Get rid of that glue

How to get super glue off your fingers: A handy guide

It just takes one careless moment with the glue bottle – next thing you know, you’re looking up “how to get super glue off fingers” on the internet. Getting super glue in the wrong place is a common DIY mishap, but it’s easy to fix. Read on to find out how to remove super glue from your hands quickly and easily.

How to remove super glue from your hands

Accidents happen, but luckily there are several simple solutions for removing dried super glue from your fingers. Try one of these methods as soon as possible:

  • Soap. Add some soap to warm water and then soak the skin. Once the glue has loosened, you should be able to simply peel it away.
  • Lemon juice. If you have sensitive skin, try lemon juice instead. Just mix 1-part lemon juice to 1-part water.
  • Olive oil or margarine are effective natural treatments. The grease helps to loosen the glue.
  • Laundry detergent. Any brand should do the trick. Just mix ¼ cup detergent in a cup of warm water. After rubbing your skin for about 20 seconds the glue will come off.
  • Glue remover.  Loctite Glue Remover can be used on bonded fingers as well as stained surfaces.

Ideally, of course, you’ll avoid getting glue on your skin in the first place! Loctite glues have a special non-drip formula, making accidents less likely.

How to get super glue off your nails

If you get super glue on or under your fingernails, acetone is the answer. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Cover the surrounding skin with petroleum jelly (Vaseline). This will help protect sensitive skin.
  2. Get out the acetone. Acetone is most commonly found in nail polish remover.
  3. Cover the nail in acetone. You can use a cotton ball, and rub the nail to remove the glue. If you’re having trouble reaching an area under the nail, try a cotton bud.

How to remove super glue from hair

There’s no need to cut your hair – a simple hair wash should suffice. Just use a generous amount of shampoo, rinse, apply conditioner, and then rinse again. You should wash and comb your hair gently, to avoid irritating your scalp. If there’s still a little bit of glue in your hair, simply repeat the process until it’s all gone.

Don’t use commercial glue remover on your hair, as it might irritate your scalp. Shampoo, conditioner and a comb should be all you need.