How to Remove Hairspray {From Almost Everything!}


So, I wear glasses frequently; to see stuff and read. I also often wear them while it do my hair in the morning, thus resulting in lots of little hair spray dots on the lenses. For me, this is incredibly annoying as I can see every single dot as it clouds my vision. Typically, I clean my glasses with mild soap and water then wipe them down with a microfiber cloth. However, hairspray is stubborn and the soap could not remove it. I remembered this post from Adventures of a DIY Mom and thought I’d give it a try to remove the hairspray on my glasses.

Step One: Mix 1-2 tablespoons of Borax with 3-4 cups of hot water.

Step Two: Apply borax mixture to hairspray residue and gently wipe away.

Super easy. I mixed a chunk of borax in my sink, (sorry for no pictures I was in an annoyed cleaning coma) with some hot water then dipped my glasses in and wiped them down with my fingers. The hairspray residue just dissolved. I rinsed my glasses with hot water then wiped them down with my trusty microfiber. I put my glasses on and thought “Do people actually see this clear every day?” Let me put this into perspective; hairspray covered glasses is like watching non HD TV, maybe even black and white if they’re really dirty. Seeing through clean glasses is like watching a movie in IMAX 3D; high definition overload. I just stared at things for a little while to enjoy my new high definition life.


Back to removing hairspray residue, this solution will work well on countertops, floors, fixtures, mirrors, pretty much the usual places where hairspray likes to hang out. Make sure you rinse the area after applying the borax solution as it is dangerous to ingest large amounts of borax. Please don’t poison pets or small children who lick everything by not rinsing away the borax.

Happy Cleaning!


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17 thoughts on “How to Remove Hairspray {From Almost Everything!}

  1. Fabulous! I was cleaning my glasses one day and my friend said, “Do you know that compulsive cleaning of eyeglasses is a symptom of Alzheimer’s”?
    boy, did I do a dance! I’m going to buy some borax the NEXT time I am in the market!

  2. Angela great tip for use on anything but your glasses. Judging from yhe Luxotica vogue frame you likely purchased them at lenscrafters which does not use the newest more resistant crisal anti-reflective coatings. In any case you will probably void the warranty on yours and everyone who follows’ coatings by cleaning with borax and hot water regardless of where they were purchased. Of course hairspray will also ruin the coating over time. Sister is optical owner/optician and I worked for lenscrafters and several other optical chains.

    • I did not know that, thanks! I did buy them at Lenscrafters but that was a few years ago so I do not think I have a warranty anymore, not worried about voiding it. :)
      I typically clean them with mild soap and water if they’re super grimy. Is this a safe way to clean them?

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