Home Remedies to Remove Glue From Wood


Glue is a handy bonding agent that is used to seal and connect a variety of materials. It generally does its job, but when glue gets on something you don't want, like wood, you want it off and you want it off fast. Removing glue from a wood surface can be a challenge, but there are some home remedies for removing glue and any residue it has left behind. The key is to remove the glue gently, so as not to further damage the wood surface.


  • Using vinegar on a rag or cloth is one way to remove glue and its residue from wood surfaces. Vinegar is a non-toxic liquid that you may already have in your kitchen, and which will remove epoxy and many other types of glue. Just soak a rag or cloth in a bowl containing about a half of a cup of vinegar, then wring the rag or cloth out to remove any excess. Start wiping the wood surface with the soaked rag or cloth. It is best to work slowly, gradually making the glue soft so you can "roll" it up with your fingers. Don't worry, vinegar will not damage your hands.

    Once the glue has been removed, wipe the surface with a dry cloth to clean up any residue and to dry the wood surface.


  • WD-40 is not only a lubricant and cleaner, it is also a chemical that can remove glue from just about any surface, including wood. You will want to spray it on a rag, then apply the soaked rag to the wood surface. Do not spray WD-40 directly on the wood surface. Work in sections if you have a lot of glue to remove. Use a white pot scrubber (white so that no color will be transferred to the wood surface) to help break up any glue that has been on the wood for a long time. Be sure to open a window and ventilate the room or area you're in well, because WD-40 does have a smell. Also, wear gloves to protect your hands.

    Once the glue has been removed, wipe the wood surface with a damp rag or cloth containing warm water. Dry the surface with a clean soft cloth.

Real Mayonnaise

  • Applying real mayonnaise to the glue spot is another way to remove glue from a wood surface. You will want to apply enough mayonnaise to cover the entire spot. Make sure you cover any small drops of glue that may have splattered around the main spot. Let the mayonnaise sit for about five minutes, then wipe it up with a clean rag or towel. Reapply the mayonnaise and let it sit longer for tough glue spots.

Heat Gun

  • A heat gun can be used with any of the above methods of glue removal to speed the process up. Apply the heat gun to the spot for about two minutes at a time to help melt the glue.

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