What is a good substitute for super glue?

Are you tired of always grabbing for the super glue when you need to fix something? Are your fingers stuck together once again, leaving you feeling like a kindergarten student who can’t keep their hands out of the paste jar? Fear not, my friend, because there are plenty of substitutes for this sticky solution that won’t leave you feeling frustrated and covered in adhesive. Let’s explore some options.

The Problem with Super Glue

Before diving into possible alternatives to super glue, it’s important to understand why someone might be looking for a substitute in the first place. While super glue can certainly come in handy when fixing small items around the house or office, it does have its downsides.

It’s Too Permanent

One issue with super glue is its permanent nature. Once applied and dried, it’s very difficult (if not impossible) to remove without damaging whatever surface it was attached to. This makes it less than ideal for fixes that may require adjustment or removal down the line.

It Can Be Dangerous

Another drawback of using standard-issue super glue is that if not used carefully and correctly, it can pose health risks. Because cyanoacrylate (the main ingredient in most forms of household adhesives marketed as “super glues”) bonds skin instantly upon contact by creating an exothermic chemical reaction between water vapor on surfaces and itself (or so I hear – definitely don’t try this at home).

Alternatives to Consider

Fortunately, there are many other products on the market that serve similar purposes as traditional super glue but offer different benefits depending on what type of project you’re working on or how long-lasting the bond needs to be.

Epoxy Resin

Often sold in two-part kits consisting of resin and hardener materials mixed together immediately prior application (just make sure they match) epoxy resins create strong, long-lasting bonds that are suitable for things like metal, glass, ceramics and plastics. It’s water-resistant and heat-tolerant as well.

Duct Tape

Beloved by MacGyver types the world over, duct tape is a versatile option that can work in many situations calling for adhesion between two surfaces (and some things they probably shouldn’t). Its strength depends on how much of it you apply, so adjust accordingly! Plus: comes in fun colors!

Rubber Cement

Rubber cement is a more temporary option which makes it great for items where you may need to make adjustments or reposition before making the bond permanent. Make sure not to go crazy with application though – an super thick layer can take days to cure fully (whoops!).

White Glue

A favorite of elementary school classrooms everywhere, white glue (such as Elmer’s) has proven capable of doing everything from holding paper crafts together to reinforcing heavier objects during sewing projects.

When All Else Fails…

Sometimes a project calls for something outside-the-box when standard adhesive solutions just aren’t cutting it. Here are some uncommon alternatives:

Sugru Moldable Glue

This moldable glue starts off pliable like Play-Doh but dries into sturdy silicone rubber after 24 hours; Sugru’s here to save you whether you need mending or renovating – literally perfect product doesn’t exi..


Yes, toothpaste! In fact applying plain old toothpaste onto broken nails works pretty much as good if not better than superglue – first myth confirmed! The only downside: minty fresh scent won’t win any points with folks around.

To Sum Up:

While every type of adhesive solution offers different benefits depending on what kind of job needs done there’s always options out there that’ll keep your hands free from each other and objects stuck together (or not stuck together – whatever the case may be). Whether it’s epoxy resin strong enough bonding metals or temporary rubber cement perfect for making those adjustments and still being able to make changes. Remember, you’re in charge here – just find what works best for you!

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