How to Remove Super Glue Without Acetone

    by Elizabeth James

    About the Author

    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.


    Super Glue is an amazing product that can be used to bond craft projects or broken items around the house. Although this substance works well for its intended purpose, it can quickly become a nuisance if you accidentally glue the wrong things together. Acetone is one solvent that removes Super Glue reliably, but can be too harsh for many applications. When you can't use it, you need an alternative.

    Things You'll Need

    • Vegetable oil
    • Cotton ball
    • Soap
    • Washcloth
    • Razor blade
    • Sand paper

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    Soften Super Glue with vegetable oil to remove it from skin. Saturate a cotton ball with the oil and apply it to the affected area. Leave the vegetable oil on for 10 to 15 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 a citrus oil based cleaner to remove it.

    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, but don't put it in the dryer. 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. Sandpaper can ruin a metal surface, so use this method only if surface appearance is not a concern.