In November, I cut 13 inches of my hair and donated to Locks of Love. With shorter hair, I actually have to blow dry my hair instead of letting it air dry. What a pain. It was time to get a new hair dryer. I splurged on a professional grade model made by Solano.
This hair dryer has changed my life. Literally. I paid $140 at Ulta but you can get it on Amazon for $80.
If that price tag is too steep, consider all of the ways a hair dryer can improve your life beyond just drying your hair! I stumbled across these 15 unusual, yet effective, uses for the humble little ole’ blow dryer.
15 Unusual Uses for Your Blow Dryer, courtesy of Yahoo! Green
- If you need to quickly set the icing on a cake, the air and heat of a hair dryer can quicken up the process.
- If your cake won’t unstick from the cake pan, use your hair dryer on the bottom of the pan then invert it, it should drop right out.
- Running an ice cream scoop under hot water helps, but you can also try using a hair dryer on the carton to soften ice cream for easy scooping.
- Some people use pots of boiling water to quicken freezer defrosting, but a hot hair dryer works even more quickly. (Be careful of puddles of water and the dryer, though.)
- Automatic ice-makers can get jammed with frozen ice; relieve that with a long blast of hot air to melt unwanted icebergs.
- Remove contact paper from shelves by heating it with the hair dryer and gently working the edges up. Also works for bumper stickers and other rogue sticky things.
- Use a hair dryer to dust hard-to-dust items; the air will blow the dust somewhere else, but hopefully somewhere else that is easier to dust.
- Personally, I like my kids’ crayon marks on my walls, but for the rest of you: Heat the crayon marks until softened, then scrub with hot water and detergent.
- Old photo albums with magnetic pages can get stuck — unstick them with a blast from the hair dryer.
- Spot-iron wrinkles by lightly dampening the area and then heating the wrinkles with your dryer.
- Wet boots, shoes, and sneakers can take on a terrible odor if left to dry slowly — alleviate that by drying them with your hair dryer.
- Winter can bring frozen windows and locks — thaw them with a hair dryer.
- Window screens collecting dust and pollen? Blow it back to whence it came.
- Removing bandages can hurt more than the wound, so soften the adhesive with a hair dryer first to ease the rip.
- If you have trouble keeping a hot compress hot, keep your hair dryer by you and reheat as necessary.