Introduction: How to Prevent Super Glue From Drying

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Any kind of glue it's one of the principal tools of a maker, especially super glue, its fast and glues virtually everything.

But a problem common to all of the users its the glue drying up on the tip of the container, and we ended up throwing away on the trash and buying a new stick of super glue.

On this project i show you how to prevent this from happening with a simple solution and save some money.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Watch the video and see how easy it is to make this project.

Step 2: Gather the Material

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You will need for this project:

- Container with Lid

- Rice

Step 3: Get Started

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This project its really simple, just put small amount of rice on the container, any type will do, and place your super glue stick incide and close the lid.

Step 4: How It Works

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So to any type of super glue to cure you need moisture, so taking out the moisture of the equation and we have the problem solved.

An easy and cheap solution to remove moisture is using rice, rice is a natural desiccant.

Rice as an hygroscopic will absorb all of the moisture in the air taking out the chance of the glue to cure.

Is that simple, no more glue drying up and no more wasting money.

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holymoses (author)2015-07-29

Rice works, but not as good as Silica.

Look out for appropriate cat litter and you will find perfect cheap stuff for it!

al.ex (author)holymoses2017-09-07


JoyceAmbrosio (author)2015-11-04

I'll try this with the teflon tape method. Thank you.

david.lister.1671 (author)2015-03-20

I tried the rice method.

It's not for me i'm afraid. It makes the rice pudding taste strange...

you're probably not sprinkling enough super glue on it, otherwise you'd be stuck on it!

gettinchefywitit (author)2015-02-17

Silica would work. Rice does not do what you think it does. If rice absorbed moisture from the air like that then you could set it out on a humid day and it would cook. This doesnt happen and therefore this is busted as a farce. Take it from a Chef and if you dont believe me ask Alton Brown from Good Eats. He also debunks this myth

tkjtkj (author)gettinchefywitit2015-04-20

im not so sure: Personally, i've rescued 3 cellphones with the standard procedure of :

shaking out excess water with batt and case opened, then gentle blow-drier, then burying the device in a bowl of dry uncooked rice ... all phones now work fine.

I must say that 'cooking' does not equal 'removing water' .. cooking is a complex process that changes the nature of the item: protein agglutinates, sugars under go the 'Maillard Reaction' (probably misspelled) , as im sure you understand.

'Air' is merely a 'transport device' , and when it's water molecules bathe rice grains, well, yes, some MUST be absorbed .. might take a good while, but that's 'what rice does' ..

I dont question your saying silica would be better .... but my experiences suggest silica is not alone in this capacity..

Rice is a Hygroscopic substances there fore as the ability of attract water molecules from the surrounding environment.

Research made in a lad provet that rice can soak up 73 per cent of moisture in a container.

This percentage it's not much but for this job it does the trick.

Of course you can find a another desiccant with a higher percentage absorption, but rice it's a common resource found on every home than others.

Rice isn't as strongly hygroscopic as silica, but it's pretty good. It doesn't cook at ambient temperatures because the temperature required to expand the starches (and so make large scale absorption of water possible) doesn't take place until temperatures between 90-95C [] This is why it can't "kill birds by swelling" in their crops.

In addition there are other structures, which have some affinity for water.

The moderate hygroscopity of grains is why flour/water paste works. If it required heat to absorb any moisture (as you seem to be asserting) then paste wouldn't happen (and you could clean your sifter without worry by just running it under cold water).

david.lister.1671 (author)2015-03-20

Super glue starts to dry out as soon as you remove the top for the first time.

As for the top getting glued up, i never have that problem as i always squeeze the bottle to make sure the tube is clear of glue and then wipe the top so there is no glue on it when i replace the top.

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KROKKENOSTER (author)2015-03-14

I just put my superglue in the freezer but do not by=uy a tube but always a bottle as factory air is expensive in a bubble, also buy the more expensive makes as they tend to stay "alive"a lot longer than cheaper ones. If I want to know if the glue has not one bad, I just put a drop on and see if it runs like water it is okay and if it becomes "snotty"scrap it

mrandle (author)2015-02-23

Ever tried "Bondic". I used to have this superglue problem all the time and it drove me crazy untill I tried bondic which is pretty cheap and only dries under UV. Superglue is still needed when you have 2 surfaces to bond and you can't get light in unfortunately.

Erchan (author)2015-02-23

really very useful instructable, thank u.

Andsetinn (author)2015-02-19

I squeeze the bottle few times to make sure there is no glue in the hole, then I use towel to clean the tip. Lastly I put the cap on and place the bottle in the fridge to double the shelf life.

zenTaurus (author)Andsetinn2015-02-21

ditto here. though the rice will also work well. used rice before as desicant for camera lenses. also know of a case where an iPhone5 that got drenched in coffee was rescued by storing it in a box of rice grains overnight.


Kozmicblues69 (author)2015-02-21

Finally! A method to keep alive my super glue... I'm fed up of using them one time and then trow them away... cool!

oeriksson made it! (author)2015-02-14

sweet, nice and easy solution!


azrijamil (author)oeriksson2015-02-15

Isn't that to much rice? LOL

tkjtkj (author)azrijamil2015-02-15

The more rice, the more dessicating power ...

I was gonna try keeping SG in a vacuum bottle (as in 'Food Saver' device.. using a 'Ball' brand 'canning' bottle and Food Saver Inc's canning-jar lid adapter .. its a very handy device for many uses ...) but i see a possible problem IF superglue contains any volatile substances .... Any guesses ????

a.steidl (author)tkjtkj2015-02-15

Here's some info on cyanoacrylate, the active "ingredient" in pretty much all makes of super glue:

Ortzinator (author)2015-02-17

Just buy single-use bottles in bulk. Way more convenient.

antioch (author)Ortzinator2015-02-18

A huge waste of resources, sadly.

Jac60 (author)2015-02-15

I wonder if this method would keep plumber's pipe glue (cement) from drying too? That stuff never fails to dry out, & become unuseable after one use, but they never sell it in a single use can...

dfuller1 (author)Jac602015-02-18

I store my PVC and ABS glues upside down. A tiny bit of the glue dries in the cap, sealing the can and preventing the rest from drying out. Works great, they last for months that way. Don't try this with the purple primer, though. It just runs out and stains everything in the bottom of the toolbox purple. Learned that the hard way.

Jac60 (author)dfuller12015-02-18

Thanks, that makes really good sense. I'll give it a shot. Thanks!

Revolverkiller (author)2015-02-17

Rice? i would suggest using Silica Crystals. you can get them at the pet store for pretty cheap. I really hate the use of food for stuff like this.

alzie (author)2015-02-16

Hmmm, good idea, though

ive been putting all of my adhesives in the freezer.

It also slows down the evaporation of solvent based ones.

elic (author)2015-02-16

Nice patent. I put the super glue in the refrigerator, where is no moisture.

elic (author)2015-02-16

Nice patent. I put the super glue in the refrigerator, where is no moisture.

Brewdawg (author)2015-02-16

Good advice and this makes sense as it's the water vapor that will cure cyanoacrylate adhesive. I prefer to store mine in the refrigerator since it cures slower and I can control the application better.

PhilKE3FL (author)2015-02-16

Well done, but if you buy it in small aluminum dispensers I've found that simply squeezing from the
bottom to the top and removing all the air (& thus the moisture as
well) does the trick. Can't do that if you're using it from a plastic
bottle, this method should do the trick, thanks!

PhilKE3FL (author)2015-02-16

Well done, but if you buy it in small aluminum dispensers I've found that simply squeezing from the
bottom to the top and removing all the air (& thus the moisture as
well) does the trick. Can't do that if you're using it from a plastic
bottle, this method should do the trick, thanks!

vermilk (author)2015-02-16

Fridge or jar of rice - I will definitely be doing this in the future! I'm thinking Ziploc bag with some rice in order to take up even less space.

doo da do (author)2015-02-14

Would probably work for wet cell phone

I told countless numbers of customers who dumped their phone in the river while canoeing this exact thing, and yes, it does work.

Place your phone in a condombefore you go kayaking the rapids. Girls in prison use this technique, and they can still contact their friends outside.

taur561 (author)nehmo2015-02-16

you mean they bottle it up ... There ????. Imagine if it starts to ring while hidden ..

korina122 (author)doo da do2015-02-15

yes it will , even with desk tops

krummrey (author)2015-02-16

Such an easy fix. Have to try it.
Would be so easy for the manufacturers to build an enclosure with silica gel.. But then they'd sell less. What a waste.

Thanks for sharing.

carbonunit6 (author)2015-02-15

I build Models, all sorts and all kinds....I'm very well versed in
'cyanoacrylate adhesives', aka, super-glues, Hot-Stuff, or simply put in
the hobby world as CA. I know you are not going to believe this but I
have 4 different bottles of CA of different viscosity and I keep ALL of
them in the FRIDGE.....the oldest little bottle has been in my
fridge.......ok are you ready for this........10 years folks! That is all I
need to say. Good-luck.

DumisaniC1 (author)carbonunit62015-02-15

I agree with you. The fridge works for me too!

enivels11962 (author)2015-02-15

A long time ago, when rice was the answer to the sticky salt problem, I
heard that cooked/dried rice was a more effective desiccant than raw
rice. Your results may vary. Others mentioned silica which is used in
packaging various products from drugs to whatever is a dependable
desiccant. Renewing silica can be done in a low temp oven. In any case I never thought this might be the preventative to solidified super glue. Much appreciated!

bobwojo (author)enivels119622015-02-15

Use 'instant' rice perhaps.

haunj (author)2015-02-15

Simpler than this. Put it in the refrigerator. Got a bottle that has been in there for 3 years now, and I used it last week.

dgateley (author)haunj2015-02-15

Even better if you're a miser: do both but make it the freezer. Be sure to let it warm to room temp before opening to prevent condensation which can defeat the purpose when resealing it.

This also works for Sugru which is water vapor cured.

techlv (author)2015-02-15

I do that with reusable silica gel that changes color when it's moist.

a.steidl (author)techlv2015-02-15

Did you know that you can bake the silica gel when it's moist, in your oven, till it's dry, and re-use it. I wouldn't use a high temperature, as I wouldn't want to risk igniting the fiber packets, or melt the silica (never tried that, is it possible?). I think baking at about 250°F (about 121°C, or about 394 Kelvin) for one-half to one hour would suffice to dry it out.

techlv (author)a.steidl2015-02-15

Yes. In fact, the silica gel that I bought comes in a plastic box with a few slots to let it dry under the sun or in a microwave.

tkjtkj (author)2015-02-15

nice discovery!

and could this mean that the various 'super glue accelerators' are merely water??

I'll try that .. i'll wet one side of a piece of wood, but superglue on other ... Accelerators claim they harden the glue within 5 minutes .. We shall see!!

RESULT! It worked!! Am trying to get a photo taken 6 minutes after unclamping the wood, having applied a few thin lines of Gorilla Super Glue to one side of about 1.5" of a flat stick, and water to 1.5" of the second strip. Clamped lightly for exactly 5 minutes ..

and pic should show the sticks suspended between to make-shift supports and a multi-meter serving as weight ... I'm frankly amazed ...

The pic on left is related to 'slide slippage' of the bond .. and that in center: related to

tensile strength ...roughly. The 3rd pic taken about 15 mins into the experiment, showing

a half liter of cooking oil in a bottle securely supported by the test lap-joint.

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