Your trusty hair dryer does a great job with your hair, but did you know it can do other things too? I’ve got 21 uses for it that will blow (get it?) your mind.
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1. Unstick a photograph
Want to remove a photograph that just won’t budge? Pick up your hair dryer and blow slightly warm air onto the back of the page. Slowly peel off your photograph. Great news, now your photograph is no longer stuck.
2. Dust hard-to-reach places with your hair dryer
If you’re short or those shelves are placed way too high, go fetch your hair dryer. Tricky shelves and corners don’t have to be a dusting nightmare, grab your hair dryer and blow all the dust away. Be sure to do this before you vacuum or the dust will go onto the floor.
3. Unwrinkle plastic tablecloths
You’ve got a party planned and unrolled your plastic table cloth to find loads of wrinkles! Don’t panic, blast away those annoying wrinkles by holding your hair dryer at least 12 inches away from your plastic tablecloth. Now you’re ready for that party!
4. Dry your toothbrush
Before you set off on a lovely holiday, use your hair dryer to dry out your toothbrush. Now it won’t be wet for your trip! For more holiday hacks, read 10 brilliant packing tips for your suitcase and check out Collette’s 22 weird and wonderful uses for your old toothbrush if you want to see what else you can do with your brush.
5. Clean artificial & real plants
Use a gentle cool setting to help blow away dust and debris from your real and fake plants. This is an easy way to get rid of any dust, or cobwebs that may have built up. Vaccuum after.
6. Remove label stickers
If you’ve just purchased a new pan or picked up a present for someone and the label sticker won’t shift, then there’s something you can do to help it unstick. Use your hair dryer to blow hot air on it and the label adhesive should unstick.
7. Dry a pair of tights
It’s that time of year again when you say goodbye to bare legs and hello to tights. If you were surprised by the cold weather and don’t have any clean tights to hand, wash them quickly and then dry them with your hair dryer. Extra bonus – they’ll be nice and toasty when you put them on.
8. De-mist the bathroom mirror
It’s the morning and you’re in a big rush. You’ve had your shower and now need to check your hair, but oh no – the mirror is completely steamed up! Try not to panic, aim your hair dryer on the mirror and you’ll be able to see your reflection again.
9. Heat up candle wax
Did you get a little carried away with lighting candles? If you’ve gone a little candle-crazy and spilled wax onto wooden furniture, use your hair dryer on a medium heat to heat it back up again. Once it has is you’ll be able to easily peel the wax off.
10. Enjoy glossy cake icing
Everyone loves a bit of cake, especially if it’s got icing on top. With a low setting, aim your hair dryer at your cake’s icing. Use a cake spreader to smooth out your icing. You can achieve a glossy-looking finish that will wow everybody!
11. Help plaster pain
That plaster you’ve been putting off for ages – worry no longer. Use your trusty hairdryer to blow some warm air on it. The adhesive will be loosened so you can pull your plaster off with ease.
12. Get rid of crayon marks
If your little darlings have marked the wall with their crayons, grit your teeth and pull out the hair dryer. Heat up the marks until they’re soft and then scrub away with some hot soapy water.
13. Stretch new leather shoes
You’ve just purchased some beautiful new shoes, but, alas – they hurt your poor heels. Whack on a pair of thick socks and blow the hair dryer into the heel area of the shoes. Put them on and walk around until the heat has stretched out the leather.
14. Wet trainers
It’s raining, it’s pouring and annoyingly you’ve stepped in a puddle and absolutely saturated your poor trainers. Whip a hair dryer out and us it to blast the insides. You don’t want to take your chances with wet shoes – they might start to stink!
15. Blow dry your pet
After a nice bath, and a towel rub until they are semi-dry, grab your hair dryer and on a low setting, dry your pet. Be sure to keep it a good distance away from your pooch.
16. Heat ice cream
Is the ice cream too frozen? Take your hairdryer and gently use it to slightly warm up the ice cream so you can stick your scoop in. Easy!
17. Dry your nail polish
We’ve all been there. You’ve promised to be on time, but your nails are still sopping wet. What do you do? Gingerly pick up your hair dryer and use it to dry your nail polish.
18. Dust the keyboard
Your keyboard might be full of lots of dust, as well as crumbs from sandwiches and other delights. Clean it out with a gentle cool blow of your hairdryer.
19. De-wrinkle your clothes
Heading out but spotted some wrinkles on your top? Dampen the area with a water spray bottle and then get our your hairdryer. Visit Collette’s 10 ways to de-wrinkle your clothes for other great tips.
20. Dry the salt & pepper grinders
Sometimes you just have to wash out your salt and pepper grinders. Make sure they’re thoroughly dry before putting more salt and pepper in, by blowing a hair dryer into the grinders.
21. Warm socks
This is a little bit of a treat, so only do this on the days when you really are feeling the cold! On a cold winter’s day, blast the inside of your socks with your hair dryer. You can benefit from the heat before you head out in the cold.
What a lot of uses! I hope you enjoyed reading about them…