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How to Get Gorilla Glue Off Hands?

When doing a project, there are times when accidents like tipping an open glue and spilling it on the table could happen. It could also accidentally spill or touch one’s skin and when this happen, glue could get stuck to your skin and could be very uncomfortable. One of the hardest to remove is the very famous Gorilla glue. Due to its quick drying feature, peeling the glue could be very difficult and could cause minor injuries. To avoid this from happening, it is important to know how to remove this type of glue from your skin carefully. Through this article, we shall provide you ways on how to do this. Read further and learn about different methods on how to get Gorilla glue off your hands.

Before we go into details, here is a list of things you would need to take off the glue from your skin:

  • Basin – to work as a container
  • Water – to wash away the remnants
  • Cotton Balls – to work as an absorbent for any liquid chemicals that you might use
  • Pumice Stone – a rough surface that could be used for rubbing out patches of glue.
  • Lemon – acts as a cleaning agent. If you do not have lemon, you could use a lime.
  • Baby oil – this is a gentle and effective softener which you could use on the glued area of your skin. If you do not have baby oil, you could use any oil based agents such as petroleum jelly, lip gloss or cooking oil. 
  • Lotion – this could help in case of irritation or dryness
  • Homemade mixture – water, liquid detergent and soda ash. This mixture could help clean Gorilla glue spills. 

How to Get Gorilla Glue Off Hands?

Citrus Method

This method is safe and it uses an organic ingredient. This is more recommendable than any chemically induced items. The citrus ingredient used in this method is lemon and it is a very effective element that could break down the glue that has stuck in your hands. This method is highly recommended to be done as soon as the incident has happened. This method, on the other hand is not advisable to be done when one has skin injury. 


  • Cut your lemon in half
  • Extract the lemon by squeezing it
  • Rub the extract over the part of the skin where the glue has stuck on
  • Repeat the process until glue disintegrates
  • Once done, wash the part of the skin where the glue was on
  • Run cold water over the skin in case your skin feels any sting. 

Scrubbing Method

If you wish for a method that would provide you an instant result, the scrubbing method is highly recommended. With this method, you would need a pumice stone. This is suggested as it is a gentler tool compared to other gritty objects. When doing this method, be careful of tearing your skin. This could lead to irritation. Hence, if you have sensitive skin, this method is not for you. 


  • Apply baby oil over the skin that has contacted with glue
  • Apply in circular motion until the glue softens
  • Scrub the area with a pumice stone. Ensure that you apply with little pressure. Do not forcefully scrub it as it could result to tearing or abrasion. 
  • Once the glue becomes flaky, massage your hands until it crumbles
  • Once the glue is removed wash your hands until clean

Acetone Method

Acetone is not only for removing nail polish. It could also work for cleaning other things such as removing a thick layer of glue. Take note that if you use this method, you could experience instant dry skin. 


  • Get cotton balls and acetone
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap
  • Pour small amount of acetone on your cotton ball
  • Quickly rub it on your hands. Take in mind that acetone quickly dries.
  • Wash and dry your hands once the glue is off your skin
  • If your skin gets dry, use lotion

Homemade Mixture Method

  • Get a basin of water 
  • Add soda ash, liquid detergent and stir the mixture
  • Submerge and rub your hands together until glue gets off your skin
  • Dry your hands

Final Tips

  • Wear hand protection to prevent skin contact before using glue
  • Ensure the cap of the glue is tightly closed
  • Check your skin before choosing which method to use 
  • If the methods above do not work, do not force yourself
  • If the glue does not scrap, leave it,  it will naturally disintegrate over time.


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