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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18 Responses to How to Remove Hairspray {From Almost Everything!}

  1. Linda Hollander says:

    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. Great tips. I’m so bad at getting hairspray EVERYWHERE!

  3. Great idea. We have plenty on the bathroom wall. Our weekly Super Saturday Link Party is live. We would love to have you join us with any of your great ideas. It would make us so happy to have you on board.

  4. Congratulations…this post is featured on Create It Thursday #24! Thanks for linking up such a fabulous idea last week!

  5. Carrie says:

    I have hairspray everywhere!! What a great tip. Thanks for linking it up at Think Tank Thursday. I have featured you today at

  6. serhodes5 says:

    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?

  7. Donna Young says:

    shampoo also works.. takes hairspray out of your hair right?

  8. Rubbing alcohol works well for me. I’ve used it on glass (atop a dressing table), bathroom floor and my eyeglasses to get the hairspray off.

  9. One of the Campbell Kids says:

    Neat that Angela has brought us a solution (pardon the pun) for cleaning glasses, and that Donna and Lisa are offering alternatives. Though glasses were originally made from glass, hence the moniker, most are now made from plastics with choice of refractive index densities lighter than glass. There are several coatings available for purposes such as anti-reflection, anti-scratch, tint, and more. It would be good to hear from an optical lab tech who has taken the time to research the hairspray problem for us with these various coatings. Hello, techs? What are your suggestions?

  10. Hope says:

    NO! Don’t do this. I had a pair of glasses with dry shampoo residue on them and I tried this. It made the lenses worse! I can see better without my glasses it’s so bad. Ruined a $300 pair of glasses… should have just learned to deal with the residue.

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