Removing Gorilla Glue From Skin

Has anyone found a way of removing the brown 'Original' Gorilla Glue from skin.  Earlier today I picked something up by the wrong side which I'd just coated in the stuff. 
I've just spent 20 minutes washing and scrubbing my hands as per their FAQs and have just about lost the stuff, but has anyone come up with a miracle way of removing it?

Note that this is the brown foaming polyurethane glue; not the cyanoacrylate type.

Acetone, when its wet. Wear and tear when its cured.
AndyGadget (author)  steveastrouk4 years ago
Is that from experience, Steve?  Their FAQ for the polyurethane glue says specifically don't use acetone as it removes oils from the skin and makes the glue more likely to stick.
That's from (bitter) experience.
We always have nasty solvents available, and acetone works very well. Yes, you should moisturise afterwards, and really, with a priori knowledge, wear a barrier cream on your skin to stop it sticking !
AndyGadget (author)  steveastrouk4 years ago
I finally tried this and yep, it works. In the absence of industrial solvents I raided my wife's cosmetics drawer for the nail varnish remover which also contains skin conditioner which I think helped the removal (and it left me with lovely silky skin afterwards #;¬).
KatieJ11 month ago

I ended up with it on my thumb and pointer finger. I sprayed them with cooking oil and used my coppery looking wire scrubby under water. It was gone in a minute! Might have been a fluke, but it worked!

Just tried this and it worked famously for me. I used olive oil.

After trying many solutions, with no success, I read the post about using sandpaper. That reminded me that my sister had given me a "micro-pedi nano" for Christmas that I had yet to open. I used it on all 5 fingers that had Gorilla Glue on them and it worked! I may not have any fingerprints left, though... :-)

SammyK12 months ago


-hand soap



It worked for me. It really gets the glue off!

EarleM2 months ago

After working on a project, I was left with a thin layer of black Gorilla Glue residue on my fingers that just would not come off. It was a problem because I had a dinner party to go to and I looked like I had just changed my oil and forgot to wash my hands. I tried every online remedy and solvent that I could find, including olive oil, soap, alcohol, paint thinner, lacquer thinner, nail polish remover, makeup remover and acetone. Nothing worked! Finally, I went with the brute force method and used 150 grit sandpaper. It took about 15 minutes and I was as good as new - as long as I don't have to get fingerprinted for awhile. An emery board would also eventually do it, but it will take a lot longer. You have lots of skin layers and If you use light pressure with the sandpaper, you won't hurt your hands. Next time, I'll put vaseline on my hands first so the glue won't stick.

just used olive oil. I'm impressed how well it worked!

Hi, I put Gorilla Glue on the sole of my shoe then put my foot (with sock on ) in shoe and do to being in a rush, I did not let the glue dry. When I returned home several hours later, my sock and toe was glued to my shoe. The ER did not know what to do. They tried to soak in water. They cut my shoe and sock off so I had a small piece of sock left glued to my large toe. I realized that water and glue would do nothing. Glue needed an oil based substance. I had a tube of lip gloss with mineral oil and Vaseline listed in it. I rubbed the lip gloss around the sock and it slid right off.

KeshaN14 months ago

here's a funny but weird story I'm almost embarrassed to tell the story my gorilla gluedried up so I figured if I put in the microwave for about 1 minute that wouldn't harm it because I was trying to replace the magnet on my glass door to my entertainment centeranyway I put it in the microwave and I pressed 100 or at least I thought I pressed 100 equivalent to 1 minute I turn my back and for 1 minute and realize the microwave was still goingthe time I was on the number 8 so I hurried up and opend the doorbut of course gorilla glue was everywhere in the microwaveby me not thinking I quickly grabbed it out of the microwave and of course that gorilla glue was hots and so now I've been sitting here for about how would say 3 hours trying to get thisgorilla glue off my handsso far I've tried just about every suggestion on this page the olive oil has work the best for me I just have to finish peeling it off...I know one thing's for sure I will never try that againand you have Gorilla Glue get hardened and dry eyes just so good in some hot water don't try the microwave lol lol

CHOSSID4 months ago

Only olive oil, vinegar and salt worked, but my ring is messed up!

Use Murphy's Oil.

MaddyA4 months ago

I was fixing my daughters iPad case and i got a little bit of gorilla glue on my fingers. first, washed my hands withe soap and warm water. Next, coated them in baking soda and scrubbed them with a pummus brick. then i soaked my fingers in acetone. after that i put some Arbonne conditioning oil on my fingers then put on lotion. this really worked!!!

shill217 months ago

Ladies makeup remover works just fine and is gentle on your skin.

What does this say about what we put on our faces? Scary.

make up remover was clutch! Thank you! #gluedarmpits

When I needed to get unstuck myself, I applied it and BINGO - it worked like a charm for me too, SO I HAD TO SHARE!

I'm really happy it has worked for you and others, because many of the other remedies on this site sound harsh on your skin.
bneasham shill216 months ago

this worked great for me

My daughter Gorilla Glued her armpits. When I asked why she said "to stick the pictures on". She generally tends to be ahead of the fashion curve, fyi. Now working through the various solutions presented here. Obviously the sage wisdom "don't do it in the first place" isn't too useful at the moment. But some ocean swim and time may be the one that works best. I do hope that she's learned something about strong poly adhesives!

my son glued his armpit too! Must be a thing Make up remover worked... For next time :)

ryantate7775 months ago

I would try feathers first. If that doesn't work then little shredded up bits of cotton ball should do the trick.

BDayPass6 months ago

For sanding off a light amount of glue, use an emory board. Very kind to your skin.

IsaacBabcock6 months ago

I did the salt/vinegar/olive oil one and added in some Fast Orange and Comet for added brutality. That still took forever. Near the end I came up with a breakthrough though: A knife sharpening stone. That worked great to exfoliate the stuff off. Way better than pumice or a scotchbrite pad.

Both of my hands were about 70% covered in the stuff (palm side only) and it took me well over an hour to get this off, working continuously over a sink that entire time. Gorilla Glue is serious stuff. I thought super glue was bad. This is ten times worse.

We read all the ideas and tried a combo of olive oil and coarse salt. Came right off!

just tried it and it didn't work.

yeah don't put gorilla glue on your skin in the first place.

MarandaD7 months ago

salt and water be sure to put lotion on after you wash your hands

Noqrjakh8 months ago

I got some of the clear stuff on my hands and it dried before I could get it off. I used nail clippers to help me peel the clue off my hands.

the bottle says "bonds skin instantly", and I thought yeah right, but it really does!

soak your hands in warm water then rub any type of sand together in your hands

ROCSart9 months ago

While Gorilla Glue is still sticky use GOOF OFF Pro strength and a dry rag. If water is used to wash hands first the glue gets stickier, worse. Water is used before Gorilla is applied to make wood glue joints set up. So don't use on your hands if you want to remove it! After the Goof Off and a dry rag use WD 40, rub on hand it moistens the skin and removes the Goof Off, repeat if needed. Then use dish soap and water the remove WD 40. Finally, use olive oil to make hands all better.

aeray4 years ago
I haven't found anything to take it off. I suspect that it is called "gorilla" glue because it gives you black "gorilla hands" for a week or two. It'll wear off eventually.
mkljkl aeray12 months ago

Bleach works very well, but after words just wash with a lot of soap!!! Good Luck

I was working on making snowflake ornaments for my 2-year-olds at work and used the clear Gorilla glue. I was cleaning the nozzle per the instructions and, of course, got it all over my hands. I used the olive oil idea and it worked. I worked it into my hands about 3 times for about 10 minutes and washed with hand soap in between to peal off the glue. There's a thin layer where the glue was extra thick on the pads of my fingers but I can live with that. Thanks for the idea!
kntry1 year ago
I tried Acetone and it did nothing.

I rubbed Goof Off on my hands for about a minute then lightly rubbed one of those green dish scrubbing pads on my hands and fingers. I washed with Dawn Dish Liquid and then rubbed Olive Oil on my hands. The Gorilla Glue is completely gone!
I have had this problem alot of times. The best way I've found, it may be a little gross, is to use some dawns dish liquid, vegetable oil or baby oil, vinegar, lotion and flour. Scrub your hands with the dish liquid mixed with oil and vinegar, scrub for about 5-8 minutes, then get a quarter size amout of lotion and put it all over your hands, then wipe off excess, then put your hands in some flour and it should come right off, the flour is too make sure you got it all off.
Ok, a straight line like that, "I have had this problem alot of times." - Are you sure once was not enough to keep you from ever ever ever getting this super superglue on your skin ever ever ever again?
Benlafin2 years ago
I just got some on my hands, and went to clean it with cold water and soap. That hardly worked, so I googled it and found this thread. I decided that the solutions here were a little too complex for me, so I decided to just try olive oil and hot water. Worked pretty well for me. I just poured some olive oil on my hands and rubbed in warm water. Only a thin, hardly noticeable layer of the glue is left on my fingers. I'm not entirely sure how this will work in cases where your hands are entirely covered in glue, but as far as minor catches of it, this should work.
jwallace182 years ago
What worked for me was dampen hands with white wine vinegar and sprinkle on lots of baking soda and scrub. Then wipe hands off with a dry paper towel and after a couple minutes I just rinsed my hands with water and if i missed some its white and has a good edge to peel off
Just made a huge mess with Gorilla Glue on my hands when my project fell and I tried to put it back together. Here is the best way I have found to get Gorilla Glue off your hands. First spray your hands with Pam non stick cooking spray or use baby oil. This will keep the glue from sticking to your hands where you have not spred it. Then use soap and warm water. Pam also works for most other things like spray paint, pine tar and other sticky stuff.
SoundDr3 years ago
I have done this many times - slow learner. Best way to avoid is obviously to wear gloves.

If you act before it is cured Canadian Tire Hand Cleaner will remove it.

The manufacturer states soap and warm water. This, in my experience, will not work. Quickly remove as much as possible and use Canadian Tire Hand Cleaner - a mixture of petroleum products, mineral oil, lanolin etc. It is similar to a product called Lustersheen which is no longer available to me.

If you are not in Canada - good luck. The black residue eventually wears off.
orksecurity4 years ago
Poly adhesives cure on contact with moisture, and that includes the moisture in body tissues. As far as I know, the only way to reliably remove it is to remove the cells that it has bonded to. In the case of hands, you can wait for the body to shed that top layer of skin, try to encourage that shedding, or abrade it off.

The better answer is to prevent the problem; always wear gloves and clothing which you don't mind getting gunked up.

Eyes, obviously, would be a much more serious problem, since you don't even want to think about trying most of the things you might do to your hands. YOU MUST WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES WHEN WORKING WITH POLY ADHESIVES. THIS INCLUDES THE SPRAY INSULATING FOAMS, WHICH HAVE SIMILAR CHEMISTRY.

The best answer, frankly, so to not use these adhesives unless you have a specific reason for doing so. They do have specific uses for which they're better than anything else. But between this need for care, and the fact that they REALLY require that parts be clamped while the glue is curing if you want to get its full strength, they may not be the best choice for everyday use.

Sorry, Gorilla. I like the product, but I don't consider it a cure-all. Tools for tasks.
Burf4 years ago
The only thing I have found that works reasonably well, is to thoroughly wash then leave damp. Rub in petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or mineral oil and peel the glue off. Otherwise, you're probably going to be wearing the glue until the dead skin underneath begins to slough off.
Re-design Burf4 years ago
That's what I'd try. Maybe even WD40. It gets between the skin and the glue bond and sometimes gets things off when you can't.
Dr. Pepper4 years ago
Goof off works well.
I have never used Gorilla glue before, but when I get super glue on my hands sanding it a little helps.  I comes of sooner when you sand most of it off.