How to Clean Hairspray Residue

“I am wondering if you have any ideas/suggestions/solutions for getting hair spray off walls, floors etc?  I would love to know because it has marked my bathroom walls as my daughter thinks it should be sprayed everywhere!!!”
Even if you don’t have a daughter that has taken a fancy to spraying hairspray everywhere I think we can all relate to this problem.  When spraying my hair it tends to get everywhere, doors, walls, floors, counter top, sink, curling iron, etc.  So what’s the easiest solution?
Think about it.  We use shampoo in the shower to get the hairspray out of our hair so why not use it to get it off of everything else too?!
Here’s what you will need:
Empty spray bottle
Here’s what to do:
1. Fill the spray bottle with a mixture of 1/3 shampoo to 2/3 water.  Swirl to mix {if you shake it will get too bubbly}.
2. Spray the shampoo mixture on the walls, doors, floors, counter top, curling irons, etc.
3. Let it set for at least a minute or two.
4. Using a sponge scrub the shampoo mixture off.  Be careful when scrubbing the walls, don’t use too much pressure because you don’t want to take the paint off the walls!
5. Using a clean cloth dry the walls.
6. After drying the walls, door, etc. run your hand along them, this is what I call the “touch test”.  If they still feel a little sticky then repeat the process, they’re might be layers and layers of hair spray that need to be removed.  If the walls, doors, etc. feel smooth then you are finished!
Note: I want to mention this because I don’t want you to lose the paint on your walls. DO NOT use a Magic Eraser.  Magic Erasers are great but not for this task.  You would have to scrub too hard to get the hairspray off the walls and it will end up taking paint off your walls, I learned this the hard way trying to get it off my baseboards. :/
Happy scrubbing!


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  1. Pamela Pruitt says:

    The absolute best thing to clean hairspray is baking soda and water. Its what salons use to clean hairspray gunk off the styling stations. It just strips it right off. Be sure to rinse well afterward.

  2. Julianna Lingo says:

    trying to get hairspray out of hair. I have been using Garnier Fructis for shampoo/cond but it is not getting the hairspray out of my hair and my hair is frizzy and does not feel clean.

    • I am a retired hairdresser of 30 years and as suggested in a couple of the posts here, baking soda and water removes hairspray from the hair. Just add some baking soda to a glass of water and mix. Then pour the mixture on the hair and run your fingers through for a minute or so, rinse and shampoo. It removes hairspray build-up quite nicely. It also removes the green chorine from hair that builds up after swimming all summer. I didnt clean objects with baking soda, but I did use windex to clean hairspray off of my hairdryers and countertops and floor. Works great! Im sure baking soda would clean also…

  3. Julianna Lingo says:

    What is good store bought brand, if there is one, that will clean your hair good?

    • I’m not really sure. I have red dyed hair so I use a red shampoo. I’m sure any cheap shampoo would work for getting rid of the hairspray residue.

  4. The idea behind shampoo cleaning off hairspray sounded logical to me at first. The shampoo did remove the hairspray, but it was much more work to get the slippery/sudsy shampoo off of the walls, tile and doors. Next time I will try the baking soda.

  5. i hav mirrors every where but when i clean them they r streaks and i clean again and again this bothers me help

  6. I like to use vinegar diluted in water in a spray bottle for cleaning hairspray, or even for cleaning the bathroom for that matter. A microfiber cloth works great. The vinegar mixture is also great for cleaning stovetops, microwaves and mirrors!

  7. I use a razor blade to get the hairspray off the mirror in the bathroom, works great!!!

  8. In the beauty shop, we used ammonia. Be sure to have good ventilation, tho.