How to Soften Glue in a Container

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Soften hard glue by soaking the bottle in hot water.

Nothing thwarts a craft project in progress like realizing your glue is hard and dried. Cryanoacrylate glues, once hardened, cannot be re-softened. Your glue may be thickened and extra-sticky after you soften in hot water, but it will likely serve its purpose until you can get to the store and buy more.


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Step 1

Fill a saucepan with water.

Step 2

Heat the water until it simmers.

Step 3

Turn off the heat and drop the sealed bottle of glue into the hot water.


Step 4

Leave the glue in the water until the water cools.

Step 5

Open the cap on the glue bottle and see if the glue is soft enough to use. If not, repeat the process.


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