Here are a few things you can do with hairspray when you need to substitute for other products.
By dorothy wedenoja from New Creek, WV
Hairspray will immobilize the insect by coating its wings, so you can safely kill it. This is a page about using hairspray to kill insects.
A frugal alternative to art fixative for charcoal, pastel, and pencil sketches is hairspray. The less expensive brands work just fine.
Removing ink from clothing and other fabrics can be done using hairspray, but it must be alcohol based. Similarly, rubbing alcohol is the easy fix if it is available. This is a page about using hairspray for ink stains.
If you have made a chalk or charcoal drawing, use a light coat of hairspray to set your drawing and help prevent smudging. This is a page about hairspray for setting chalk on paper.
It requires a lot of work to get rid of head lice, so prevention is vital. This page explores the idea of using hairspray for lice prevention.
One of the many uses for hairspray is as a bug spray for bees. The page is about using hair spray for bees.
This is a page about killing spiders with hairspray. Any kind of this common household beauty product is toxic to spiders.
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If you are like me and have a favorite pair of Converse that always get dirty on the white areas, you will like this part of the instruction. Take a paper towel (also try kitchen towels and rags) and wet it with some rubbing alcohol and rub it all over the white parts.
Carry a travel-size can of hair spray in your purse. It doesn't take up much room. If you accidentally stain your clothes with an ink pen, wine, lipstick or practically anything, spray the stain with the hairspray.