How to Get Rid of Glue

Glue has powerful adhesive qualities, making it an ideal substance for many household repairs, such as broken crockery and torn fabrics.

Give your children washable PVA (poly-vinyl acetate) glue for crafts.Give your children washable PVA (poly-vinyl acetate) glue for crafts.
Glue can be a messy, awkward substance, and it often gets in places where you rather it didn't, such as on your skin or on carpets. Luckily, there are a number of measures you can take to get rid of glue.

Dampen a soft cloth or cotton ball with rubbing alcohol to remove residual glue caused by price stickers. Scrape away the residue with a putty knife once the area has been thoroughly moistened. Repeat if necessary. Rubbing alcohol is usually safe to use on glass and ceramic materials.

Get rid of glue on paper surfaces such as football cards, postcards or pictures by freezing the object in your refrigerator. Pictures are usually left unharmed in cold temperatures, but the cold temperature will make the glue brittle. Scrape it off when frozen using a putty knife.

Boil water in a kettle or pan if the glue on a picture doesn't become brittle enough during the freezing process. Hold the picture at the point where the steam is emerging. Once the steam starts to melt the glue, wipe the glue off using a cloth.

Place an ice cube in a plastic bag to remove glue from carpet or other soft fabrics. Put the bag on the affected area and wait until the cold temperature dries up the glue so it can be scraped away.

Wet a soft cloth with warm vinegar to remove glue from wood surfaces. Apply pressure with the cloth on the affected area of the wood. Scrape off the glue once it has begun to melt. Exercise caution when scraping to ensure you don't damage wood surfaces.

Dab nail polish remover on an absorbent paper towel to get rid of glue from windows. Rub the paper towel using a circular motion around the glass area affected by glue. Scrape away the glue using a window scraper, ensuring you don't scratch the window in the process.

Things You Will Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Putty knife
  • Ice cubes and plastic bag
  • Vinegar
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paper towels
  • Window scraper

About the Author

Wilkie Collins started writing professionally in 2007. She has submitted work for organizations including Venue, an arts-and-culture website for Bristol and Bath (U.K.), and "Sound and Vision," a technology magazine. Collins holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and media studies from the University of Bristol.