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Super glue can be a pain to remove, but there are a few household items you can use to tackle it. Here are some methods to try, depending on what you have available:

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Soapy Water: This is the gentlest option and a good first try. Soak the affected area in warm, soapy water for a few minutes. The soap can help loosen the glue's bond, allowing you to gently rub it off.

Oil: If soapy water doesn't work, vegetable oil, olive oil, or even butter can help break down the glue. Apply the oil to the area and massage it gently. The oil should help loosen the glue, allowing you to wipe it away.

Acetone (Nail Polish Remover): Acetone is a solvent found in most nail polish removers and is very effective at removing super glue. However, it can also be drying to your skin. Soak a cotton ball in acetone and dab it onto the glue. Be careful not to get it on your nails or surrounding skin. Once the glue loosens, wash the area with soap and water and apply lotion to soothe your skin.


  • Don't pick or pull at the glue! This can irritate your skin and make it harder to remove the glue.
  • Be patient! It may take some time and effort to remove the glue completely.
  • If you have sensitive skin: Skip the acetone and opt for the soapy water or oil method first. If those don't work, consider using a commercial glue remover designed for skin.
  • If the super glue is on or near your eyes: Don't try to remove it yourself! Seek medical attention immediately.

If you've tried these methods and the super glue is still stuck, or if it's causing irritation, it's best to see a doctor for removal.

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