How to Keep Hairspray From Building Up in a Bathroom

Hairspray buildup can be a headache.
Hairspray buildup can be a headache. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Hairspray is meant as a solution to frizzies, flyaways and style collapses. But, as is so often the case, solving one problem gives rise to another. Regular use of hairspray can lead to buildup in your bathroom -- on walls, mirrors and floors. Though preventing buildup by minimizing product use is likely your best solution, uncooperative strands may eliminate that option. The next-best choice is frequent cleaning of affected bathroom surfaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft cloth
  • Ammonia

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Dampen a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol. However, the cloth does not need to be soaking wet.

Rub a small section of the wall in a circular motion.

Examine the cloth to see if any paint has transferred to the cloth. If it has, stop using the rubbing alcohol. If you don't see any paint transfer, continue this process until you have rubbed down all wall surfaces.

Allow the alcohol to dry. In a windowless bathroom, leaving the door open and turning on the exhaust fan can hasten drying time and help clear alcohol fumes from the space.


Dampen a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol.

Wipe down the mirror.

Let the mirror dry.


Wet a soft cloth with ammonia. Ammonia fumes are powerful, so use adequate ventilation.

Wipe down the floor. Work in sections if it is more convenient for you.

Let the floor dry. Ventilating the bathroom helps hasten drying time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply hairspray while standing in the shower, then rinse away any residue during your next shower.
  • Never use hairspray or ammonia on marble floors, as both are damaging.


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