Natural Ways to Remove Super Glue From Eyeglasses

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Natural Ways to Remove Super Glue From Eyeglasses
Super glue stuck to your glasses is unsightly, but easy to remove. (eyeglasses image by timur1970 from

Super glue was designed to join things quickly and effortlessly, including eyeglasses. The problem is that the glue dries incredibly fast, sometimes in just a few seconds. When you use the glue on your glasses, you might have a problem with dripping or the glue spreading. Even if you manage to fix the glasses, you don't want a large white spot hanging from one side. Most remedies for removing super glue rely on acetone, found in nail polish remover, but natural remedies also exist.

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Soap and Water

The Original Super Glue Corporation suggests using a combination of hot water and soap to remove stuck or dried-on super glue from the skin. This method also works on other items, including your eyeglasses. Start by boiling 1 cup of water and then adding 1/2 tsp of dishwashing soap to the water. Mix thoroughly and then set your glasses in a shallow dish. Pour the mixture over the glasses, making sure to completely cover the area with the dried-on glue. Let sit for at least 15 minutes and then gently rub your finger across the glue. The soap-and-water mixture loosens the glue, letting you push it right off the glasses.


Another option is to use items from around the house to gently scrape the super glue from your glasses. A butter knife, nail file, the edge of your fingernail or anything else with a dull edge should work. Let the glue dry completely because if you try scraping while the glue it still wet, it will run or transfer onto other areas of your glasses. It's helpful to use a small amount of water to loosen the glue as you gently scrape at the bottom of the glue and then pry upwards.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is effective at removing super glue, as are other natural oils, including eucalyptus oil or sesame oil. A cotton swab moistened with the oil can be used to gently rub against the dried-on super glue. When the oil saturates the dried-on super glue, it should slide off with a little push.

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