How to Clean Dried Mod Podge

Updated February 21, 2017

Mod Podge is a glue and sealer beloved by crafters. It was first created in the 1960s by an interior designer named Jan Wetstone, who was looking for an easier way to decoupage. Crafters love Mod Podge because it is easy to apply and can be used on a variety of materials. It is also water soluble, which makes cleaning up after a day of crafting easier. After Mod Podge dries, however, it becomes a bit harder to remove.

You have to act fast to clean up dried Mod Podge from fabric and clothing. If you get it on your clothes, do not let the garment sit around for days before washing it. Wash it right away, before the Mod Podge sets permanently. If you wish, apply stain remover to the spot with the Mod Podge on it.

Dampen a sponge with water and rub it over Mod Podge that has dried on your crafting surface. If wiping the Mod Podge with a sponge does not remove it from the surface, you can try carefully scraping it away.

Take your paint scraper and very carefully slide the blade underneath the Mod Podge. Push the scraper gently, separating the Mod Podge from the surface. Peel the Mod Podge away and discard. Wipe the surface with a wet sponge.

Remove dried Mod Podge from a project by sanding it away. Dampen a piece of sandpaper and rub it where you want the Mod Podge removed. If you own one, use a power sander for thicker patches of Mod Podge.

Remove dried Mod Podge from your hands and skin by washing with warm, soapy water. Lather your hands and rinse well. You may also be able to remove Mod Podge from your skin by rubbing it so that the Mod Podge peels off.


Outdoor Mod Podge is waterproof, so you will be unable to remove it using soap and water. Mod Podge on fabrics needs to be removed within 72 hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Detergent
  • Washing machine
  • Stain remover (optional)
  • Soap
  • Sponge
  • Paint scraper
  • Sandpaper
  • Power sander (optional)
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Based in Pennsylvania, Emily Weller has been writing professionally since 2007, when she began writing theater reviews Off-Off Broadway productions. Since then, she has written for TheNest, ModernMom and Rhode Island Home and Design magazine, among others. Weller attended CUNY/Brooklyn college and Temple University.