How to Get Hair Spray Off Wood Cabinets

The mist from your hairspray often leaves a residue on wood cabinets that over time builds up to a sticky mess. Hairspray is water soluble and if wiped immediately, is easily removed. However, when it is allowed to accumulate into several layers, it takes a bit more effort to remove the stains and prevent the sticky residue from discoloring your wood or damaging the finish. Hairspray residues may be removed using one of a few products that you may already have in your home.

Rubbing Alcohol for Sticky Residue

Step 1

Wet a sponge with rubbing alcohol and apply it to a hidden area of cabinet. If the alcohol removes the finish or alters the color of the wood, do not use it to clean the hairspray from the cabinet.

Step 2

Scrub the wood gently with the alcohol-soaked sponge. Scrubbing vigorously could damage the finish.

Step 3

Leave the alcohol to break down the hairspray residue for a couple of minutes, and then wipe again.

Step 4

Mix a few drops of dish soap into a gallon of water. Use the solution to wipe the hairspray residue from the wood. Dry the cabinets with a towel immediately.

Baking Soda and Toothpaste for Multiple Layers

Step 5

Mix baking soda and white toothpaste in equal parts. Dampen a clean cloth with water, and dip it into the baking soda mixture.

Step 6

Apply the paste to a hidden area of the cabinet. Let it sit for a minute, then wipe it away with a damp cloth. If the paste does not damage the color or the finish, the paste is safe to use to remove the hairspray.

Step 7

Rub the hairspray residue on the wood in circular motions. Work on one small area at a time.

Step 8

Wipe away the paste with a damp cloth, and dry the cabinet immediately.

Step 9

Continue scrubbing with the paste until all hairspray residue is removed. Repeat as needed.