How do you remove Super Glue from jeans?


Quick Answer

To remove Super Glue from jeans, apply acetone to the glue, scrub with a toothbrush, and wash the garment as normal. While acetone is not safe for all fabrics, it is fine for 100 percent cotton denim. Acetone is flammable and toxic, so work in a well-ventilated area.

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  1. Apply acetone to the glue

    Purchase a small bottle of acetone from the health and beauty aisle, next to the fingernail polish remover. If the jeans are a cotton and synthetic blend, test the acetone in an inconspicuous spot before attempting to remove the Super Glue. Work in a well-ventilated space, and wear gloves as you pour acetone onto the fabric. Apply the acetone to both the top and the underside of the jeans to fully dissolve the glue.

  2. Scrub the spot with a toothbrush

    Work the acetone into the fabric using a stiff toothbrush. Continue to add more acetone and scrub until all the Super Glue disappears. In some cases, a small amount of glue may remain on the fabric.

  3. Wash the jeans

    Although the acetone evaporates quickly from the fabric, wash the jeans before wearing them. Follow the manufacturer's directions for selecting the water temperature and use your normal laundry detergent.

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