How Can I Soften Gorilla Glue When It Has Hardened in the Bottle?

Gorilla Glue is ideal for repairing household items or making small crafts; it will bond to anything. It's available in small and large sizes of Super Glue and Wood Glue. The only downside to Gorilla Glue is that it can harden after about a year of usage or if it has been exposed to moisture. You can make it flexible and usable again with a variety of fixes, but only if a partial amount of glue remains, not a full bottle.

Step 1

If the surface of the glue has hardened to form a thin seal, break up the layer with a screwdriver. That should get the trapped, usable glue flowing again.

Step 2

Turn on the hot water tap to an uncomfortably high temperature to the touch. Pour the freshly heated water into a wide container and place the entire Gorilla Glue bottle into that water. The water line should be at a level high enough to come up to the level of glue that needs to be softened.

Step 3

If a hot water tap is not available, heat a pot of water on the stovetop. Bring the water to a boil, but do not fully submerge the bottle in boiling water. Allow the water to cool at least 45 seconds before placing the glue bottle in it.

Step 4

Give the bottle some time to sit. If it has not softened in the first heating, be patient and give it a few more tries.

Step 5

The best way to give Gorilla Glue a long shelf life is to properly store it and seal it. Use a standard zip-lock bag to hold the glue in a shelf. For added protection put in a small package of silica-gel to trap and retain moisture that might compromise your bottle of glue. To get an even more effective protection use a vacuum sealer to completely melt the plastic with heat. This should make it impossible for any outside water to enter.