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

You will need for this project:

- Container with Lid

- Rice

Step 3: Get Started

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

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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82 Discussions


3 years ago on Introduction

Rice works, but not as good as Silica.

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

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3 years ago

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


4 years ago

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

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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).

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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4 years ago on Introduction

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


4 years ago on Introduction

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.


4 years ago on Introduction

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.

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Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

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.



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


4 years ago on Introduction

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...

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Reply 4 years ago

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.