How to Remove PVC Glue From Your Hands

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Things You'll Need

  • Warm water

  • Antibacterial soap

  • Cotton balls

  • Acetone nail polish remover

  • Hand lotion


When possible, wear glove when working with PVC glue.


Use caution when using acetone nail polish remover.

Remove PVC glue in a few easy steps.

Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, pipe first became popular in the 1950s. PVC pipe is made of hard plastic that's resistant to rust and corrosion. This makes it a common choice in plumbing and building projects. In addition, the material is lightweight, making it much easier to transport and handle than its metal counterparts. The plastic pipe is also quite flexible, which makes it less likely to crack under pressure. To properly fit different sections of PVC pipe together, use PVC glue.


Step 1

Soak your hands in a solution of hot water (as hot as you can stand) and antibacterial hand soap. This well help to soften the PVC glue. If you are not able to take the time to soak your hands, wash them well in hot water and antibacterial soap.

Step 2

Saturate a cotton ball with acetone nail polish remover. Rub the cotton ball on the glue on your hands. Use short, quick strokes and continue until all of the glue is removed. Replace the cotton ball once it's covered in glue residue. Saturate subsequent cotton balls in the acetone nail polish remover.

Step 3

Rinse your hands well under warm water. Wash with antibacterial soap to remove the nail polish remover. Use hand lotion if desired, as acetone can have a drying effect on the skin.



Jess Jones

Jess Jones

Jess Jones has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has been a featured contributing writer for "Curve Magazine" and she teaches English composition at a small college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in English language and literature in 2002.