How to remove super glue without acetone

Updated April 17, 2017

Super Glue is an amazing product that can be used to bond craft projects or broken items around the house. Although this ingredient works well for its intended purpose, it can quickly become a nuisance when you accidentally glue the wrong things together. Although acetone is the one thing that removes Super Glue, it is often too harsh for many surfaces.

Saturate a cotton ball with vegetable oil and apply to the area of skin where you glued fingers or other body parts together. Leave the vegetable oil on for 10 to 12 minutes. Wash off the excess glue and oil using a washcloth with warm water and soap.

Remove Super Glue from glass using a razor blade. If there is excess glue left on the glass, use Goo Gone, which is an oil-based cleaner.

Wet a wash cloth with warm water and soap to remove Super Glue from fabrics. Leave the soap on the fabric for several minutes before rinsing with warm water. Wash the fabric in the washing machine, if possible. Don't put the fabric in the dryer, because the heat can harden the glue and make it more difficult to remove.

Remove Super Glue from metal with sandpaper. Smooth away Super Glue by sanding it in a circular motion. The sandpaper can ruin a metal surface, so use this method only if surface appearance is not a concern.


Do not use lighter fluid on your skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetable oil
  • Cotton ball
  • Soap
  • Washcloth
  • Razor blade
  • Sand paper
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Based in South Florida, Beth Swanson has been writing professionally since 2005. Her articles have been published in the magazines “Kiwi," “Natural Home,” “Clean Eating,” “Palm Beacher," the “Miami New Times” and several other publications. Swanson earned a Master of Arts degree in integrated marketing communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder.