How to Remove Elmer's Glue


Elmer's glue is used for a variety of arts and crafts projects, and even some home projects. The glue is easy to use, and cleaning up the substance is not difficult. Glue spills do happen and there are a number of ways to remove spilled and dried Elmer's glue stains. Most glue spots are easily removed with soap and water. If a soap solution doesn't work, some white vinegar and warm water will remove any Elmer's glue spill or spot.

Things You'll Need

  • Latex gloves
  • Paper towels
  • 3 clean rags or towels
  • Warm water
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Old spoon
  • Small bowl
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel
  • Wear latex gloves to keep the glue off your hands. Wipe up the Elmer's glue with some paper towels if the glue was just spilled. If the Elmer's glue is dry, skip to Step 4.

  • Wet a clean rag or towel with warm water, wringing out any excess. Apply a teaspoon of dishwashing soap to the rag or towel.

  • Rub the spot where the Elmer's glue spilled with the wet rag or towel to remove any remaining glue residue. Wash the glue residue from the rag or towel with warm water.

  • Rinse the spot where the glue was present with the rag or towel soaked in warm water. Scrape the dried Elmer's glue gently with an old spoon to dislodge as much of the glue as possible.

  • Mix in a small bowl 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of warm water. Agitate the vinegar mixture with the old spoon.

  • Pour the vinegar solution from the bowl into a spray bottle using a funnel. Apply the funnel to the spray bottle to keep the solution from spilling. Spray the vinegar solution on to the dried glue spot, and let it stand for about three minutes.

  • Blot the dried glue spot with another rag or towel. Keep blotting until the glue comes off the surface. Rinse the spot where the glue was present with the rag or towel soaked in warm water. Dry the spot with a clean rag or towel by pressing down on the area and letting any moisture absorb into the rag or towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Work in sections if you have a large area of Elmer's glue that has spilled or dried and needs to be removed.

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