With your outfit on, makeup done, and your hair extensions freshly glued in, you go to look at yourself in the mirror. You look great, but when you look back, you have hair glue stuck to your clothes. If you’re wondering how to get this pesky glue out of your favorite outfit, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll explore 5 super easy ways to safely remove hair glue from your clothes. Read on to find out how!
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- Brush and scrape away the gum from the hair with a toothbrush dipped in white vinegar and water.
- As an alternative, soak up hair glue using a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. Then, pry off the glue with a butter knife.
- After removing the glue, machine wash your clothes and hang them to air dry.
- Mix 1 cup (236 mL) of warm water with 1 cup (236 mL) of white vinegar. Pour water in a bowl and heat it in the microwave for 1 minute so that the water becomes nice and hot. Then, whisking the 2 ingredients together, pour in the white vinegar.
- Dip a toothbrush into the mixture and brush off the gum. Soak a toothbrush in the vinegar solution and apply it to the dried gum spots. Use the bristles and the back of a toothbrush to scrape off the glue to help dissolve it. Keep reapplying the mixture to the area until the glue is gone.
- Don’t be afraid to apply some pressure! Depending on how much glue is on your clothing, it may take several minutes to come off.
- Use your hands along with a toothbrush to pull and remove the dried gum.
- If your hair is too set in glue, add a few drops of dish soap to the vinegar mixture. Dish soap also helps soften glue and remove stains.
- Wash your clothes on the warm cycle of the washing machine. To remove the vinegar solution and any remaining glue stains from your clothes, throw them in the washer. Then, hang your clothes to air dry completely.
- If glue stains remain after you remove the glue, rub some laundry detergent directly onto the stain before washing your clothes.
- Air-drying helps you see if any glue residue or stains remain after washing. If you have residual glue or stains, follow the steps above to remove them.
- Using the dryer can allow any remaining glue to set and cure itself to your clothing.
- Apply a few drops of rubbing alcohol to a different area of your clothing. Do a patch test before using rubbing alcohol all over the glue. Find a piece of your clothing that will hide the stain well, such as the inside hem, and put a few drops of rubbing alcohol on it. Wait for it to dry and see if there is any discoloration.
- If you notice any discoloration, switch to a different method for getting the glue out of your clothing.
- Soak cotton in rubbing alcohol and press on the glue for 1 minute. To help loosen and dissolve the dried glue, coat a cotton ball or clean rag with rubbing alcohol. Then, press the cotton ball onto the stain for 1 minute.
- You can use acetone instead of rubbing alcohol if you prefer. Do a patch test on your clothing before applying acetone to the glue.
- Re-saturate the cotton ball and dab on the glue. Soak a new cotton ball in rubbing alcohol. Then, blot the cotton ball onto the glue, dabbing over and around it to further loosen the glue.
- Remove the gum with a butter knife, alternating with more dabs of alcohol. Using a blunt butter knife or spoon, carefully peel the gum off your clothing. If the glue doesn’t feel soft enough to come off, dab a few more with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. Then, keep scraping it with a knife.
- Wash your clothes with water and put them in the washing machine. Once the glue is out of your clothes, wash them under cold water to remove the rubbing alcohol and glue residue. Then, put your clothes in your washing machine using your machine’s warm cycle. Allow your clothes to air dry completely before wearing them again.
- Mix ½ cup (118 mL) baking soda with ¼ cup (59 mL) coconut oil. Put baking soda and coconut oil in a bowl. Mix the ingredients until you have a smooth, paste-like consistency.
- If your coconut oil is too hard to mix, pop it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds to soften it.
- Rub the baking soda solution into the dried glue. Take a piece of the mixture and apply it on top of the dried glue. With your hands, apply the mixture to the glue. You should feel the bits of glue coming off as you massage the cloth.
- If you don’t want to use your hands, scrape off the glue with a butter knife or spoon.
- Launder your clothes with hot water and dish soap. Because you’re using the oil on your clothes, you’ll need some dish soap to get it off. In a bowl, heat 1 cup (236 mL) of water in the microwave. Squeeze in several drops of dish soap and swish it around to get the water nice and soapy. Simply dampen a clean cloth with soapy water and pat the baking soda-oil mixture out of your clothing.
- If your hair glue spots aren’t very large in the first place, soaking them in warm, soapy water may be enough to loosen the glue so you can pull it off with your hands.
- Wash your clothes using the warm setting on the washing machine. To get your clothes back to their former glory, put them in the washing machine and wash them on the hot water cycle. Then, take them out of the washer and allow them to air dry completely.
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- Put a handful of ice cubes in a plastic bag and place it on top of the glue. A super easy way is to use ice to solidify dried glue so it’s solid enough to pull off. Simply get out a plastic storage bag and put a handful of ice cubes in it. Then, let it set on dry hair glue for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Alternatively, if your piece of fabric is small enough, put it directly in the freezer. It also solidifies the glue so it comes off immediately. Simply wrap your clothes in a plastic storage bag and put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
- Peel off the glue with your hands. Once the glue solidifies and hardens, simply peel it off with your fingers. If it’s still a bit stuck to your clothes, simply hold the bag of ice over the spot for a minute or two.
- Apply stain remover to the glue stain. When you use ice to remove glue from hair, you’ll probably be left with some glue stains. Simply rub a little stain remover or some laundry detergent into the stain and let it sit for several minutes to lift the stain.
- Wash your clothes in hot water in the washing machine. To completely remove hair glue stains, put your clothes in the washer and wash them using the hottest setting on your machine. Then, allow your clothes to air dry completely instead of putting them in the dryer.
- Apply a small dollop of glue remover to the dried glue. If the more natural solution isn’t working for you, there are actually a number of products that are made specifically to remove gum! Choose one, such as Goo Gone, and squeeze it over each spot of glue on your clothing.
- Let the remover soak in for 5 minutes, then scrape it off with a spoon. As the glue remover soaks into your clothing, it loosens and dissolves the glue. Let it sit and soften the hair glue for about 5 minutes. Then, using just the edge of a spoon, gently scrape off the glue and any remaining remover.
- Wash your clothes on the warm setting of the washing machine. When all the glue and remover is out of your clothes, put them in your washing machine. Simply wash them on the hot cycle of your machine and hang to air dry.
[Edit]Things you’ll need
- white vinegar
- dish soap, optional
- Washing Soap
- rubbing alcohol or acetone
- cotton balls or pads
- butter knife or spoon
- Washing Soap
- baking soda
- coconut oil
- butter knife or spoon, optional
- dish soap
- Washing Soap
[Edit]Pieces of ice
- plastic storage bags
- Pieces of ice
- stain remover
- Washing Soap
- glue remover, such as Goo Gone
- Washing Soap