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 1

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

Step 2

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 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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


Renee Miller

Renee Miller began writing professionally in 2008, contributing to websites and the "Community Press" newspaper. She is co-founder of On Fiction Writing, a website for writers. Miller holds a diploma in social services from Clarke College in Belleville, Ontario.