Removing Super Glue from Skin

October 6, 2010

Super GlueApply lotion to your skin before using super glue. It will peel off easily if you get any on you.

By Roxy from St. Louis, MO


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February 1, 2005

My tip is the 'antidote' to Superglue, for when you stick yourself to something, your fingers together or even worse to the tube of superglue. Cooking oil and lots of patience will remove or unstick Superglue.


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June 9, 2017

Instead of washing your hands with chemicals to remove super glue from your fingers, dip your fingers into some water, then into a good amount of salt, make a salt paste and rub it around. Rinse with warm water. If you're left with a bit more super glue on your fingers, repeat the process until it's gone.

Salt for Removing Super Glue  from Fingers - damp salt on fingertip


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September 17, 2010

Use nail polish remover to unhinge super glue from your fingers.


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March 4, 2016

Yesterday, I was working with Super Glue and I wasn't wearing gloves so I got some on my fingers. Today, I was painting with a latex paint, another job without wearing gloves.


At lunchtime, I washed the paint from my hands and the Super Glue came off too.


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July 17, 2005

How can I remove dried super glue from my hands?

Mrs. Umar


By Catherine (Guest Post)
July 17, 20051 found this helpful

Nail polish remover w/ acitone.

By corkey (Guest Post)
July 18, 20050 found this helpful

I have gotten super glue on my fingers and use hand cream to work into it and comes off with some rubbing the hand cream into skin. Alot easier on fingers than nail polish.


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July 19, 20050 found this helpful

I had this happen to me last night. I was using super glue and didn't bother to use the tip that comes with it and got glue all over my fingers. That is the worst feeling! I was out of nail polish remover so I used an emery board on my fingers instead.


I basically sanded the glue off! It worked, I used lotion on my hands after washing them real good and this morning you can't even tell I had glue all over. They're so soft!

July 22, 20051 found this helpful

My daughter recently got a bad cut on her arm and the doctor super glued(yes, real super glue)it instead in stitches. The doctor said not to apply neosporin or petrolium jelly to the wound because it was the antidote for super glue. Give it a try!

By Negin (Guest Post)
August 18, 20061 found this helpful

use neosporin it worked for me


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May 24, 20071 found this helpful


By Deanna (Guest Post)
August 1, 20070 found this helpful

I just got Super Glue on my thumb and didn't realize it until it was dry and uncomfortable.

I used a little hand lotion and rubbed it on my thumb for about 90 seconds and it peeled right off in big pieces.


Simple solution that I wish I'd learned sooner!!

By (Guest Post)
February 13, 20080 found this helpful

I would like to know how to remove Super Glue from you fingernail, can you help me?

By Deb (Guest Post)
February 13, 20080 found this helpful

I would like to know how to remove Super Glue from you fingernail, can you help me?

By Eric (Guest Post)
March 2, 20080 found this helpful

Petrolium Jelly, followed by dish detergent. Better than hand cream or acetone.

By Nancy (Guest Post) (Guest Post)
April 5, 20080 found this helpful

I just got Super Glue on my fingers and while I was reading these posts, I thought of something. I recently bought a Ped Egg that removes dry skin and calluses from feet. I tried it on the places where the Super Glue was and it worked. It took the glue off without hurting my skin.

By Sunshine (Guest Post)
May 14, 20080 found this helpful

I just wanted to say that, I had super glue all over my fingers and of course freaked out, I checked this post and tried the neosporin and it worked like a charm. You rub it on the areas that are affected and then I took a nail file and it really worked great, thanks for the advice.

By Ryan Platte (Guest Post)
May 31, 20080 found this helpful

So thankful for this page! We didn't have acetone or Vaseline, but we did have A&D ointment based on petroleum jelly. It worked, zero pain and as if nothing happened.

By alldeepblue (Guest Post)
August 1, 20080 found this helpful

Terrific tips! I just had super glue all over my hand and no access to acetone. I didn't have petroleum jelly or neosporin, but I used petroleum-based lip balm that I had in my work desk drawer and a nail file.


whoo hoo! All gone.

By (Guest Post)
October 17, 20080 found this helpful

Nothing worked for me. Any other ideas? Do you use the nail file while the neosporin is still on the fingers? Any ideas how to get it off corian counters?

May 20, 20090 found this helpful

All I did to remove a thick coat of superglue from my fingers & back of my hand was use a nail file.
I filed away at the superglue spots for about 3 minutes and WALLAH! All of it was gone, and left my hands soft.
I was concerned that using a nail file would rub my skin raw, but it doesn't at all...just softens it. :)

December 22, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you to all posts! I had an incident today with super glue all over my hands. Nail polish remover was not working so I tried the Vaseline and nail file trick.


Instead of a nail file though, I used a large buffing square - worked really well. Took some time but it worked. Thank you!

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February 28, 2008

How can I get Instant Krazy Glue Gel off my hand? It dried on the palm of my hand and is rough. I tried dish soap and water, and then WD-40. But the crustiness on my skin still remains.

David from Van Nuys, CA


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February 28, 20080 found this helpful

Hi David! If it is the glue that's rough (and not your skin that became rough), you should be able to remove it with fingernail polish remover with acetate in it. I hope this helps.

By TracyInNH (Guest Post)
February 28, 20080 found this helpful

My uncle did that once, glued his fingers together actually. I don't know how he removed it, but I know he called the poison control center and they had some ideas.

By booklady2228 (Guest Post)
February 29, 20080 found this helpful

Put some nail polish remover on a cotton ball and rub your hand, but not too hard or for too long. You may have to repeat this procedure a few times but it should work!

By tmack (Guest Post)
February 8, 20090 found this helpful

I was trying to glue the leg back on a porcelin horse of mine, and to my dismay I glued my thumb, first finger to it as well. I tried the nail polish remover, all that did was make my skin white in parts (like taking off a band-aide does), so tried the olive oil. That worked very well, and not only that it didn't wreck my skin.

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October 6, 2010

Apply lotion to your hands before using super glue. If any gets on your hands, it will come off easy.

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