How to Get Loctite Off Your Hands

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Things You'll Need

  • Dish-washing liquid

  • Tongue depressor

  • Fingernail brush or toothbrush

  • Hand cream

Super-adhesive glue bonds almost any material together instantly.

Different brands of super glue bond almost any types of materials together in seconds. Unfortunately, these glues have the same effect on skin. If you accidentally get any Loctite glue on your hands while working with it, act quickly. Although it's possible to remove the glue once it has fully dried, it's much less difficult to clean it off when it first drips onto your skin.

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Step 1

Fill a sink with warm water and 2 tablespoons of dish-washing liquid. Place the affected hand or area in the water and allow it to soak for five minutes.

Step 2

Peel apart the areas where your skin is stuck together using a tongue depressor or other blunt object such as a bar of soap or a spoon. Most commonly, it's fingers that get stuck to each other. Do not force the skin areas apart; just gradually work the blunt object in between them.

Step 3

Scrub the glued areas with a fingernail brush or toothbrush. If the water becomes less soapy, drain the sink a bit and add more warm water along with another squirt of dish-washing liquid to make suds.

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Step 4

Continue scrubbing your skin until you remove the glue. Run warm water from the faucet, wash your hands, dry them, and apply hand cream to soothe any irritation caused by the glue and the scrubbing.

Tip

If large amounts of glue have gotten on your skin and have caused burns, immediately seek medical attention.

Acetone-based products, such as nail polish remover, can be used sparingly to help remove glue. Apply the product to the affected area with a cotton swab to help loosen the bond. Separate skin the same way as described in Steps 1 to 4.

Warning

Acetone-based products remove your skin's natural oils, so after using such a product on your skin, rinse it off thoroughly and apply cream or lotion to help moisturize the skin.

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Kenneth Crawford

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.