Don’t you say “It’s just a hair dryer” ever again. That tool you use to blow hot air onto your wet strands is so much more than just a hair dryer. It’s for cleaning, for your nails, for home maintenance and even baking. Here are a few other ways to use a blow dryer that don’t involve drying hair. You can thank us later.
1. Dry your manicure. Just put it on low or medium then move the hair dryer back and forth across your nubs. If you set the hair dryer too high, it will ruin your nails, so be patient and use a low or medium setting.
2. Get curlier lashes. Before using your eyelash curler, blow dry it for a few seconds to heat it up, then curl. Be careful not to burn your lids.
3. Cut through foggy mirrors. Defog your mirrors after your hot shower. Just use your hair dryer to blow away the fog. Clear your mirrors then dry your hair.
4. Release wrinkles. Hold your hair dryer a few inches away from your clothes and watch the wrinkles fall out. This works best on cotton, though, so results may vary depending on the material.
5. Remove stickers from furniture. Run the hair dryer over the sticker for a minute and then slowly start to peel it away. The heat will loosen the sticky stuff. Repeat the heating process as many times as needed to remove the entire sticker. See how it works here.
6. Clear dust from under beds or behind furniture. Your hair dryer will make it possible to blast dustbunnies without moving the furniture. Run the hair dryer under your bed or behind furniture for a minute or two to move the dust to a spot that’s easier to clean. This tip is for hardwood or laminate floors only–duh!
7. Remove candle wax. Don’t ruin your mani by scarping off dried wax. Hold the hair dryer on medium heat over the wax for 30 seconds (or until it starts to melt). Then peel off the wax pieces. Next, use a wet rag to clean the surface. Easy peasy. See how it works here.
8. Make your cakes shine. Impress everyone this Thanksgiving with the “hair-dryer gloss trick.” Run your hair dryer on low heat and move it across your cake or cupcakes slowly until you see a glossy shine. See how it works here.
9. Thaw frozen pipes. Save your home and your pockets by grabbing the hair dryer. Put it on high heat, hold the hair dryer in front of the frozen area. If you can’t see the frozen area, blasting some heat towards your pipes is still a good idea. Keep in mind this method can take up to an hour to work.
10. Break in your new shoes. Put on a few pairs of socks and slip on your shoes. Aim the hair dryer on the tight section for a few seconds (wiggle and stretch your feet inside the shoe for max results). Keep the shoes on until they cool. Take off your socks, and try on the shoes. They should be stretched out, but if you need more room, repeat the process.
11. Crisp your chicken. After washing your raw chicken, blow dry it for crispier skin. You’ll see the results one it’s roasted.
Do you have more uses for a hair dryer? Mention them in the comments below.