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How to Get Super Glue Off Almost Anything

How to get super glue off glasses without acetone: Step by step

Acetone is a very effective solution for super glue removal, but avoid using it on your glasses unless you’re sure that it’s compatible. As acetone can damage lens coatings and even the finish of the frame, you’ll want to know how to get super glue off glasses without acetone, using a gentler method.

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Mix warm water with dish soap. The water should be warm, not hot – exposure to hot water might cause some lenses to crack. Use approximately half a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of soap. Mix until the soap dissolves.
  2. Soak a clean microfibre cloth in the soapy water. 
  3. Gently press the cloth against the glue stain. Leave it to soak until the glue softens. If it’s a particularly large or stubborn stain, you may have to wait for longer, or soak the cloth in water again before re-applying.
  4. Wipe away the glue. After gently wiping a few times, the glue should be gone.


A Summary of the Best Methods for Removing Super Glue


Remove super glue with these items below:













Rubbing Alcohol
Paint Thinners – warning flammable.
Lighter Fluid – caution highly flammable


Hand Sanitizer
Petroleum Jelly
Artist Medium Oils
Coconut oil
Sunflower Or Vegetable Oil


Butter Or Margarine
Peanut Butter
Lemon Juice




Soap and Water


Nail File






Super glue is a household item often used for on-the-spot repairs and a range of other purposes. A major issue when you use super glue is the risk of sticking your fingers together, or you could cause spills in unwanted areas. Although spilling super glue may seem like a disaster, it is not the end of the world. Using the various methods described in this guide, you should be able to remove super glue from any surface you may spill it on.

Removing Super Glue From Tough Surfaces

Super Glue can end up spilling on all types of different surfaces.  Below we will go through the best methods for removing super glue from plastics, metal, and glass.

How To Get Super Glue Off Plastics

When messing super glue on plastic the process is a little different and definitely takes more time. As acetones can potentially eat away at some plastics, they are not the safest solution for this task and some people prefer to steer clear. The methods below are more natural and will not require you to expose yourself to chemicals.

Below we will walk you through the simple method of removing super glue from plastic surfaces without the use of alcohol or acetone:

  • This method requires an old cloth that you can work with and do not mind getting dirty.
  • First, soak your cloth in warm soapy water and ring it out. Place the damp cloth over your dried super glue spill. This will soak and soften your adhesive.
  • You may want to seal this with some plastic wrap to retain the moisture in your cloth.
  • Leave it like that for a few hours.
  • Once done your glue should be softer and can easily then be wiped away with a small hint of acetone or rubbing alcohol.

Other natural methods would involve the use of either some vinegar or household oil. White vinegar or apple cider vinegar both work well for these tasks. If you would prefer to use an oil base, one could use olive oil, sunflower, vegetable oil, or even a small amount of baby oil. 

  • Whether you have opted for vinegar or oil, the process is the same.
  • Soak the area with your chosen diluted solution. Use some cotton swabs or balls to apply this to the Super Glue and maybe wear some gloves to avoid any further mess.
  • The vinegar works well in loosening the superglue with acids, while the vegetable or other oils work by saturating and coating the glue so it can be lifted easily.
  • After a few minutes, you can attempt using some of those flat tools we were talking about earlier to gently lift your superglue off the plastic.
  • Make sure to wipe the area down afterward with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue from your cleaning solutions.
  • If after trying the above methods, you would still like to try using acetone to remove super glue from your plastics, then here is the method below.
  • Just as we discussed with removing super glue from wood and other surfaces, using a small amount of acetone can assist in raising the adhesive off the plastic.
  • Adding too much may eat away at that type of plastic. Using a swab may be helpful in accessing the edges and where the glue meets the surface.
  • Then you can use your tools to carefully work at the area and remove it.
  • This is not only beneficial in removing dried superglue from the surface. If you happen to mess glue on your plastic, wood, or other countertops and surfaces, and you notice it while it is still wet, you can get rid of it right then and there.
  • Simply wipe the spot with alcohol or acetone while wet. Your super glue should come off quickly and without fuss.
  • Once your area is free from glue wipe it down to remove any leftover residue.
How to Remove Super Glue from Glass

How to Remove Super Glue from Glass

When it comes to working with glass, things get a lot more dangerous. Trying to remove dried super glue from glass should not involve any rough movements or tools. This could lead to the glass surface cracking or breaking, and you could seriously injure yourself.

To avoid these issues using a glass-specific super glue is very useful in minimizing damage and mess. These glass glue options would include using silicone-based superglues. These work well with glass or metals and other tougher materials. Sometimes though you need to work with what you have, so if you have made a mess or accidentally messed some superglue on your glass surfaces, thankfully there are some easy methods to remove it.

  • As with the other methods alcohol or pure acetone is your best friend when removing super glue. This is also a safe option that can be used on glass.
  • You can use some cotton swabs or an old rag to soak your super glue with the chemicals. Let them penetrate the glue before trying the next step.
  • Take a very sharp knife or blade and carefully attempt to lift and peel the dried super glue off your glass surface.
  • This may take a few attempts to properly saturate the glue and get it to lift from the surface.
  • Once it has been taken off you can wipe down the area.
  • If, once again you are reluctant to use acetone or maybe you are out, here is another method you can try for removing super glue off glass.
  • This method is much gentler and only requires some warm water and soap.
  • Take a cloth or old rag and wet it in the warm water.
  • Apply the damp cloth to the dried super glue and allow it to sit there for a while to soften the area.
  • This step may need to be repeated a few times to adequality coat and lubricate the super glue.
  • Once done you should be able to wipe it away easily.

How to Remove Super Glue from Metal

Removing super glue from metal is quite different of course as metal is much tougher and can withstand more than what glass can. If you have spilled Super Glue on a metal surface, then acetone can also be used but for a stronger method take a look below.

  • Definitely wear gloves for this technique as the chemicals you are using are very strong and toxic to work with.
  • This method requires the use of lighter fluid or hydrogen peroxide to remove the glue.
  • Start by wiping down the metal surface to remove any dust or debris that is stuck on it. This will make the removal process simpler.
  • In the same manner, as our acetone methods, you want to soak a cotton ball in the lighter fluid and apply it to the area.
  • The fluid or peroxide works by eating away at the glue, making it very easy to wipe right off.
  • For tougher jobs, a few applications will be necessary. Working with tools may also assist in properly removing the super glue.
  • Once you are done be sure to properly wipe the area with a clean cloth and some soapy water. This will remove any toxic residue from your surface.

Key things to bear in mind when cleaning superglue skin

Before we get started showing you how to get superglue off fingers, thumbs and other skin there are some important things you need to know.

  • Be wary of potential reactions, and take care when using cleaning products on your skin.

  • Always check product labels for instructions and safety guidelines.

  • Spot-test a tiny amount of your product on your skin before you start.

  • Wash your skin immediately after using cleaning products, using cool water.

  • Don’t use any cleaning products on broken or damaged skin.

  • Seek medical attention immediately in the event of an adverse reaction.

How to Get Super Glue off Everything

Next, we will take a look at what removes super glue from almost every surface. Whether you have super glue on your skin, on your favorite item of clothing, or on your wooden table, there are tried and tested ways to remove it. Next time you spill some super glue on any surface, you can easily remove it.

How to Remove Super Glue from Your Skin

Everyone who has used super glue has most likely gotten some on their skin, or even stuck their fingers together. Removing super glue from your skin can sometimes be a challenging and even painful task. One popular method is to use sandpaper or a nail file to gradually remove the glue one thin layer at a time from your skin. If this sounds too extreme, there are more gentle super glue removal techniques you can use. The first method involves using nail polish remover, and the second requires butter.

How to Dissolve Super Glue with Nail Polish Remove

How to Dissolve Super Glue with Nail Polish Remover

For this method, you will need a cotton swab, nail polish remover, and some warm soapy water.  Begin by soaking a swab or cotton ball in alcohol or nail polish remover. Leave the nail polish remover on the affected part for a few minutes to coat the glue completely. After a while, the glue will begin to loosen slightly and you can keep dabbing the area until the glue is completely removed. Then, rinse your skin thoroughly with soapy water, as this washes away any chemical residue. You might need to moisturize too, as acetone dries your skin out.

How to Dissolve Super Glue with Butter or Margarine

For this method, all you need is a little butter, margarine, or moisturizer. There are high levels of oil and fat contained in both margarine and butter, which can saturate and loosen the dry glue. Although it may not seem appealing, coating the affected area of skin with either of these will weaken the bond of the glue. You can also use any moisturizers or oils you have around the house. This includes vegetable oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and even artist’s oils like poppy-seed or linseed oils.

How to Dissolve Super Glue with Salt and Water

If you do not like the idea of chemicals on your skin, you can use a natural super glue remover instead. This super-simple solution is made with warm water and a little salt. Fill your bathroom basin or a container with warm water. Submerge the area of your skin covered in super glue in warm water for a few minutes. Apply salt onto the area and rub it in. The salt will loosen the glue from your fingers very easily.

How to Remove Dried Super Glue from Wood Surfaces

How to Remove Dried Super Glue from Wood Surfaces

As with removing super glue from your skin, there are several methods you can use to remove super glue from wood. The most effective way to get super glue off of wooden surfaces is to use acetone or rubbing alcohol, but there are also less-abrasive, non-chemical options available.

How to Dissolve Super Glue from Wood with Acetone

Acetone is the most effective method for removing super glue from your loved wooden surfaces. All you need for this method is some acetone or rubbing alcohol, a cotton swab, and a wet cloth. Cotton swabs are the best tool for this job because they are non-abrasive and have a good level of absorption. Begin by soaking your cotton swab in acetone. Carefully wipe around the outside of the glue, so the perimeter is completely coated. Once it has seeped in, the edges will be easy to lift away from the wood surface with a flat-edged implement. Wipe the area gently using a wet cloth.

The key is to use any solvent very sparingly. Over-saturating the wood surface can strip away varnishes stains, and finishes, and even damage the wood.

It is a good idea to test the effect of the acetone on a small area of the wood surface to check its reaction. This way you avoid damaging a large section and having to refinish the entire piece. It is also essential to allow any glue spilled to completely dry before trying to remove it. Attempting to clear wet glue will make the resulting spill far worse and could significantly damage the surface.

How to Remove Super Glue from Wood with Mayonnaise

This natural method of super glue removal has the added benefit of also moisturizing the wood. Using mayonnaise over the glued area will lubricate it and allow it to peel away from the surface easily. It’s only necessary to use a small quantity, as it is very oily.

Work the mayonnaise into the glue. The combination of oil and eggs in mayonnaise will condition the surface of the wood and coat it with a dust protective layer. When you have left the glue for a while, it will lift away easily. When using mayonnaise to lubricate the total surface of a table, rub it in evenly, and you will soon see your wood revived! This technique will restore all types of wood, varnished or not. Your furniture will be refreshed and conditioned like new again.

How to Dissolve Super Glue from Wood with Ice and

How to Dissolve Super Glue from Wood with Ice and Acetone

If your wooden surface is quite fragile and you are worried about damaging it by using a lot of acetone, you can use ice as a less abrasive removal option. The glue spill must first be allowed to completely dry for this method. Place an ice pack onto the spill for several minutes. The cold dries out the glue and will allow you to easily peel it from the surface. Keep in mind that you should use an ice pack, not ice cubes. If ice is placed directly onto the wood it may melt into the wood causing it to swell. When you’ve removed the spill, wipe any residue left on the surface away with a very small amount of acetone. White vinegar can also be used to clean the area and then you can wipe the surface with a damp cloth to get rid of the smell.

Removing Super Glue from Clothes and Fabrics

Anyone will be very dismayed at the thought of the irreversible damage to fabrics and fibers when you have accidentally spilled glue, especially super glue, on your clothing. The good news is that a superglue spill doesn’t have to mean getting rid of an item of clothing. With the right glue removal methods it can be easily salvaged. The following two techniques will assist you in removing super glue without damaging fabric. The first technique involves acetone or rubbing alcohol, while the second involves the freezer.

How to Dissolve Super Glue on Fabrics with Acetone

How to Dissolve Super Glue on Fabrics with Acetone

Colorless acetone or alcohol is effective for super glue removal from most materials. If done carefully, this method won’t cause any damage at all. Fabric is delicate, so a soaked cotton ball is far too heavy an application. Instead, an old toothbrush will give you more precise control. Submerge the brush in the solvent and begin carefully scrubbing the glued region. Repeat the process, with light scrubbing until the glue is mostly cleared. The size of the spill may determine how effective this method is, as it might remove large spills completely.

How to Remove Super Glue from Fabrics by Freezing

For a more gentle method without using chemical solvents, you can try this method on wet or dry super glue spills. Reacting quickly is the key! Right after spilling superglue onto clothing, don’t touch or disturb the glue. Carefully remove the item of clothing first. Then put it directly into the freezer. As with the wood glue removal on skin technique, this freezes and dries out the super glue for easy removal. This part takes slightly longer, as the spill will require at least an hour to set. It should then peel away without any damage to the fabric.

Washing the garment after this will ensure any glue residue is removed.

Removing Super Glue from Carpets with Rubbing Alcohol

The types of fabric used for clothing, carpets, or furniture differ considerably and even minor damage can affect an entire item. For larger items, like carpets, you will need a slightly different glue removal method than you would use on clothing. Rubbing alcohol is much more gentle on the fabric than acetone, so this is a better option. Be sure to test a small spot first so that you can determine whether the solvent is harmful to your carpet.

Use a cotton swab to coat the dry glue accurately without saturating the carpet. Next, use some petroleum jelly or other oils to help you carefully remove it from the affected region. You want to minimize contact between your carpet and chemical solvents or oils, as these can easily damage some fabrics permanently.

How to Work Carefully with Super Glue

How to Work Carefully with Super Glue

The easiest way to remove Super Glue from a window or other glass surface is to not get any glue on the glass in the first place. Careful application starts with choosing an appropriate kind of Super Glue.

Liquid glue works well for cracks, but a gel version gives you more control and takes slightly longer to dry.

Spread newspaper under your work surface, and wear gloves that are not be made of cotton or wool. Super Glue may produce extreme heat, or even smoke and fire, when it reacts with natural fibers.

Gloves should prevent any of the sticky stuff from getting on your hands. If your fingers do become bonded together, do not try to force them apart.

Instead, apply acetone with a cotton ball. You may also soak your hands in warm, soapy water then scrape with a dull metal tool.

You now know the answer to questions like how to get Super Glue off glass, how to remove Super Glue from a window, and how to clean Super Glue off eyeglasses.

You even learned some safety tips and best practices for avoiding getting the powerful adhesive in places that you don’t want it.

If you move quickly enough, it’s possible to remove Super Glue from glass with a cloth soaked in hot water. However, if the glue has a chance to dry, don’t panic.

Choose your favorite option out of soapy water, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, acetone, baking soda-coconut oil paste, and commercial products. You will probably use careful scraping as one of your tools for how to remove Super Glue from glass surfaces, too.


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