How to Get Construction Adhesive Off of Your Hands

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Things You'll Need

  • Liquid dish detergent

  • Sink or small tub

  • Towel

  • Mineral oil, vegetable oil or petroleum jelly

Construction adhesives are difficult to remove from skin and clothing.

Construction adhesive and other strong glues are difficult to remove if you get them on your skin or hands. Gloves prevent the problem in the first place, but you may occasionally get the product on your hands if you work with adhesives on a regular basis. Removing construction adhesive can be a drawn-out process, depending on how much must be removed. The adhesive does not quickly wash or wear away, but you can help speed the process.


Step 1

Add 3 drops of liquid dish detergent to your sink or small tub and fill with warm water.

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Step 2

Immerse your hands in the warm, soapy water. Soak for 15 minutes.

Step 3

Dry your hands gently with a towel.

Step 4

Apply a few drops of mineral oil, vegetable oil or two dime-sized dollops of petroleum jelly (all three work well) to your hands.

Step 5

Gently massage and work the oil or petroleum jelly into the affected areas.


Step 6

Remove excess oil or jelly with the towel.

Step 7

Apply more oil or jelly throughout the day when your hands become dry.

Step 8

Soak your hands for 15 minutes daily and repeat the oil or jelly applications until the adhesive wears away.


Allow time for the product to wear off. Be gentle with your skin.


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