18 Unconventional Uses for Super Glue

Updated: Sep. 15, 2023

You already use super glue when your child's favorite toy cracks, or for a quick repair to a broken living room decoration. However, super glue can come in handy for several other types of repairs. Here are 15 uses for super glue you've never tried, but definitely should.

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Protect Fingers

If you’re working on a project that is tearing up the skin on your fingertips, reach for some super glue. Just add a thin layer, allow it to dry and you’ll have a hard barrier to prevent cuts and tears. When you’re done with the project you can quickly remove the glue from your fingers with nail polish remover.

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Fix Handles

Next time the handle slides off your screwdriver or yard rake, try fixing the issue with some super glue. Just place some around the end of the tool and slide the handle back on to let it dry.

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Help with Woodworking

Trying to screw two pieces of wood together when you’re working by yourself can be a challenge. So try using super glue to secure the wood long enough so you can easily screw or hammer them together.

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Shoe Repairs

Is the sole of your favorite work boots starting to tear away? Use some super glue to repair wear and tear on your boots and shoes.

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Remove Super Glue with Sandpaper

Grab a piece of sandpaper to remove excess super glue from a material or from wood. Just watch out for the grit and how much glue you really need to remove, since you don’t want to strip the paint off of something at the same time.

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Close Cuts and Scratches

Keep a tube of super glue in your first aid kit to help seal cuts and wounds. Be sure to disinfect the area first, then apply a thin layer of glue. Hold the wound closed until the glue dries. For more serious injuries, skip the super glue and head to the emergency room.

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Fix Dishes

Next time you open the dishwasher and find a cracked plate or bowl, try using some dishwasher-safe super glue to piece it back together. It won’t look perfect, but it will be functional until you’re able to replace it.

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Worm Blower Glue Injector

Reader P. J. Mullanney has a novel use for a Worm Blower (a small plastic bottle with a syringe tip used to inflate an earthworm so it floats and attracts fish). Use a Worm Blower to inject glue when repairing splits and cracks in projects. The air-powered needle tip shoots glue deep into the crack for a long-lasting repair. Just be sure to clean the glue from the syringe tip by squirting hot water through it when you’re finished.

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Seal a Hose

Is your garden hose leaking or starting to split? Just use some super glue to seal the crack or hole.

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Repair a Tent

The last thing you want when camping is a leaking tent. Before you head out into the woods, check your tent for any small tears and use super glue to patch them up and prevent the holes from getting bigger. You’ll need another piece of fabric or a piece of a heavy-duty tarp to make a patch. Next, use your super glue and patch to repair the tears and holes in your tent. Just make sure you don’t glue the tent sides together. To prevent this, set up the tent and then do the repairs.

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Fix Some Accessories

You can use super glue to fix your child’s hair clips, a broken pair of sunglasses or even a broken necklace or pair of earrings. Try keeping a small tube in your vacation bag so you don’t get stuck without your favorite accessory while traveling.

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Repair Fraying Cords

If your phone charger cord is starting to fray, you can extend its life a little by using super glue to stop the fraying. Super glue can also be used to stop fraying on the end of rope.

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Fix a Fingernail

You’re working in the shop when you break or crack a nail. Next time this happens, use some super glue to repair the crack, then once it’s dry, use a file to smooth it out. 

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Spread Super Glue with a Toothbrush

Old toothbrushes are great for gluing and avoiding a mess. When your toothbrush wears out, put it back into service as a glue spreader and there will be no more spreading glue with fingers or chips of wood. The soft but not mushy bristles of an old toothbrush apply glue evenly and quickly. One swipe along the edge usually does the trick, coating the surface smoothly and evenly. Store the brush in a glass of water.

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Keep Shower Items in Place

Does your shower caddy slip off its hook? Super glue is waterproof once dry, so use it to keep your shower caddy or a shower hook in place. You can also use it for a quick tile repair if needed.

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In Place of Duct Tape

You know duct tape comes in handy for small repairs and quick fixes. If you run out of duct tape, try super glue in its place, as many of their uses can overlap.

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Attach Small Pieces with Super Glue

Of course, you reach for super glue (cyanoacrylate glue, or CA glue) to fix a broken teacup handle. But did you know that it works on wood, too? In fact, super glue is really handy for attaching small trim pieces that would be hard to clamp. Just put three or four drops onto the parts and stick them together. We like the gel version of the CA glue because it doesn’t run off and make a mess.

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Minor Car Repairs

Next time you find a small tear in your car’s upholstery, use a little super glue to keep the rip from opening more. You can also use super glue to repair disconnected mirrors or patch cracked lights. Check out these 100 car maintenance tasks you can do on your own.