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20 Unbelievable Ways You Never Knew You Could Use Hair Spray

Sure, it holds your 'do, but that's just the start of the useful jobs hairspray performs.

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Exterminate houseflies

An annoying, buzzing housefly has been bobbing and weaving around your house for two days. Make it bite the dust with a squirt of hair spray. Take aim and fire. Watch the fly drop. But make sure the hair spray is water-soluble so that, if any spray hits the walls, you’ll be able to wipe it clean. Works on wasps and bees too.

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Sidewalk chalk sealant

Did your little one just make a beautiful masterpiece on your driveway? In order to prevent the tears that come when it smudges or starts to fade, give it a coat of hairspray in order to preserve it for longer.

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Reduce runs in pantyhose

Often those bothersome runs in your pantyhose or stockings start at the toes. Head off a running disaster by spraying hair spray on the toes of a new pair of pantyhose. The spray strengthens the threads and makes them last longer.

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Clean up pet fur

As much as we love our pets, their shedding creates a mess. If you find that your couch, carpets, or even your clothes are covered in pet fur, use hairspray as a quick fix. Simply spray the hairspray onto a paper towel or rag and then run it over whatever is coated in hair. It should pick it right up and give it the clean you need.

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Remove lipstick from fabric

Apply hair spray to the lipstick stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe off the hair spray and the stain should come off with it. Then wash your shirts as usual.

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Nail polish dryer

If you’re giving yourself a manicure or pedicure and don’t seem to have a quick dry top coat, you can use hairspray to get the job done. Once your nails are double coated and a clear coat has been added, give your nails a gentle spray with the hairspray. Be careful not to spray too close because that can cause them to smudge! These tips can help make your manicure last longer.

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Preserve a Christmas wreath

When you buy a wreath at your local Christmas tree lot, it’s fresh, green, and lush. By the time a week has gone by, it’s starting to shed needles and look a little dry. To make the wreath last longer, grab your can of hair spray and spritz it all over as soon as you get the fresh wreath home. The hair spray traps the moisture in the needles.

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Zipper stiffener

Zippers can be a pain. If you have a zipper on a favorite coat or dress that keeps falling down, spray it with hairspray to harden the teeth and prevent anymore wardrobe malfunctions. You’ll be surprised how convenient this trick can be! (Here are other ways to solve wardrobe malfunctions with household staples.)

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Protect children’s artwork

Picture this: Your preschooler has just returned home with a priceless work of art demanding that it find a place on the refrigerator door. Before you stick it up, preserve the creation with hair spray, to help it last longer. This works especially well on chalk pictures, keeping them from being smudged so easily.

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Newspaper gift wrap

If you ever find yourself needing to wrap a present and don’t have any gift wrap, get creative and use some newspaper. In order to ensure the newspaper doesn’t tear easily, give it a few coats of hairspray. This will strengthen the sheets and prevent any ink from getting all over your hands.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest