16 Extraordinary Uses For Grandma’s Hairspray

Hairspray is not very popular these days because of the number of alternatives on the market, but your grandma (or somebody else’s) probably has some that you could borrow to try out these tips.

  1. Pictures that the kids have drawn with hairspray. It will preserve them and stop them from fading.
  2. Use hairspray to remove ink marks from hard surfaces. Just spray and wipe.
  3. Ink stains on fabrics can be removed by spraying with hairspray before washing
  4. Ladders in stockings or tights can be stopped by spraying with hairspray
  5. Spraying newspaper with hairspray gives it a sheen and makes excellent wrapping paper
  6. Hairspray will preserve leaves in a flower display and help to keep the colour in autumn leaves
  7. Artwork done in chalks can be stabilised with hairspray. Spray over and the chalk won’t come off.
  8. After polishing metal like brass and copper, spray with hairspray as it will keep it shiny for longer
  9. Hair spray will remove some kinds of dried on glue
  10. If you have a zipper that keeps coming down spray it with hairspray containing lacquer and it will stay up
  11. Spray hairspray onto a tissue and use to pick pet hairs off of soft furnishings. They will stick to the tissue.
  12. Hairspray is a good emergency insect spray and will kill most flying insects
  13. Spray recipe cards used in the kitchen with hairspray. It will help to keep them clean.
  14. Straighten out ruffled curtains. Hold curtain in folds and spray with hairspray to keep them there. This works best with thin fabrics.
  15. Hairspray will also remove lipstick. Spray and leave for few minutes and then wipe away.
  16. Polish shoes and add a coating of hairspray and they will stay shiny longer

Caution: Hairspray can be inflammable, depending on the brand, so keep the spray away from fires, candles, etc. Do not inhale the spray while you are using it.

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  1. Very useful tips, Louie.

  2. Great tips. I would like to try it with the chalk drawing in summer..Thank you..

  3. Thanks, Louie, I learned a few new ones.

  4. Many new thoughts here!

  5. Fine and useful tips. I hadn’t heard of most of these before.

  6. Great Information! I would have never known about hair spray keeping a zipper in place. I have a wayward zipper on my favorite pair of jeans and I will try it out. Number 5 is another good one.

    The kids and I gathered bulrushes one year and sprayed them with hair spray to keep them from going to seed.

  7. Thanks for the tips.

  8. I really liked this article! I sure do use a lot of hairspray myself. On my hair that is. I didn’t know that it could be so handy around the house. My husband would have a fit if I started buying even more of it though, even if to use it for things around the house. I do a lot of drawing so maybe I’ll try it out on one of my drawings to keep it from smearing. That fixative you buy for drawings is higher than hairspray so my husband can’t complain there. It might save us money. Thanks for the idea!

  9. Very useful information. I like No. 5

  10. Any hairspray that is lacquer-based (even if slightly) will produce those effects, so that’s why this all works so well.

    I like to use on dried flowers – they stay ‘put’, and don’t fall off when I lightly dust them (or blow on them when getting the surface dust from them).

    You can lay out photos to scan; lightly spray the backs, and they won’t move about.

    Just think ’stay put’ – and whatever you want to work with will do that if you use the hairspray on it.

    Protect something from moisture? Hair spray will give a certain amount of that as well.

    I use it in craft projects. I use it on my charcoal drawings and my pastel drawings as a ‘fixative’.

    The cheap stuff works as well (or better) than the expensive stuff.

    I make fly paper from it – strips of newspaper and hair-spray – it gets mosquitoes too.

    When you have glitter, but no glue, use hair-spray to get the glitter to ’stick’.

  11. inflammable? dont you mean flammable? smh

  12. No, anon, I don’t mean flammable. Something that is inflammable is likely to catch fire! At least that’s what it is in British English. Maybe you should check your grammar before correcting me, or anyone else!

  13. “Flammable” and “inflammable” mean the same thing; they both mean “easy to burn.” “Inflammable” is the original word, but then in the 1920s, according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage, the National Fire Protection Association started encouraging people to use the word “flammable” instead because they were worried people could mistakenly think “inflammable” meant “not flammable.” They saw it as a safety issue. Academics were inflamed (get it?) because they didn’t appreciate the Fire Protection Association messing with the language and promoting “corrupt” words. Perhaps they thought dumb people should die a firey death if they went around holding matches to inflammable objects.

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