Introduction: 13 Unusual Uses for a Hair Dryer

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OHHHH the unusual things you can do with your house hold gadgets!!!  I've thoroughly research all the strange weird uses for your blow dryer. Yes that's correct: BLOW DRYER.  Fitting your glasses to your head and adding a glaze to your cake frosting are just some of the unusual uses I discovered.

You can tell from the look on my face that this is no joke ;)

Step 1: Remove Stickers and Price Tags

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Have you ever spent hours peeling of a sticker from a window or box?  You scratch it but can only get small bits of paper off...

The hot hair from a hair dryer will loosen a price tag or sticker making removal super easy.  You can also use this trick to remove contact paper from shelves.

Step 2: Custom Fit Your Glasses

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Custom fit your plastic frame glasses.  Simply heat up the ends and mold them to fit our head.

This works great on store bought glasses.  I wouldn't recommend this for your $300 designer glasses frames.  I bought these prescription glasses in Vietnam for only $12!  They're a great back up pair.

Step 3: Wax on WAX OFF

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Getting candle wax on wood furniture can be a nightmare to get off (again with the scratching!!!).  The best way to remove it is to heat it back up.  Blow medium heat on the wax until it starts to melt then wipe away with a cloth.

Step 4: Add Gloss to Cake Frosting

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Give your baked good a professional looking gloss.  Turn your dryer on low heat and slowly blow it over the entire cake.

Step 5: Dry Clothing

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Quickly dry spots of water you spilt on your clothes.  First REMOVE THE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING -- you don't want any burns on your skin! Hang it over a shower rod and dry.

If this happens at a party i fully encourage snooping through your friends bathroom cabinets for a dryer.

Step 6: Dry Steam Off of Mirror

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Its frustrating to lose mirror access after a steamy shower!  Dry that steam off with a quick blast of hot air from your hair dryer.  Now you can just leave the blow dryer on and continue drying your hair :)

Step 7: Remove Dust

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Use a hair dryer to remove dust from hard to get to nooks and crannies in your house.  Use this trick on carved wood work, art work, artificial flowers, bookshelves, lamps, name it!

Step 8: Hot Compress

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Keep a hot compress hot by pointing your blow dryer at the towel and leaving it running while you are putting the compress on an injury.  Keep the towel wet by misting it w/ a spray bottle.

Step 9: Remove Crayon Marks From Walls

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If you read step three then you can understand why this makes sense...

Crayons are made out of wax, blow dryers remove wax, thus blow dryers remove crayons.

Set the hair dryer on hot and keep it on the crayon mark until it melts.  The crayon will wipe off easily with a damp cloth and a small amount of oil soap cleanser.

Step 10: Dry Wet Boots

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This is a great trick to use in the winter!  Dry off your snowy boots with your blow dryer setting on high.  Be sure to do this over a towel so your mom doesn't yell at you for getting water every where! (personal experience...)

Step 11: Thaw Windows

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Another winter time use. If you forgot to put your storm windows down in time for the first snow and your windows freeze shut thaw your window with a blast from your hair dryer.

Step 12: Dry Painted Nails

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I love painting my nails, but I have so much trouble waiting for my nails to air dry.  A tip for quick drying your painted nails: blow dry them!  Not too high of a setting, just a little hot air to speed the process up.

Step 13: Defrosting Food

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I have had bags of peas freeze to the side of my freezer.  Its super frustrating and I hate having to chip away at ice mounds with my hands.  Make this process easier by melting the ice with a blow dryer. 


WilliamG21 (author)2017-07-26

The getting stickers off actually works. I had to turn in a parking decal one time that was attached to my car. I used the hair dryer method to get it off. Left very little adhesive I can say.

2937214 (author)2017-04-07

Make popcorn ;)

grannyjones (author)2016-08-10

Dry socks and inside shoes after being caught in the rain.

helpfulroe2 (author)2016-08-01

What a great idea! I also use a hairdryer on Cold Shot Setting to dry my acrylic paints when I have to leave with them in a hurry. The paints dry fast and there is no smear.

dollarseed (author)2016-05-03

You missed one. You can also use a blow dryer to roughen up styrofoam to create a realistic looking cement wall surface. Many do this after carving out the grout lines with a chisel, then use the blow dryer to soften the edges. Great for making props for plays, etc.

NickJ32 (author)dollarseed2016-05-03

Interesting! I'll have to try that :)

jelushart (author)NickJ322016-05-13

Last Halloween I made several tombstones from Styrofoam insulation, using the hot tip of a glue gun to carve out names, dates and phrases on the tombstones. Worked really well and made the task fast and easy.

dollarseed (author)dollarseed2016-05-03

Here, Nick Ferry uses a regular heat gun, but a blow dryer will work the same, just takes a bit longer due to the differences in heat transfer temperatures.

Tanya Snively (author)dollarseed2016-05-03


rkrishnan7 (author)dollarseed2016-05-03

You could carve grout lines by : 1. Placing a metal ruler on the Styrofoam as a guide/heat sink. 2. Run a soldering iron rapidly and smoothly along the ruler edge, applying just enough pressure. (This may need some practice).

Mihsin (author)2016-05-12

Drying Acme rock welding cement on cold and humid weather.

John T MacF Mood (author)2016-05-03

The frozen windows thing might be a good one for the "low" heat setting. Lots of glass will crack with too rapid changes in temperature.

Not if the heat doesn't change too much.

If you understood me, we actually agree. Rapid temperature change will shatter glass. Freeze a glass, then pour some 140F water in it, you'll see my point. (If you do it wear safety glasses!)

For years I've defrosted my windshield with 120-degree water with no problems, although maybe the laminate structure changes the game. The shattering (or cracking) of glass with rapid temperature change will be much more likely with the presence of any imperfections in the glass, or hairline scratches on the surface, etc. It should be noted, defrosting glass only requires that the glass be heated to 33 degrees F, so gentle/even heating from a moderate distance with a hair dryer should minimize risk and still be effective.

GRANTED, if you put the dryer on NO HEAT and put ambient temp room air across the glass to defrost it you'd be OK. But the point was if you use the HEAT from A HAIR DRYER on the HEAT setting, it WILL crack 60 to 70% of the time.

If you've "defrosted" glass with 120°F water for years, you've been defrosting either 30°F to 31.5°F glass that has no defects whatsoever, and you've been very lucky. One of these days, you'll develop a long one REAL FAST, especially on layered automotive glass. Much safer to use Lysol or alcohol spray from the Auto store.

I know that glass and similar materials may crack if the heat changes rapidly from over boiling point to cold water temperature. I just think a hair drier wouldn't be so harsh on a window, like from below freezing point to well above in a number of seconds. If it did, I would expect my hair or head to be on fire or burnt.

we heard you already

I know that glass and similar materials may crack if the heat changes rapidly from over boiling point to cold water temperature. I just think a hair drier wouldn't be so harsh on a window, like from below freezing point to well above in a number of seconds. If it did, I would expect my hair or head to be on fire or burnt.

Ethan8or. (author)Ethan8or.2016-05-04

But if the temperature doesn't change to much, there won't be much risk, I don't think a hair drier would make a huge increase of temperature and rapidly.

The operative words in your reply to yourself. "I don't think."

Sorry, but when presented with the experience, and your thoughts about it, you prefer the though over anecdotal evidence that temperature changes can damage glass. I'm out. You've heard (read), but not listened.

If the glass is at 32°F or below and you hit it with a nominal 140°F stream of hot air from a hair dryer, unless all the pressure on that glass is equal, and it was formed PERFECTLY in the factory without even the slightest of blemishes, it might survive. But my money says it will start a crack, that will spread like crazy once it starts heating up.You're talking about a 105°F temperature change in moments. If it's well below freezing, that just makes it worse.

I've SEEN it happen. And it is NOT easy to get a glazier (window repair man ) to come put in a new window in the dead of winter. My sister tried this, and I ended up learning how to put in glass for her. so our parents wouldn't get quite as mad... They were plenty mad, but the fixing part made it OK. (For me.) Sis got a real bad restriction.

skiwolf9 (author)Ethan8or.2016-05-04

Frozen windows and heat are/is a big difference in temps. Kinda like morons that pour hot water on a frozen windshield of a car and wonder why it cracks.

KárolyH2 (author)2016-05-06

start a barbecue - the hair drier blows hot air and makes a small fire instantly blazing .

Mark 42 (author)KárolyH22016-05-09

Fireplace bellows replacement!

ronald.ferreira.39 (author)2016-05-08

you can also use it on cold nights and warm up during the winter or fix your cell phone if get wet. i used this on my battery charger and it fixed it. dont have to be hot air just blow dry it either an inch or half a foot not sure cant remember

struno (author)2016-05-03

Never thought of dusting with my hair dryer, definitely going to do this from now on.

skiwolf9 (author)struno2016-05-04

So you blow the dust around the room and mess up something. Not to mention breathing the dust as you blow it into the air. Ever try a vacuum? They suck the dust up and they make small connections to attach so you can get into small spaces like computers and key boards.

struno (author)skiwolf92016-05-05

Using a hair dryer to blow the dust out behind and between the smaller things on our shelves, and the higher, harder to reach shelves, will work better for me than a vacuum. And I always dust then vacuum the house anyways, so this method is great for me.

PrinceR17 (author)2016-05-05

I liked it is useful

LobnaM1 (author)2016-05-05

Very good ideas thank you

RaúlT5 (author)2016-05-05

Thankyou for share great ideas you're beautiful and smart. Who needs more???

UnclesamS (author)2016-05-05

Many good uses of the hair drayer. I like them all

Lynnreneski (author)2016-05-04

A hair dryer set on low is a great way to get rid of all those hot glue strings that accumulate when making crafts. One pass and they're gone!

Great idea!

skiwolf9 (author)Lynnreneski2016-05-04

Grab therm with your hand and they're all gone without wasting energy.

Lynnreneski (author)skiwolf92016-05-04

Then they just stick to your hand and become a gloppy mess. The hair dryer trick literally costs nothing, and since it's also used for embossing crafts, crafters will typically have a hair dryer handy anyway.

Cat00x (author)2016-05-03

I like some of these ideas, thanks! We use the hair dryer to heat up the bed in winter time, especially cold toes!

skiwolf9 (author)Cat00x2016-05-04

An electric blanket works far better and uses far less energy.

I have very good luck with wool socks. If you are not severely allergic to wool but are sensitive to it, buy a too-large size and put on cotton socks under the wool ones. I've also been known to use a hot water bottle - very comforting!

Wool socks over cotton socks is the best way to warm up cold feet that I know of. Plus, it's soft.

arusticat (author)2016-05-05

Lot of great ideas - I particularly liked the idea of gently softening plastic items (like the bows on eye-glasses) enough to reshape them without breaking them in the process.

I slept in an unheated bedroom as a kid and, when I went to bed, I kicked my legs back and forth until the blankets heated enough to be comfortable - so I find heating one's linens and blankets at bedtime using a hair-dryer a little too "cute" However, my father was a diabetic and cold extremities came too easily and were a real discomfort for him. I remember him once taking some lit/hot light bulbs, wrapping them in newspaper and stuffing them under the covers at the bottom of his bed - he ended up starting a fire in his bed - burned a rather large hole in a homemade patch-work quilt.

RastaWife (author)2016-05-03

I use my hairdryer to warm eyeliner, eyebrow and lip liner pencils so they glide on smoothly. The hair dryer also works for hardened gel eyeliner and I gently warm my eyelash curler as well.

violetsmuse (author)RastaWife2016-05-05

This is a great idea! My mom uses a lighter but I tried that once and burned my eye. Your way is much safer, thank you!

wb7ptr (author)2016-05-05

I've got two more unusual uses. One: if you work with electronics or electricity, you're probably familiar with heat shrink tubing. You use it to cover bare wires after repairing something. Most people use a match or lighter carefully to make it shrink around your repair. But you can also use a blow drier on high held close to the wires with the heat shrink. Use number two: emergency heater in a small space. If you have an electrical connection and are out camping, you can use a blow drier as a heater if you have a good one. Just don't go to sleep with it running because they can be a fire hazard.

lovethebackwoods (author)2016-05-05

I've read down through half a dozen More Comments additions and found an assortment home medical uses: healing ear aches, clearing up diaper rash and athlete's foot problems, soothing Caesarian and presumably other surgical incisions, etc. One I did not see is cold sores on the lips. Use the blow dryer at a medium heat, just a few inches from lips, a couple of times a day. Carefully avoid burns!

Also, for bathroom mirrors - if the mirror is on the door of a medicine cabinet, open the door and hang a thick bath towel over it. You won't need the blow dryer. Remove the towel, obviously, after your shower.

Very nice 'ible; thanks. Some of the suggested uses are hilarious!

swatterson (author)2011-09-11

far better to stuff them with newspaper, am sure most people have more than 1 pair of shoes

tezcatbus (author)swatterson2011-09-12

why would you be sure of such a thing?

American consumerism! 100 years ago very few people had TV's. Now over 50% of homes have more than one.

EaglesNest (author)2011-09-07

My favorite unusual use - warm up the bed on those cold winter nights before you get in. Just make a tent with the blankets and aim the blow dryer towards your feet. Toasty!

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