Last updated on October 25th, 2023 at 08:40 pm
Get your hairspray out of the bathroom: did you know that it could be very useful in the garden?
Whether you’re a weekend gardener or an afficionado of the wick, use your hairspray to protect your garden tools against rust by spraying them before storage.
Hairspray is indeed a powerful rust protector and disinfectant since it is also composed of alcohol. Your tools will rest in peace in your shed or garden shed.
You can also use hairspray to avoid contamination between your plants when they are sick. Simply spray the affected plants. They will not contaminate the surviving plants.
Hairspray, typically used for styling hair, can have some surprising and unconventional uses in the garden. While it’s not a traditional gardening tool, some gardeners have found creative ways to use hairspray to address common issues in the garden.
Here are a few surprising uses for hairspray in your garden:
- Preserve Cut Flowers: Hairspray can help preserve the beauty of cut flowers. Lightly spray the undersides of the petals and leaves of freshly cut flowers to slow down wilting and help them maintain their vibrancy. This can be especially useful for special occasions or floral arrangements.
- Repel Pests: Some gardeners use hairspray as a DIY pest repellent. It can be sprayed on plants to deter insects like aphids, mealybugs, and certain types of beetles. The stickiness of the hairspray can make it difficult for pests to crawl or feed on the plants. However, be cautious when using hairspray on edible plants and consider using safer, organic pest control methods.
- Preserve Garden Decor: If you have decorations or labels in your garden made from paper or other materials that could deteriorate due to moisture, you can use hairspray to create a protective barrier. A light coating of hairspray can help protect these items from the elements.
- Control Static Electricity: In some cases, hairspray can help control static electricity that can attract dust and particles to plants and garden ornaments. A light mist of hairspray on surfaces can help reduce static charges.
- Seed Adhesion: When planting very small seeds, especially those that are hard to handle, you can use a fine mist of hairspray to make them stick to the soil or planting medium, helping ensure better seed-to-soil contact.
- Preserve Pressed Flowers: If you enjoy pressing and preserving flowers for crafts or decorative purposes, hairspray can be used to seal and protect pressed flowers.
- Waterproof Garden Art: If you have artwork or signs in your garden that are made of paper or other materials that might not withstand rain, a coat of hairspray can offer temporary waterproofing.
It’s important to note that hairspray should be used sparingly and cautiously in the garden. The chemicals in hairspray can have unintended consequences, and excessive use may harm plants, soil, or beneficial insects. If you’re using hairspray for any of these purposes, choose a hairspray with the least amount of additives, fragrances, and other potentially harmful ingredients. Always perform a patch test on a small area of a plant or object to ensure that it doesn’t negatively impact it before using hairspray more extensively. Additionally, consider more traditional and safe gardening methods and products when addressing common garden issues.