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How to get hairspray off glass & mirrors

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

  5. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Cynthia Measom

Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

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