How to remove super glue residue

Super Glue creates a strong, permanent bond between surfaces. If you accidentally get Super Glue on your skin, clothing or another surface, you can remove it, but you must do so quickly and carefully. Use supplies found in most homes to remove Super Glue residue, restoring the surface to its original condition.

Soak a cotton wool ball or cotton bud in acetone-based nail polish remover. Squeeze out the excess nail polish remover.

Wipe at the area where the Super Glue residue is located. Be gentle as you wipe your skin, but apply more pressure to other surfaces. Add more nail polish remover to the cotton wool ball, if needed, and continue to wipe until the residue lifts.

Scrape Super Glue residue off surfaces using a plastic scraper.

Apply a few drops of mild liquid soap to a dampened cleaning cloth. Scrub skin or any other surface using the soapy cloth. Rub to remove any remaining Super Glue residue. Use care as you rub your skin with the cloth.

Rinse with cool water and dry with a clean towel.


Place aluminium foil on your work surface prior to using Super Glue.


Wear rubber or latex gloves when working with Super Glue. If any Super Glue spills, you won't end up with it on your hands.

Things You'll Need

  • Acetone-based nail polish remover
  • Cotton buds or cotton wool balls
  • Plastic scraper
  • Mild liquid soap
  • Water
  • Cleaning cloths
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.