10 Simple And Surprising Hairspray Hacks For Home And Beauty

by Phil Mutz
Phil is an Editor at LittleThings. He loves writing and the outdoors. You can often find him at the movies or the park.

When it comes to my bathroom cabinet, I always seem to have more products than I know what to do with.

Fortunately, quite a few of these items have alternative uses that ensure they’ll never go to waste, such as a simple bottle of Listerine (which can be used for everything from fighting foot fungus to cleaning toilets).

Hairspray also happens to be one of those products that I seem to collect without ever really using… that is, until now. Hairspray has a wide variety of surprising uses that make it one of the most versatile items in my bathroom.

Scroll through below to see 10 unexpected ways to use hairspray — each idea is more impressive than the last.

Who knew that hairspray could be helpful for preserving flowers, removing pet fur from furniture, and drying newly painted nails more quickly?

I definitely plan to put my hairspray to good use after reading this. What other unusual uses have you found for an ordinary can of hairspray? Let us know in the comments!

Why Hairspray?

Can of hairspray
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In addition to taming those wild locks, hairspray is actually an extremely versatile product, thanks to its ability to both hold and seal.

And most importantly, you probably already have this inexpensive product sitting in your bathroom cabinet.

Keep scrolling to see exactly how your simple can of hairspray can make life a whole lot easier.

Surprising Use #1: Removes Stains

Spray hairspray in ink stain
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Ever have a pen explode or get lipstick on your favorite shirt? Hairspray is great at getting rid of ink or lipstick.

Trish Barber, author of Extraordinary Uses For Ordinary Things, writes for Reader’s Digest, “Apply hair spray to the lipstick stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe off the hair spray and the stain should come off with it.”

The same goes for ink that your toddler may have scribbled on some fabric!

Surprising Use #2: Preserves Flowers

Hairspray on flowers
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Want your beautiful flowers to last a little while longer? Grab a can of hairspray.

According to, “Just as it preserves your hairstyle, hairspray keeps flowers pristine and prevents wilting.”

Simply spray the undersides of the petals, then “hang [the] flowers upside-down to dry before returning to [the] vase.”

Surprising Use #3: Protects Recipes

Using hairspray to preserve recipes
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“Don’t let the spaghetti sauce on the stove splatter on your favorite recipe card,” writes Trish Barber.

“A good coating of hairspray will prevent the card from being ruined by kitchen eruptions.”

This easy method will preserve your cherished family recipes for years to come!

Surprising Use #4: Extends The Life Of Shoe Polish

Hairspray on shoes
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After going through all the work of polishing your shoes, you want it to last as long as humanly possible. suggests, “Spray a light coat onto shoes after polishing to set the color and help it last longer.”

Surprising Use #5: Grabs Unwanted Pet Fur

Rubbing carpet with hairspray
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For some reason, pet fur loves to stick to hairspray, making this a great method for de-furring your home!

According to the Krazy Coupon Lady, “Spray hairspray on a dry cloth and wipe down your furniture. The pet hair clings to the hairspray leaving your furniture pet-hair free!”

Surprising Use #7: Protects Curtains

Spray curtains with hairspray
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As weird as it sounds, you’ll probably want to spray on the hairspray next time you get a new set of curtains. writes, “If you want to keep your curtains looking new, use hairspray. Spray with several coats, allowing each layer to dry before starting the next.”

Surprising Use #8: Dries Painted Nails

Spray nail polish with hairspray
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Need your newly painted nails to dry a little faster? Try spraying on some of this extremely versatile product!

According to, “After you’ve painted your nails, use a little hairspray to help them dry faster.

“Use an aerosol version from 6-8 inches away so the polish will set without being disturbed by the spray.”

Surprising Use #9: Removes Sticky Labels

Hairspray on sticky labels
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Pesky labels can sometimes be difficult to remove and can leave behind a gross residue. writes, “Hairspray helps remove that sticky residue leftover when you peel off a sticker or label.”

Surprising Use #10: Eliminates Static

Hairspray on clothes
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Whether it’s your hair or your clothing, static electricity can be a real pain.

That’s why recommends that you “spray a light spritz of hairspray to calm it down.”

Each of these incredible hairspray hacks is more helpful than the last!

Which of these do you plan to try? What other surprising uses of hairspray have you found success with? Let us know in the comments.

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