Genius Hairspray Removal Hack

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Genius Hairspray Removal Hack (pink background with hand holding hairspray can)Genius Hairspray Removal Hack

Ever wondered how to get that pesky hairspray buildup off of your bathroom floors?

I’ve got you covered!

Over the years, I have tried many different methods of hairspray removal from my tile floors. I’ve used basic multi-purpose household cleaners with little results, as well as homemade solutions with ingredients like Dawn dish soap with only marginally better results. These solutions may work best for other bathroom surfaces, but tile floors are a different animal altogether.

However, I have finally discovered a super effective for how to remove hairspray buildup once and for all.

Why Does Hairspray Residue Build Up 

From the Poison Control website:

Today’s typical hairspray contains polymers (chain-like molecules) in a solvent and sometimes a propellant. After spraying, the solvent evaporates and leaves behind a stiff layer of the polymers on the hair to help keep it in place.

This same layer of polymers is exactly what causes this sticky layer of buildup on your bathroom tile. 

If you tend to use hairspray often (daily for many women), this residue can accumulate quickly. It feels sticky which is annoying in and of itself.

But even worse, is the fact that this residue attracts dirt and dust and even makeup, leaving your bathroom looking and feeling dirty very quickly.

How To Remove Hairspray Buildup in Bathroom

The most effective solution for removing hairspray buildup on bathroom tile is also the most simple, requiring only two ingredients: water and borax.

Before getting to how to remove hairspray buildup from floors, let’s talk about hairspray residue removal from other bathroom surfaces.

Here are some cleaning tips and tricks for various spots and surfaces in the bathroom:

  • Counter tops- use rubbing alcohol to dissolve the droplets of hairspray. A microfiber cloth is a great choice for application. Be sure to rinse with water when finished. Here is a great DIY homemade cleaning solution for natural stone counter tops from  
  • Mirrors- rubbing alcohol will work for hairspray removal on glass and mirrors as well. A microfiber cloth is definitely the way to go here too as it will prevent streaking.
  • Faucets and fixtures- depending on the finish of the fixtures, rubbing alcohol may be the best option as well.
  • Wood floors- a gentler solution of warm water and  blue Dawn dish soap is a great option for removing hairspray buildup from these surfaces 
  • Vinyl or laminate flooring- use a mix of water and vinegar to clean hairspray residue off these floors; if this is not effective, add in some dish detergent and wipe again
  • Painted walls- a solution of vinegar and water works well (do NOT use the water and Borax solution on any painted surfaces as it can work to dissolve the paint!)
  • Painted trim work/cabinets/wood doors- a solution of vinegar and water works well for hairspray removal on these surfaces as well, but simply using rubbing alcohol may do the trick (see note above about avoiding Borax on any painted surfaces)
  • Ceramic tile– (see instructions below)

How To Remove Hairspray Buildup from Tile Floors

Pink background with hand holding hairspray can

Use this cheap and easy homemade cleaning solution to remove hairspray buildup from tile floors in a matter of minutes.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost .56


  • Borax
  • Water


  • Bowl
  • Measuring Cup


  1. Measure 1 cup of Borax and add to the bowl.
  2. Mix in enough water to create a thick paste and stir until well-combined.
  3. Apply paste to affected areas on tile floor.
  4. Rub with a damp sponge or cloth until hairspray residue is fully removed.
  5. Rinse with water.
  6. Wipe dry with a microfiber cloth or allow to air dry.


*This solution could remove paint so it would not be safe on walls or any painted surfaces. Use only on tile for safest results.

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Feel free to print this helpful cleaning how-to for later reference.

Alternate Uses for Borax (Other Than Our Hairspray Removal Hack)

Borax is typically packaged and sold in large boxes, but I am certain you will love this hack as much as I do and it will be worth the cost. And since Borax is such a multi-tasking product, I wanted to give you some extra ideas for practical uses around the house:


I’d love to hear how this hairspray removal hack works for you!

Also, I always love to learn other helpful cleaning hacks, especially if you have a tip for removing this same hairspray buildup from painted walls (leave a comment).


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