How to Remove Glue Stains from Clothes

For getting everything to stick together, glue has its uses, but one of them should not be staining your clothes. It’s not a lost cause if you accidentally get glue on your clothes if you try out these tricks to remove glue stains with a little help from Tide. First, consult the glue packaging for any specific removal instructions. If there are no instructions, follow the steps below.

A person removing excess stain from a white shirt with a toothbrush
Step 1

Remove Excess

Scrape off any excess from the garment with a fork or a butter knife, being careful not to tear the fabric.

Step 1

Remove Excess

Scrape off any excess from the garment with a fork or a butter knife, being careful not to tear the fabric.

A person pretreating a denim jacket with Tide liquid laundry detergent and water
Step 2

Soak

Soak the garment in cold water for 5 minutes, then remove any glue that has loosened. Repeat this step until no additional glue can be removed.

Step 2

Soak

Soak the garment in cold water for 5 minutes, then remove any glue that has loosened. Repeat this step until no additional glue can be removed.

A person pouring Tide liquid detergent into the detergent dispenser
Step 3

Dose

Use the cap to ensure you use the right amount of Tide Ultra Stain Release Liquid detergent, and pour it into the detergent dispenser if you have an HE machine, or directly into the drum before loading the clothes if you have a non-HE machine.

Step 3

Dose

Use the cap to ensure you use the right amount of Tide Ultra Stain Release Liquid detergent, and pour it into the detergent dispenser if you have an HE machine, or directly into the drum before loading the clothes if you have a non-HE machine.

Select the wash cycle and water temperature on your washing machine
Step 4

Wash

Place the garment into the washer with other items. Wash on the usual cycle, on the hottest wash temperature indicated. Always check the instructions on the garment’s care label.

Step 4

Wash

Place the garment into the washer with other items. Wash on the usual cycle, on the hottest wash temperature indicated. Always check the instructions on the garment’s care label.

A person loading white clothes into the washing machine drum
Step 5

Unload

When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

If the stain remains, repeat steps 2-5 before drying.

Step 5

Unload

When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

If the stain remains, repeat steps 2-5 before drying.