How to Get Nail Glue Out of Clothes

Getting nail glue out of clothing takes persistence.

Nail glue is used when you're applying fake nails or tips during a manicure. Accidents happen, and it's not unusual to get nail glue on your clothes. Since it is essentially super glue, it will require some persistence to remove it from your clothing. By following a few steps, you should be able to tackle the nail glue while doing your laundry and breathe easy when you get it out.

Things You'll Need

  • Acetone nail polish remover

  • Cotton swab

  • Toothbrush

  • Fine sandpaper

  • Liquid laundry detergent

Step 1

Let the nail glue completely dry. If it is still wet, the nail glue will continue to spread into the clothing.

Step 2

Soak a cotton swab in the acetone nail polish remover and dab the glue, using a lifting motion. Before you start this, you should test a small area of the clothing to ensure the acetone nail polish remover will not damage the clothing.

Step 3

Rub the area with the toothbrush gently to remove the dry flakes of nail glue.

Step 4

If the nail glue is stubborn, gently rub the glue with fine sandpaper, being careful not to damage the clothing.

Step 5

Wash the clothing in a regular wash cycle and air dry.


Do not use a dryer. If a small amount of the glue remains it will damage the clothing.