How to Fix Aerosol Hair Spray Cans

Rinse your hair spray can valve in hot water regularly to avoid clogs.

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After habitual use, the spray valve on aerosol hair spray may become clogged with residue. When it's clogged, you may find you get more spray on your hands than you do anywhere near your hair. Solve the case of "the hair spray that stopped spraying" in a few simple steps.


Remove the spray valve on the top of can. You might need to pull on it pretty hard since the hair spray residue is quite gummy. Run the valve under hot water.


If any residue remains, pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol into a shallow dish. Place the valve in the alcohol and let it sit for 10 minutes or so.


Remove any visible loose residue with your fingers. Rinse again in hot water, and then replace the valve. If the valve still doesn't work, try soaking it again the rubbing alcohol and re-rinsing in hot water.

Things You'll Need


1.Shallow dish

2.Rubbing alcohol


Tips & Tricks


To prevent the valve from getting clogged, rinse it periodically in hot water.


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