Dear Heloise: I have a problem with hair spray getting all over the surfaces of my bathroom. I am tired of having to clean it off, and it isn’t always easy to do and can be quite time-consuming.

So, I came up with this great hint! I get into the shower, close the door and then give my hair a good spray. All the residue stays inside to be washed away the next time someone showers. -- Tiffany in New York

Tiffany, this solves a common problem that seems to happen a lot! I just covered this topic to clean walls in my Good Housekeeping magazine column in the June issue. Here it is for my newspaper readers, and a special thank-you to Rosemary Ellis, editor in chief, for letting me share it here.

To remove hair spray from hard surfaces like walls, try isopropyl or rubbing alcohol. Pour a bit on a microfiber cloth to dampen (not soak), and rub it -- in a circle one way, then the other -- on a small area to test. Check the cloth: If paint is transferring, repainting a wall may be your only option. If there is no color, continue around the walls. -- Heloise

BATHTUB APPLIQUES

Dear Heloise: By chance, would you know how to remove bathtub nonslip decals? We recently moved into a new home and aren’t a fan of the whales in the kids’ bathroom. I appreciate any assistance you might be able to provide! -- J.W., via e-mail

Yes, I know how, and here’s the hint: These decals generally can be peeled. Try to lift up a corner of the applique, then spray a little bit of prewash or lubricating oil underneath it. Let sit for an hour or so, and then carefully pull it off. Use a hard plastic spatula to gently get under the corner and then peel off. This should do the trick.

Sometimes, the residue that’s left behind is an issue due to the glue. After the tub is dry, if you sprinkle cornmeal on the glue and then use a nylon pad to scrub it, the residue should come up. The longer the decal has been there, though, the longer the process may take! -- Heloise

VACUUM WANDS

Dear Heloise: I have an upstairs and a downstairs vacuum cleaner. When I need an extra-long wand to reach the cobwebs on my vaulted ceiling, I put all four sections of the wands together. This makes it easier to reach the high places, floor edges and other places. Cleaning my stairs is easier, too.

It was really a thrill to read a hint I sent to you previously in my Parkersburg (W.Va.) News and Sentinel, and it was extra-cool to go online and read it in The Washington Post, too! What a treat! -- Carolyn H., Parkersburg, W.Va.

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