How to Get Hairspray off Walls

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If you are looking for the best solution on how to get hairspray off walls, this post is for you! Even though it is intended for your hair, using hair spray also means it gets 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 is what you need:

  • Empty spray bottle
  • Shampoo
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Dry cloth


  1. Fill the spray bottle with a mixture of 1/3 shampoo to 2/3 water.
  2. Swirl to mix {if you shake it will get too bubbly}.
  3. Spray the shampoo mixture on the walls, doors, floors, counter top, curling irons, etc.
  4. Let it set for at least a minute or two.
  5. 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!
  6. Using a clean cloth, dry the walls.
  7. 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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About the Author: Anna is the creative blogger from Ask Anna. She loves to answer your household questions about cleaning, organizing, decorating and more! Anna was a monthly contributor on Somewhat Simple in 2011- 2012.

 This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in October 2011


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  1. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    Well that makes so much sense. Thanks for the tip! To minimize this problem, I usually step into the shower before I start spraying.

      • isabel Luchi says

        I love the Idea but I think for mirrors just water and sponge works super well for taking hair spray off.

    • Lori says

      Just pour some rubbing alcohol on a washcloth and go at it. It cuts the hairspray in one good swipe. No mixing and spraying and …. that’s too much like work. This method is quick and easy and cheap. I have used it on glass shower doors, metal light fixtures, marble tile and even wallpaper. On the wallpaper the cloth wasn’t real wet and rubbed lightly but it didn’t mess up the wallpaper at all.

  2. Julie says

    Hi. Just as a tip….if you have white walls or doors, the green scotch bright scrubbers may stain them green…especially if you scrub a little too hard. oops!

  3. Doughty says

    I wonder if this works with removing spray starch off floors and walls of your laundry room? If not, do you have any suggestions for that? Thanks!

      • Mallory says

        1 part vinegar to 2 parts water in a spray bottle, spray on walls and wipe off with a sponge or dampened towel. Smell dissipates and leaves walls and floors clean and fresh. I have a steam cleaner that I use and it works even better – spray with water-vinegar mixture and mop up with the steam cleaner. Clean and sanitized. Especially if you have young-ones crawling around or touching everything.

  4. says

    Fabulous! Thank you so much for this. With me and my 3 girls in the house we are constantly battling this. I am going to have to share this w/my readers soon since we’re all about hair & anything related to it!

  5. shelly says

    Baking soda and water will do the same thing. If you have a lot of hairspray build up in your hair you can rinse it with a mixture of baking soda and water

  6. Crystal says

    Clarifying shampoo might work better than plain shampoo. Only because it’s made to strip hairspray off of the hair. This is a great idea and I’m happy I found it. Never would have thought about this.

  7. Carly says

    This is genius! As a major hairspray addict, I’m constantly, and unsuccessfully, trying to scrub it off of everything in my bathroom. I can’t wait to try this tomorrow. Tomorrow is Saturday and my day off, and I couldn’t be more excited to clean. Haha!

  8. Lana says

    Hi, Anna
    Do you know
    1) an effective way to clean plastic and painted metal blindes?
    2) cleaning floor tile and especially the dirty grout? I tried every cleaning product from the stores, no luck.
    Thank you.
    I would appreciate the response!

  9. Lowrie says

    I use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle on the sink and counter and wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth. It takes hair spray off in a flash and leaves everything sparkly. I have not used it on the walls, however. Shampoo sounds like a great idea!

    • Anna says

      That’s a great idea. I’m just discovering how great rubbing alcohol is for cleaning. I’m sure I’ll have some posts on it in the future. :)


  10. Pam says

    What a great idea. I am going to give it a try. I have been looking for something to get the hair spray off my bathroom door for quite some time. Thanks for the tip.

  11. Brittini Austin says

    I am trying to get away from using ANYTHING store bought. Whether its shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, even food. Is there an all natural solution? Im not too big on all the chemicals. Thank you!

    • Sharon says

      Keep in mind that hairspray is full of chemicals. Aren’t we contradicting ourselves when we seek to clean up chemicals with only natural stuff? The daily breathing in and skin contact from hairspray certainly is more toxic than a once in a while dose of Windex (or whatever).

  12. carrie says

    i clean houses for a living and the best way to remove hairspray is windex,only takes a few seconds to work,then wipe it off with a dry rag no rinsing no scubbing .dont be afraid to spray a lot,sometimes heavier build up requires more windex,and for those wanting to get away from chemicals use hot as you can stand it water,it works pretty good too.

  13. dirty bathroom says

    Haha @Brittini Austin. You want to get away from using chemicals to clean a chemicals left over from a chemical cloud you spray around your *head* in the bathroom everyday? Sorry, I just found that to be very funny.

    On topic, at what frequency do you guys have to clean the bathroom to keep the grit away?


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  15. Mikki Schlaud says

    Thanks got to try shampoo. I’ve tried windex. I clean houses and one client has a small bathroom with hairspray only the walls and floor.

  16. Corrina Mason says

    How do you remove years of built up hairspray from previous homeowner on a solid wood door in my bathroom that has shellac on it. I don’t want to ruin the finish on my door.

    Thank you!!

  17. Doris, says

    Get a washcloth and fill it with alcohol and wipe away all the sticky hairspray in the bathroom. My daughter uses too much hairspray and her bathroom gets in a mess. The floors and walls are gummy! The only thing that has worked on it is the alcohol.

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  19. Shannon says

    Scrubbing bubbles bathroom cleaner works miracles on hairspray residue! I spray it on the counters, floors, door handles, walls, baseboards, and it has never harmed any of the finishes and it cleans like nobody’s businesses!! Love this stuff!! Foams up, wipe, done!!

  20. theresa moseley says

    Blue Dawn dish detergent does it exceptionally well. Same process…mix with water in a spray bottle and use a clean soft cloth.

  21. Kim says

    Thank you for this great tip! I have found that Windex also works well on my countertop and mirrors in removing hair spray.