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13 Unusual Uses For A Hair Dryer

Posted by on Sat, December 29th, 2012 at 11:00 am

In this economy, I love being able to re-purpose items I already have lying around my house.  I just came across this great article on that offers 13 Unusual (yet extremely convenient) Uses for a Hair Dryer.  A hair dryer is now no longer only used for styling your hair.  Oh no, my friends.  There are various helpful benefits you can reap from this common household product.

Remove Stickers and Price Tags

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


Custom Fit Your Glasses

Custom fit your plastic frame glasses.  Simply heat up the ends and mold them to fit your head.  This works great on store bought glasses.  I wouldn’t recommend this for your $300 designer glasses frames.

Wax on WAX OFF

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.

Add Gloss to Cake Frosting

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

Dry Clothing

Quickly dry spots of water you spilled 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.

Dry Steam Off of Mirror

It’s 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 :)

Remove Dust

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, computers….you name it!

Hot Compress

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.

Remove Crayon Marks from Walls

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.

Dry Wet Boots

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 you don’t get water every where!

Thaw Windows

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.

Dry Painted Nails

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.

Defrosting Food

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.
If you have a helpful tip that uses a common household product, share it in the comments below!

Do It Yourself – Cookie Cutter Wreath

Posted by on Sat, December 15th, 2012 at 11:00 am
If you are looking for a fun crafty family activity for the holidays, here’s one of my favorites.   What you need: Approximately 30 metal cookie cutters Tacky wax Small paper clips 3 yards of wide ribbon for bow Scissors Instructions: On a flat surface, arrange the cookie cutters in a circle.  Make sure all ... Read More »

Do It Yourself Crayon Melt Glass Ornaments

Posted by on Sat, December 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am
It’s officially the time of year to pull down all of the holiday decorations from the top of the closet and get to work.  Hang the stockings, put up the lights, build the holiday village, twirl the tinsel, and decorate the tree.  I’m sure many of you recycle your ornaments throughout the years, but it’s ... Read More »

Week in Review – November 11, 2012

Posted by on Sun, November 11th, 2012 at 11:00 am
It’s time for another Week in Review where we discuss the events and fun things that we do On Monday TSG wrote another Tips blog post he told you how to “Like” us on Facebook in order to benefit the most We ran a poll on Monday where you got to vote your way Walmart ... Read More »

Do It Yourself Mummies Nail Art

Posted by on Sat, October 13th, 2012 at 11:00 am
Happy Saturday the 13th!  Okay, maybe that’s not as freaky as Friday the 13th, but I thought I’d give it a shot.  For this weekend’s do-it-yourself project, I thought I would share a tutorial for Mummies Nail Art so that you can ensure that even your fingernails are in the Halloween spirit!  This tutorial comes ... Read More »

DIY Jack-O-Lantern Shade Covers

Posted by on Sat, September 29th, 2012 at 11:00 am
In preparation for the Swagbucks Scream Challenge, it’s important to get into the Halloween spirit.  Practice your scary faces, start a scary movie marathon, stock up on candy, and decorate your home.  Hang those ghosts from your trees, cover your bushes in spooky spiderwebs, tape the skeleton to your door, and light up your Jack-O-Lantern ... Read More »

Do It Yourself Laundry Detergent

Posted by on Tue, September 25th, 2012 at 9:00 am
Laundry is one of those chores that nobody wants to do, but everybody has to do.  The problem is, laundry detergent can be very expensive.  So, why not save some money and make your own?  I found this article on and it has rave reviews.  This will work on all regular washing machines and it ... Read More »

How To Do A Blow Dryer Manicure

Posted by on Sat, September 15th, 2012 at 11:00 am
Hey guys – it’s Ashley!  I’ve been on a nail polish kick lately.  I paint my nails a couple times a week, trying out new colors and new designs.  The problem is, I’m not very artistic when it comes to nail art.  It always comes out looking nothing like what it’s supposed to, resulting in ... Read More »

DIY Play Dough

Posted by on Mon, July 30th, 2012 at 4:00 pm
I’ve always been a fan of play dough- in my mind, you’re never too old to play with it!  If you or your little ones like play dough as much as I do, you’re going to love this easy tutorial for making your own.  I found this recipe on, and it only takes 15 ... Read More »

DIY Household Cleaners

Posted by on Thu, July 12th, 2012 at 4:00 pm
I was recently browsing through, and I found a great article explaining how to make your own non-toxic household cleaners.  Not only can household cleaners get expensive, but many times they are filled with unnecessary chemicals that could be harmful.  According to their site, “the average home contains up to 25 gallons of toxic ... Read More »