Uses for Hairspray

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March 10, 2011

hair sprayHere are a few things you can do with hairspray when you need to substitute for other products.

  1. Don't have any bug spray? Spray flying bugs with Hairspray. It will do them in.

  2. Ball point pen on leather sofa? Spray with Hairspray and then rub with a clean rag. Repeat if necessary.

  3. Want to extend the life of cut flowers? Spray the underside of leaf lightly. Flowers will last longer.

  4. Can't find needle threader? Spray the end of thread lightly and it will stiffen it enough to thread your needle.
Try these, they really work!

By dorothy wedenoja from New Creek, WV

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December 30, 2018

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.

Hand spraying hairspray.

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June 1, 2018

A frugal alternative to art fixative for charcoal, pastel, and pencil sketches is hairspray. The less expensive brands work just fine.


The This is a page about using hairspray to preserve artwork.

Hairspray to
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January 18, 2018

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.

Hairspray on Black Background

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March 1, 2017

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.

A child drawing a picture on paper with chalk.

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February 18, 2017

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.


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February 18, 2017

One of the many uses for hairspray is as a bug spray for bees. The page is about using hair spray for bees.

A bee flying in front of a finger.

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February 7, 2017

This is a page about killing spiders with hairspray. Any kind of this common household beauty product is toxic to spiders.

A bottle of hairspray with a fine stream coming out of the nozzle.

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July 27, 2016

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.

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May 4, 2004

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.

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