While I do own a hair dryer, I definitely don’t use it very regularly. It’s handy to have around on the rare occasion that I need to dry my hair quickly at home. But since I don’t dry my hair every day, most of the time it’s just taking up space in my bathroom drawer.
But after writing today’s post, I will definitely be pulling my hair dryer out of that drawer! Today I have 23 unique and clever uses for hair dryers to share with you. You’ll learn how to use it to do all sorts of things, from removing stubborn labels to making perfectly crispy chicken. Now that I know all of these great hair dryer tips, it rather feels like drying hair is on of the less useful things it can do! :-)
23 Practical Uses For Your Hair Dryer
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Removing Sticky Stuff
1. Stickers & Labels – Use your hair dryer to help you remove labels, bumper stickers, contact paper, and other stuck-on stuff. The heat will loosen up the adhesive and make the sticker much easier to remove.
2. Bandaids – You can also use your hair dryer to make bandaids less painful to take off! Just blow it at the bandaid for a few seconds to warm up the adhesive.
3. Candle Wax – Use your hair dryer to soften up spilled candle wax and make it easier to clean up. This method is very similar ti the one described in the post below. (You can also use this method to remove wax from candlesticks, votives, and other candle holders!)
4. Crayon Marks – Use your hair dryer to help remove crayon from walls and other surfaces. Crayons are made of wax too, so heating them up with your dryer will make them easy to wipe away.
5. Dusting – Use your hair dryer on the cool setting to make dusting much faster! Just blow the dust off of your items and surfaces, then vacuum the dust off the floor once it settles.
6. Water Rings – The heat from your hair dryer can help dry out and remove water rings from wood furniture. Put the nozzle attachment on if yours has one, turn it on the cool setting then point the dryer at the ring. Increase the heat after a few seconds, and the ring should disappear.
Warming Things Up
7. Bed Sheets – It can be torturous to climb into a cold bed during the winter! Use your hair dryer to warm up your sheets a bit before bedtime.
8. Pet Fur – Wet dogs can really make a mess of your house! After coming back inside from the rain or snow, use your hair dryer to dry your dog’s fur out. My grand-puppy Milo loves getting dried off with the warm air. :-)
Drying Things Off
9. Quick Dry Clothes – Use a hair dryer to quickly dry small clothing items in a pinch. No one wants to walk around in wet socks!
10. Diaper Rash – For babies with diaper rash or chafing, use your dryer to help keep your baby dry and comfortable. Just turn it on the cool setting, and use the air to make sure their bum is totally dry before putting on a new diaper. (And as a bonus, some babies find the sound of hair dryer on the low setting really soothing!)
Stretch Things Out
11. Tight Shoes – Have a cute pair of shoes that are just a bit too tight? Put on the shoes along with the thickest socks you have. Then point your hair dryer at the shoes for a couple minutes to stretch them out. Much better!
12. Ill-Fitting Sunglasses – Heat the arms of your sunglasses up with your hair dryer to make them more pliable. Then gently bend the arms inward or outward depending on if the glasses are feeling too tight or too loose.
Beauty & Fashion
13. Curly Lashes – Blast your eyelash curler with your hair dryer for a few seconds before using it. The warmed up curler helps produce extra full and curly lashes! (Just be careful not to accidentally burn yourself!)
14. Clothing Wrinkles – Get rid of wrinkles fast by spraying the item lightly with water. Then blow hot air over the wrinkles with your hair dryer and watch them disappear!
In The Kitchen
15. Glossy Cakes – Use your dryer to give your homemade cakes a glossy, professional look! Just blow warm air on the frosting until it starts to look shiny, then let it cool.
16. Unstick Meat – Use your hair dryer to separate meat that got stuck together in the freezer. Blow the warm air on them just long enough to get them unstuck.
17. Soften Butter – Forgot to soften butter for cookies? Use your hair dryer to soften cold butter quickly.
18. Eliminate Clumps – Salt and pepper can form clumps if they are put in shakers that aren’t completely dry. The next time you wash your salt and pepper shakers, use your hair dryer to make sure they are completely dry before filling them again.
19. Crispy Chicken – As strange as it sounds, you can use your dryer to help make the crispiest, most delicious roasted chicken! Find out how at the link below.
20. Frozen Pipes – Use your hair dryer to thaw out frozen pipes during the winter.
21. Painting Helper – Your blow dryer can be a useful tool when working with paint or spackle, especially in small areas. The heat from the dryer can help speed up the drying process to make the job faster!
22. Dry Toiletries – Use your hair dryer to dry out your toothbrush, loofah, and other damp items before packing them for a trip. This will help keep them from getting mildew-y in your toiletry bag.
23. Heat Food – Staying in a hotel room without a microwave? You can use the hair dryer in the room to heat up leftovers in a pinch!
Do you ever use your hair dryer to do something other than dry your hair?