How to Remove Glue From Your Clothing

on Jul 26, 2018

It can be tough to remove glue from your clothing. Especially from your kids’ clothing or after a messy arts and crafts activity. But with a few tips and tricks, you should be able to remove the glue stains with confidence and ease.

Before using any of the following methods be sure to check the label on your garments to make sure the method will be suitable and effective. You should also conduct a small test on the garment to ensure that no damage will occur. Once you’ve done that, you can start to remove the glue from your clothing.

It’s important to note that different brands of glue use different ingredients. So if the following methods don’t work, try contacting the company individually or searching their website for any helpful information.

Animal & Fish-Based Glue Stains

Many of the glues that are used in wood crafting are animal or fished-based glues. You can always check the label for animal-related ingredients such as gelatin just to be sure. 

What you’ll need: 

How to remove it:

Soak clothing in a bowl of cold water for at least 15 minutes before throwing the item into the washing machine. Wash on a gentle cycle with cold water using Persil liquid detergent.

PVA Glue Stains

PVA glue stains happen easily when you have kids around. This is your basic white Elmer’s glue. PVA glue is the most common type of glue stain.

What you’ll need: 

How to remove it:

The first thing you want to do is remove any access glue that has hardened on the surface. Then rub some liquid Persil on the stain and soak your glue-stained garment in a basin or bowl of cold water for 15-30 minutes. After that, you can throw it in the washing machine using cold water (hot water will press the stain further into the fabric) and Persil.

Superglue Stains

Superglue stains are the most difficult glue stain to remove from your clothing. In order to remove superglue effectively, you should begin working on the stain immediately. Superglue is one of the stronger adhesives. 

What you’ll need: 

How to remove it:

Just as you would do with any other type of glue stain you’ll want to begin by soaking the stained fabric in a bowl of cold water. Add Persil to stubborn stains. Then you can throw it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle using cold water.


After reading this article you should be able to successfully remove glue from your clothing. If these tips helped you, share this article with your friends and family. And be sure to check back often for more fun and effective cleaning tips!

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