How to get hairspray off glass & mirrors

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How to get hairspray off glass & mirrors
Pictures in the bathroom can fall victim to hairspray stains. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Hairspray does an admirable job of keeping your tresses in place, but it's a nuisance when it adheres to objects such as mirrors and picture glass during application. Once the hairspray dries on an object, you can't wipe it away easily with a wet cloth because it will smear and leave an unsightly residue. Instead, you will have to turn to the power of a solvent that will cut through the hairspray and restore your mirror or glass back to its original gleaming appearance.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 1 tbsp rubbing alcohol
  • Small container
  • Cotton balls
  • Clean, lint-free towel

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  1. 1

    Pour 1 tbsp of rubbing alcohol into a small container. Dip one side of a clean cotton ball into the solvent.

  2. 2

    Rub the alcohol-soaked cotton ball on the affected area of the mirror or glass to power away the stains.

  3. 3

    Wipe the glass or mirror with a clean, lint-free towel to remove any alcohol residue.

  4. 4

    Check the surface for cleanliness and repeat Steps 1 to 3 if needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Step away from pictures, windows and mirrors when spraying your hair. Check your hair in the mirror after spraying. This will help keep hairspray staining on mirrors and glass to a minimum.

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