Super glue is a wonderful thing. It’s strong enough to bond things that are supposed to be together but not so strong that you can’t take them apart when you need to.
Unfortunately, the downside of this powerful adhesive is its tenacity once it has bonded with something – namely, your fingers. If you’ve ever had the experience of being glued to your fingers for hours after using superglue, then these 11 clever ways will come in handy.
Method 1: Use Dish Soap and Water
Follow the steps below to remove super glue with dish soap and water:
- Rinse your fingers and hands under warm running water and dry them with a towel.
- Fill a bowl with warm water and add two cups of dish soap. Soak your fingers in the soapy water for about 5 minutes.
- After you have soaked your fingers, rinse them off again with cool running water to cool them down before you try to peel the glue off your skin with your thumbnail or fingernails. It will be much easier to do this while the super glue is still wet rather than dried on your skin.
- If you are having trouble getting most of the glue off, put some more dish soap on it and start working again until it’s all gone.
Method 2: Use Detergent
Detergents work by breaking down the chemical bonds between your fingers and super glue. Take a thin layer of detergent on your hands and rub it vigorously. Rubbing will work away at the glue and loosen it over time.
Wash your hands like normal and the rest of the dirt and grime with soap and water. Rinse your hands with water to remove any soap residue, then pat them dry – this should help with the smell too.
Method 3: Soak in Nail Polish Remover
First, you’ll need to clean your hands with soap and water. This will remove any oils or dirt that are preventing the nail polish remover from being able to soak into the glue.
Next, fill a shallow dish with enough nail polish remover to cover your fingertips, allowing them to float in the liquid. This will dissolve the super glue so you can peel it off more easily. Let your fingers soak for at least 10 minutes, then use a cotton ball or paper towel to rub any remaining adhesive away gently.
Rinse under clean water and dry your hands thoroughly. Remember that nail polish remover is just another form of alcohol, so it’s important not to let it dry on your skin.
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Method 4: Use Acetone
Acetone is often best for removing superglue from your fingers. It’s a powerful solvent that can dissolve the adhesive so that you can easily pick or peel it off without causing any damage to yourself.
If using acetone, protect your skin with rubber gloves and keep your eyes away. The fumes can be quite strong. You’ll want to work in a well-ventilated area and cover your clothing with a layer of plastic. This will protect you from getting the acetone on other clothes.
Pour a generous amount of acetone into a jar or tray and submerge one of your fingers into the solution. Wait for two minutes before returning your finger to the air, then do the same for the next finger, and so on. Rinse out your fingers with water as you go.
After you have rinsed each finger, wipe it clean with a paper towel. Repeat the process if your fingers are still stuck together.
Method 5: Use Coconut Oil and Baking Soda
To get super glue off of your fingers, mix equal parts baking soda and coconut oil together in a small bowl. The mixture should be thick but still spreadable.
Rub the baking soda and coconut oil mixture onto your fingers to cover the area where the super glue has stuck to them. Let this stand for five minutes, then rinse it away with warm water and soap so no residue is left behind.
Method 6: Use an Ice Cube
One of the most popular ways to remove superglue from your fingers is by using ice. All you need to do is simply rub an ice cube over each finger until the adhesive begins to break apart and flake off like dead skin.
The water in between will act as a lubricant, making it easier for you to separate the skin from the glue.
Remember – you can’t use this method if anything else is stuck to your finger with the super glue.
Method 7: De-grease With Vegetable Oil
Follow the steps below to remove super glue from your fingers:
- Prepare a bowl or glass of vegetable oil and allow to cool slightly.
- Coat fingers and the superglue with vegetable oil.
- Wait for at least 30 seconds before trying to unstick your fingers.
- Peel your fingers slowly away from each other, starting where they are glued together.
The vegetable oil will help dissolve the glue and break the bond between the two surfaces. It also makes it easier to peel the fingers apart. Use a q-tip dipped in vegetable oil around your fingernails if you’re having trouble grabbing onto them.
Method 8: Use Petroleum Jelly
One of the easiest and most effective ways to get superglue off your fingers is by applying petroleum jelly.
The chemical structure in both products prevents them from bonding when they come into contact, making this a natural solution easy enough for anyone to use. Apply Vaseline or petroleum jelly on your fingers; the glue will peel right off.
Method 9: Use Rubbing Alcohol
Coat your fingers in a thin layer of rubbing alcohol. Rub the rubbing alcohol into your fingers to remove any traces of oil or grease before it dries onto your skin.
Let the alcohol sit for five minutes before wiping it off with a cotton cloth or paper towel.
To make this process even easier, use a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol to apply a thin layer all over your fingers to remove any oil or grease.
Method 10: Use Paint Thinner
Paint thinner is a paint and varnish remover that can remove super glue from your fingers. Soak the area of your fingers where you got the glue and let it penetrate for 5 minutes.
Then scrub the area with a rough towel and some dish soap or hand soap (dish soap will work better) to loosen up the glue and remove as much as possible.
Method 11: Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Pour hydrogen peroxide over the stuck fingers. The hydrogen peroxide cuts through the super glue and frees your fingers. Ensure that all of the adhesives are removed between your fingers before moving on to another finger, though.
You can also use a toothbrush or fingernail brush to scrub the glue residue between your fingers.
We hope you found these 11 clever ways to remove super glue from your fingers helpful. Remember, the trick is not to panic. The more you try different methods of removing it, the better the chance that one will work for you.
Have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll consider adding them to our list next time.