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How can you remove super glue?

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Acetone dissolves the bonds created by super glue and helps remove it from skin and surfaces. Acetone is an organic compound found as an active ingredient in nail polish remover. Warm soapy water is also effective in removing super glue. Saliva and warm water work well to loosen and remove super glue from lips.

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For fabrics, loosen the super glue with acetone and then scrub the super glue off with a toothbrush. Soaking the fabrics in warm soapy water dissolves the super glue bonds. The warm soapy water method is recommended for fabrics that get discolored by acetone. Acetone is effective for super glue on floors, countertops, tables, and other hard surfaces. Standard super glue is not recommended for use on glass and soaking in water should help remove super glue from glass surfaces.

For super glue bonded onto skin, immerse the skin with warm soapy water to loosen the bond. Then use a spoon or spatula to peel or roll the skin apart. Acetone also works well to remove super glue adhesives from the skin. Caution should be taken when using acetone on skin. Acetone is an irritant to skin, especially the eyes, nose and throat. Inhaling acetone fumes may cause headache, nausea, dizziness, and drowsiness.

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