12 Ways to Get Rid of Super Glue

When it comes to adhesives, Super Glue is the one people turn to for making seemingly anything stick together. That incredible bonding and near instant bond has made this product one of the world’s most popular and best known brands. However, what happens when it ends up sticking together something you didn’t want glued like your fingers? If you have ever done this, you know it can be a challenge to get rid of the sticky substance, but thankfully there are several ways you can get rid of Super Glue without too much difficulty. Read on to find out more!

1. Slow Peel.

If the quantity of Super Glue is relatively small, you may be able to get rid of it with some patient peeling. Try using your fingernail or an object like a credit card to lift an edge of the glue. Once you have done this successfully, slowly peel the glue off. Do not use anything with a sharp edge, like a knife, that could result in your being cut.

2. Warm Water.

If the above step did not work for you and the glue is stuck to your skin, there is a way to potentially make it more effective. Try soaking the affected area in warm water first. You can also add a mild soap or some vinegar to the water, which can aid in breaking the glue down. After 10-15 minutes of soaking, try again to peel off the glue; repeat, if necessary.

3. Laundry Soap.

We just discussed using warm water and a gentle soap. If you have experience working with laundry detergent and it did not prove too harsh on your hands, you can try using it instead of a gentler alternative. Follow the same steps mentioned above for similar results.

4. Salt.

Mix a few tablespoons of salt with warm water and mix until you have created a paste. Rub the mixture on the area where you wish to remove the glue. Salt is abrasive enough that it will work on the glue without damaging your skin in the process. Repeat this process as needed.

5. Nail Polish.

One of the primary ingredients in nail polish is acetone, and it is every effective at getting rid of Super Glue. Dip a cotton swab into some clear nail polish remover and apply it to the glue, which will soon start to break down.

When choosing the nail polish remover, make sure that acetone is one of the listed ingredients. While fine for use on skin, acetone can damage or otherwise discolor some surfaces, such as wood or clothing, so try other solutions first before you choose to try this out.

6. WD40.

This product is celebrated for the large number of ways it can be used and it is also an effective way to get rid of Super Glue. Spray a small quantity on the glue and then rub it in. Once you have removed the glue, use soap and water to eliminate any remaining trace of the WD40. WD40 should only be put on areas, such as skin, that will not be stained or otherwise damaged by it.

7. Mineral Oil.

Dip a cloth in mineral oil and rub the affected area until the glue begins to lift. Once the glue has been removed, wash the area off with warm water. Again, this solution is only suitable for surfaces that will not be damaged by the application of this oil (for instance, avoid painted areas altogether).

8. Margarine.

If you are worried about what acetone might do to your skin (or have had some bad experiences with it), you can try margarine or butter instead. Try rubbing a small quantity of margarine on the glue for a few minutes. This should loosen the glue, allowing for you to peel it off.

9. Petroleum Jelly.

This works on the same principle as margarine and butter. Rub the area with a small quantity of petroleum jelly and the glue should eventually start to break down.

10. Isopropyl Alcohol.

We do not recommend using isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol) to remove glue from your skin, but it can be effective if the glue has adhered to something like plastic. Dip a cloth in the alcohol and rub the area where the glue is. This should gradually soften the glue, allowing you to lift one of the edges and slowly peel it off. When finished, rinse the spot with warm, soapy water.

11. Sand Paper.

If you were working with wood when you spilled the glue, sandpaper is a very effective way to get rid of it. Choose a grit density appropriate to the type of wood in question. Note, however, that sandpaper will also wear away any paint or finish that was already on the wood, so consider whether you want to go that route before starting.

12. Contact a Doctor.

If you are not having success with any of these methods, considering contacting your doctor or visiting a local emergency ward.

Also, if you have somehow managed to glue together more delicate parts of your body, like your eyelids or lips, do not attempt to free them on your own. It is much safer to let a professional deal with any gluing accident where the solution may involve putting the freeing agent into an area where it will cause you an additional problem. Also, if it is an item of particular value, like an expensive piece of clothing, play it safe and let a drycleaner solve the problem for you.

Thanks to its incredible convenience and effective bonding power, Super Glue can be found in most homes and toolkits. Unfortunately, because of its primary qualities of near instant bonding, this can cause people to glue together their fingers and get the adhesive on other surfaces where it should not be. As can be seen from our suggestions, there are several ways to remove the glue, though make sure that you choose ones appropriate for your situation that will not cause damage. If you have accidentally glued together things like eyelids and lips, however, play it safe and let a medical professional solve the issue for you.