How to Remove Hair Spray From Glasses

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Soft, clean cloth

  • White vinegar

  • Eyedropper

  • Vodka

  • Liquid fabric softener

  • Small spray bottle

Hair spray is made of polymer and solvents, according to Frostburg State University's Chemistry Department. When you spray your hair, the solvents evaporate into the air, and the sticky polymers are what are left on your hair. They make your hair stiff and hold it into place. An example is polyvinylpyrrolidine. This polymer is also used as an adhesive to make plywood. A natural polymer that's used in hair spray is gum arabic, or tree sap.

Step 1

Use rubbing alcohol to remove sticky hair spray from glasses, according to Mrs. Clean USA Glass Cleaning Tips. Moisten a corner of a cloth with the alcohol. Wipe the glasses until the hair spray is dissolved. Then, wipe them clean with a dry part of the cloth.

Step 2

Fill an eyedropper with white vinegar. Apply several drops to the hair spray on the glasses. Wipe them clean with a soft cloth. The acidic vinegar will dissolve the sticky hair spray. The lenses won't have streaks, according to Old Time Cleaning Remedies. You can use vodka in the same manner.

Step 3

Mix together a 1:3 solution of liquid fabric softener and tap water in a spray bottle. Spray it on glasses to remove hair spray from glasses. Wipe them clean with a soft cloth. The fabric softener and water will act like a dust repellent too, according to Bemis.

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Kayar Sprang

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