little bit quicker with hairspray. After you add your topcoat, wait a few minutes and then spray with hairspray.

Spray your Christmas wreath

Help a fresh wreath last longer and slow the shedding of needles by giving it a coat of hairspray. It traps moisture in the needles and helps them stay fresh. Make sure if you use this trick there are no lights on the wreath.

Fix a falling zipper

If you have a zipper on a pair of trousers or another garment that won’t stay put, hairspray can help do the trick. It will harden the teeth and give it that extra grip it needs.

Protect recipe cards

Protect old recipe cards from food splatter by spraying over with hairspray. It will lightly coat the cards, helping to ensure they don’t stain and can be wiped easily if they do get dirty.

Preserve cut flowers

Extend the life of a bouquet of flowers by standing about a foot away from the flowers and giving them a light spray on the underside of the leaves and petals.

As a stain remover

People swear by hairspray as a stain remover for items like lipstick, pen ink and more. Spray with hairspray, leave to set, then wash.

Stop insects

You can repel flies and mosquitos without any harsh chemicals. Just reach for a can of hairspray instead.

Remove labels

Make light work of removing labels – and the annoying sticky residue they leave behind – with hairspray. Spray and saturate the label, then let it sit for a minute or two. You should be able to wipe away the label with ease.

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

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