Life Hacks

15 Creative Ways To Use Your Hairdryer

November 25th, 2018

For most people, a hairdryer is a pretty straightforward tool used for, well, drying and shaping hair. But there are actually tons of other uses for this versatile item. A fraction of people might use their hairdryer daily, but most people don’t have the time to wash, dry, and style their hair every day. So, what can you use your hairdryer for while it’s sitting in a bathroom drawer?

Believe it or not, there are plenty of uses for hairdryers all over the house — even in your kitchen.

1. Quickly Dry Out Small Articles Of Clothing

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Every college student is familiar with this one! When you’re in a hurry, running a blow dryer over a pair of socks or underwear can make the difference between a comfortable day and fidgeting through your morning meeting.

2. Get Wrinkles Out Of Clothes

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Another common hack is using a hairdryer to remove wrinkles from clothes. This is perfect for times when you don’t have an iron and need your work blouse looking just right. Just blast the hairdryer on hot for a few minutes and watch the wrinkles fade.

3. Fix Uncomfortably Tight Shoes

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You can even use blow dryers to stretch shoes that are too tight. It only takes a few minutes. All you have to do is pop your shoes on over a pair of thick socks and blast the hairdryer on hot. The material will soften and stretch, giving your feet more room to breathe.

4. Fix Ill-Fitting Sunglasses

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The fit for sunglasses needs to be just right. Too tight, and they pinch; too loose, and they slide down your nose. Use a blow dryer to soften the earpieces, so you can gently adjust them for a better fit. This takes some delicate handiwork, so be careful.

5. Clear Away Sticky Messes

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Hairdryers can help clean up sticky residue, too. Use them to soften adhesive on price tags, book stickers, old tape, and more. Warming up the glue makes it easier to remove and wipe away, leaving your items clean without any annoying, sticky residue left behind.

6. Soften Stubborn Candle Wax Spills

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Candle wax is difficult to remove, and it can tear up surfacing if you chip or scrape at it. Using a hairdryer softens candle wax, making it easy to remove — even from tough surfaces, such as carpet. It’s a hack that can save you hours of work.

7. Remove Water Rings Or Stains From Tables

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Run your hairdryer on cool over a stain or water ring for a few seconds, then turn the heat up. The water ring should fade away almost instantly. It’s a great way to keep your grandmother’s antique table in prime condition.

8. Cut Back On Your Dusting

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Some people even use hairdryers to make dusting easier. Rather than using dusters and trying to reach tough corners, just use a hairdryer to blow any grit onto the floor, then run the vacuum to clean it up. It adds an extra step, but it may be useful for people with a house full of nooks and crannies!

9. Home Improvement Hacks

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If you have a small area that needs to be painted, there’s no need to wait a long time for the paint to dry before doing the next coat. Just run your hair dryer over the area. It’s a quick way to get your minor paint jobs done as fast as possible. This trick also works for spackle.

10. Clean Up Kids’ Coloring Messes

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Hairdryers can also save parents from crayon messes. Children are known for scribbling all over walls and surfaces. Thankfully, those crayons are made of wax. Running a hairdryer on high for a few minutes will make it easy to wipe those crayon smudges away without leaving stains.

11. Fight Diaper Rash

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That’s not the only parenting-friendly use for hairdryers. If you have a baby with a diaper rash, help them air out their bottom with a blast of dry air. Just make sure your dryer is set to cool or warm, not hot — a burned bottom will make for an angry baby.

12. Dry Off Your Pooch

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Before bringing wet dogs inside, dry them off for a few minutes with a hairdryer in your garage or mudroom. Wet dog isn’t a pleasant smell, and pups have the tendency to track water and mud on carpets and furniture. They’ll probably even enjoy the nice warm air on their fur.

13. Prep Toiletries Before Packing Your Bags

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If you’re going on a trip, you’ll need to pack toiletries — and hairdryers can help. Most toiletries encounter water on a regular basis, such as loofahs, shampoo bottles, and toothbrushes. But you don’t want to pack wet toiletries and risk mildew. Air them out before you pack with an easy blow dry.

14. Curl Your Lashes

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Hairdryers have more beauty uses than just for hair. If you use an eyelash curler, try heating it up beforehand with a hairdryer. The heat will give you extra-curly lashes that will stay in place for hours. Just be careful not to burn your face!

15. Make Your Cake Glossy

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Believe it or not, hairdryers even have a place in the kitchen. If you’re a baker and want to impress with your latest cake, try gently blow-drying the surface frosting. It will give it a glossy, professional finish for an extra wow factor. Just don’t run it too long, or your frosting will melt!

Hairdryers don’t just belong in the bathroom.

There’s a use for them in every room of your house. These versatile tools turn household chores into fun hacks.

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