Household adhesives don’t come much stronger than super glue, but this strength means that spills can be especially annoying. If you have super glue on your hands, you don’t need to wait for it to come off gradually. Some brands of glue will even warn against this. Instead, get even the stickiest glues off of your hands with nothing more than water and table salt. This easy fix can remove glue in mere minutes.
Method 1 of 2: Standard Method
- If you’re unsure how much to use, start with two tablespoons and add more as needed.
2. Add water to make a paste. Adding about half as much water as you added salt should make a loose, salty paste. Stir the salt and water together in your hand (or a separate container) to get it uniform.
- Warm water works best. Warmer temperatures speed up the reactions that help break down glue at a chemical level.
- For a particularly tough job, try adding lemon juice instead of water. The acid in the juice helps dissolve the glue.
- After about a minute, rinse some of the salt off and see whether the glue seems to be coming off. If the glue has all washed away, you’re already done! However, it will usually take a few more applications before you make significant progress.
5. Repeat until the salt is gone. Keep rubbing the salt paste in, rinsing bits of glue away, and applying more salt paste. Eventually, you’ll be able to remove much of the glue. You may not be able to get all of it off the first time you try, but repeated applications will definitely speed up the process.
- Even if the glue doesn’t come off right away, don’t worry — it will eventually fall off on its own. The natural oils in your hands will loosen the glue over time and it will fall off through your normal daily actions. It’s rare for super glue to stick to the skin for more than about two days.
Method 2 of 2: Additional Ideas
- Note, however, that oils aren’t always a wise idea. If you have naturally oily skin already, adding extra oil may cause blemishes, for instance.
- Acetone is found in most (but not all) nail polish removers. Check the ingredients label on a bottle of nail polish remover before using it — non-acetone products may not work as well.
- Rinse well with water when you’re done. Leftover soapy residue on your hands can make its way into your next meal if you don’t wash your hands. While this is unlikely to be dangerous, it can make you sick.
- Best of all, since the only ingredients are salt and water (or oil), this DIY exfoliating scrub stores well. Just keep it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place and the paste should keep for months.
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