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14 Wacky Uses for Elmer’s® Glue-All®

  1. Remove a splinter. Coat the splinter with a drop of Elmer’s Glue-All, wait for it to dry, then peel off the dried glue. The splinter will stick to the dried glue.
  2. Remove blackheads and exfoliate your skin. Rather than using Bioré strips to remove oil and blackheads, use your fingers or a 1-inch paintbrush to coat your face with a thin layer of Elmer’s Glue-All (avoiding your eyes, of course). Wait for the glue to dry (approximately 20 minutes), then gently peel it off, exfoliating a thin layer of skin and removing blackheads. Elmer’s Glue-All is water soluble, so you can always wash it off with warm water should it stick your eyebrows. Your skin will feel baby smooth.
  3. Mousse your hair. All out of styling gel? Pour a dollop of Elmer’s Glue-All in the cupped palm your hands, rub your hands together, and comb you fingers through your hair to apply the glue evenly to your hair. Comb your hair with the fine teeth of the comb to remove the excess glue. Style your hair to your liking and let the glue dry. This technique works particularly well for spiking hair. (Elmer’s Glue-All is water soluble and washes out of hair with regular shampoo.)
  4. Remove a wart. Cover the wart with Elmer’s Glue-All, let dry (usually takes about twenty minutes), then peel the dried glue from the skin. Repeat two or three times a day until the wart disappears from the skin peels.
  5. Seal plants. Gardeners use Elmer’s Glue-All to seal ends of pruned stems and branches against insects and excessive moisture loss.
  6. Prevent broken shoelaces from fraying. Dip the ends into Elmer’s Glue-All and let dry.
  7. Reinforce buttons on shirts. Rub a drop of Elmer’s Glue-All on the thread around each button and let dry. The glue helps stop the thread from unraveling and the buttons from falling off.
  8. Reattach a loose knob on a drawer or cabinet. Dip the end of a toothpick in Elmer’s Glue-All, insert the toothpick into the screw hole (making the hole narrower), carefully use a single-edge razor blade to slice the exposed end of the toothpick flush with side of the furniture, and reattach the knob.
  9. Fix small holes in walls. If you’re all out of plaster of Paris to fill a nail hole left in the wall, mix a paste from Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and Elmer’s Glue-All, and patch away.
  10. Make moldable dough that dries without baking. Mix equal parts Elmer’s Glue-All, flour, and cornstarch. Mix and knead well until blended. If too dry, add more glue. If too moist, add more flour and cornstarch. Food coloring may be added if desired. Dough can be molded into any desired shape to create animals, figurines, ornaments, and jewelry. Dough keeps for weeks in a Ziploc Storage Bag.
  11. Tighten a screw hole. When a screw hole is too worn out to hold a screw, soak a cotton ball in Elmer’s Glue-All, stuff it into the hole, and let dry for 24 hours. Use a screwdriver to put a new screw into the spot.
  12. Make a starch fabric stiffener. Mix water and Elmer’s Glue-All in a bowl to desired consistency. Fabric dipped in the mixture can be shaped and dried in decorative forms and shapes.
  13. Sew a badge on a Scout uniform. To hold a scouting badge in place to sew it on a uniform, glue the badge onto the fabric with Elmer’s Glue-All, and place a heavy book on top of the badge until it dries. Then sew on the badge. The glue will come off in the wash.
  14. Teach young children how to write their name. Use crayon to write the child’s name on a piece of paper, then trace over the letters using Elmer’s Glue-All. When the glue dries, children can use their fingers to trace along the tactile letters of their names, making it easier to understand the shapes of the letters.
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