These Cleaning Myths Are Only Making Your Home Dirtier

Hair Spray No Longer Removes Ink Stains

A person sprays hair spray on a model.
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An old wives’ tale suggests that hair spray makes a quick ink stain remover. But this isn’t as true as it once was. Old hair sprays used to contain alcohol. Nowadays, hair sprays are alcohol-free because it would dry out your hair otherwise.

If you have an alcohol-based hair spray, you can use this technique. But if you’re not sure, reach for rubbing alcohol instead. Place a paper towel under your clothes and pour rubbing alcohol on it. Let it sit, and then wash it out.