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How to remove super glue from skin at home

Updated November 21, 2016

Ever since the invention of super glue, there have been super glue accidents. Hands have been attached to wood. Fingers have become stuck together. The thought of it is funny, unless it happens to you or your child. Then panic can set in as you try to figure out how to get unstuck without ripping your flesh. Thankfully, there are antidotes for getting super glue unstuck--none of which is painful if done correctly.

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  1. Soak the affected area in warm, soapy water. Use a mild soap or dishwashing liquid.

  2. Roll or wiggle the skin gently with your fingers to see if the glue will separate painlessly. Use a spatula or something similar to help with this process.

  3. Apply antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly to the area of the skin where the super glue is stuck, then gently file away at the glue with a nail file to break the glue up.

  4. Put fingernail polish remover containing acetone on the area. Be aware that the polish remover may stain or discolour certain materials. Move the skin slowly, never forcing or peeling it away.

  5. Rub lotion onto the area once the super glue is removed.

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Things You'll Need

  • Warm, soapy water
  • Spatula
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Nail file
  • Fingernail polish remover with acetone
  • Lotion

About the Author

Katlyn Joy has been a freelance writer since 1982. She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a master's degree in writing. While in school she served as graduate assistant editor of "Drumvoices Revue" magazine.

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