The hand-held hair dryer is the modern marvel we can’t live without. It helps us tame our wayward tresses so we can present a put-together look to the world, but that’s not all a hair dryer can do. Bring your hair dryer out of its bathroom habitat and put it to use with some of these 6 unexpected uses.
If you have a pair of leather or vinyl shoes that pinch your feet, turn the blow dryer on them before putting them on. The warm air from the hair dryer will make the leather or vinyl material soft and supple so it will conform to the shape of your foot without pinching. Slipping your feet into warm shoes on a cold winter’s morning is an added bonus too.
Get the Wrinkles Out
New or stored plastic shower curtains and table cloths will be a wrinkled mess when they’re unfolded, but a blast of warm air from the blow dryer will get the wrinkles out in a jiffy. Hang the shower curtain or drape a plastic table cloth over the back of a chair and blast it with hot air from the hair dryer until the wrinkles smooth out. Keep the dryer moving so you won’t melt the plastic.
Some nooks and crannies are difficult to dust, like intricate woodwork or delicate figurines, but a hair dryer makes it easy. Use the cool setting on low and gently blow away the dust. Start high and work your way down in the room so the dust will settle on lower level tables and floors and be easier to remove.
Icing on the Cake
To harden icing on a cake or cookies quickly, blow cool air directly on the pastries with your blow dryer. A blast of hot air will add a sheen to dull icing too.
Crayons and Melted Wax
Kids get creative and burning candles get forgotten, messes happen. Set the hair dryer on high/hot and blast the crayon marks or candles wax until it softens, then wipe away mess with a wet, soapy paper towel.
Set the Photo Free
Old picture albums held the pictures in place with sticky pages and clear plastic sheeting. As years pass, the pictures become dry, brittle and seemingly imbedded in those sticky pages. Use your hair dryer to set those photos free by warming the back of the page with warm air and gently working the photo free on the front side of the page. Start at one corner of the photo and gently peel it off with your forefinger, keeping the warm air directed onto the back of the page until the photo is completely free.