How to Remove Sticky Trap Glue from Clothing with These 6 Simple Ways

Sticky trap glue is a common household adhesive. It’s used to catch insects and other pests, but it can also be found on clothing as a result of contact with the sticky surfaces of doors, window screens, and other objects. If you’ve accidentally gotten trap glue on your clothing, don’t panic. It’s not permanent, so you can get rid of that sticky trap glue with some simple cleaning techniques.

If you’re looking for ways to get sticky trap glue from clothing, skin, floor, carpet, blanket, and shoes, continue reading this article.

How to Remove Sticky Trap Glue from Clothing

Traps can be great for catching rodents, but they can also leave a sticky mess behind on your clothing. If you’re trying to remove sticky trap glue from clothing, there are a few options available to you.

Soap and water

Soap and water can help soften the glue on a sticky trap so that it can be peeled off easily. 

  1. Use dish soap or laundry detergent, but avoid using harsher chemicals such as bleach or ammonia, which could stain your clothing or irritate your skin if they come into contact with it. 
  2. Soak the stuck area in warm water for 10 minutes.
  3. Then use an old toothbrush or scrub brush to loosen the glue. Rinse with cold water, then repeat if necessary until all of the glue has been removed from your clothing.

Use WD-40 to remove sticky trap glue

The most common way to remove sticky trap glue from clothing is with WD-40. You should spray it directly on the glue, rather than on the shirt or pants because you want to avoid getting any oil on your clothes.

The best thing about using WD-40 to remove sticky trap glue from clothing is that it won’t leave behind any residue or stains.

Solvent (Nail Polish Remover)

The best way to remove sticky trap glue from clothing is by using a solvent, such as acetone (nail polish remover). Follow these steps:

  1. Lay the garment on a flat surface.
  2. Apply a small amount of solvent to the stain and allow it to soak in for one minute.
  3. Use a clean, white cloth to blot up some of the solutions. Continue blotting until you have removed as much of the adhesive as possible. Do not rub or scrub at the stain because this could spread over a larger area.
  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until all of the adhesives have been removed from the garment. 


If you have time, placing the article of clothing in your freezer will cause the glue to harden and become brittle. When it’s frozen solid, use a butter knife or scraper to remove as much of the glue as possible.

If there are still some small pieces sticking on your clothes, simply run them under cold water until they fall off.

Use Vinegar

Vinegar is great at removing many different types of stains from clothes, including sticky trap glue. Apply vinegar directly to the glue using a paper towel or sponge, then let it soak for 15 minutes before washing as usual (make sure you’re not wearing any white clothing).

Vegetable Oil

If you don’t have any vinegar on hand but do have some vegetable oil in your pantry, try using that instead! Just pour a little bit onto the affected area and rub gently, then repeat until all traces of glue have been removed from the fabric.

How to Remove Sticky Mouse Trap Glue from Skin

If you have accidentally stuck your hand into a mouse trap, don’t panic. Removing the glue is an easy process that will get it off in no time. Here are a few tips on how to remove sticky mouse trap glue from the skin:

  1. Pull the trap away from the skin.
  2. Dab the glue that remains on the skin or hair with vegetable oil, mineral oil, baby oil, or smooth peanut butter. You can also use olive oil but it may stain your clothing. 
  3. Allow a few minutes for vegetable oil or mineral oil to work 
  4. Use a dry cloth on the affected area to rub away any remaining glue residue.
  5. Using a dry cloth, rub the affected trap glue area to remove the softened glue. 
  6. If necessary, you can also use warm water and soap to rinse away any residual sticky substance from your skin or hair.

How to Remove Sticky Mouse Trap Glue from Carpet

There are many reasons why you might find yourself with a sticky mouse trap stuck to your carpet. Maybe you’re trying to catch a mouse, or maybe you’re just cleaning up after a party. Regardless of the reason, the best way to remove it is by applying vinegar and scrubbing gently.

Apply vinegar. Pour some white vinegar directly onto the carpet where the trap has been glued down. Allow it to sit for a few moments so that it can begin breaking down the glue.

Scrub gently. Use a soft brush to scrub the glue area to remove away any excess glue that remains on your carpet.

Repeat as necessary until all glue is removed from your carpeting and padding underneath. If you notice that some glue remains after using this method, try using a stronger solvent such as nail polish remover or acetone instead of vinegar next time around.

How to Remove Fly Paper Glue from Clothing

Flypaper glue is sticky and very difficult to remove from clothing. You need to be patient, but the results are worth it.

If you are concerned about getting the sticky substance on your clothing, here are some ways to remove fly paper glue from clothing:

  1. Wash the garment with warm water and mild laundry detergent. Allow the mixed solution to soak for at least 30 minutes before rinsing.
  2. Use rubbing alcohol or acetone nail polish remover on a clean cloth or sponge and rub gently until all the glue is gone, then rinse with cold water and hang up to dry.

How to Remove Sticky Trap Glue from Dog Fur

Removing sticky trap glue from fur is a messy and frustrating task. However, there are a few things you can try that might help.

  1. The first thing to do is to attempt to remove as much of the glue as possible with your fingers or tweezers. 
  2. Put on rubber gloves and use warm water and dishwashing liquid to get the rest off. 
  3. You’ll need to rinse the affected area thoroughly with cool water afterward to prevent skin irritation or rashes from developing. 
  4. If you have access to acetone (or nail polish remover), apply it directly onto the fur and allow it to sit for several seconds before gently pulling the fur away from the glue. 
  5. If this doesn’t work, try adding some cornstarch or talcum powder to your dog’s coat before spraying with a light layer of hairspray or detangler this will help absorb some of the moisture in the fur so that it can be pulled off more easily by hand.

How to Remove Sticky Mouse Trap Glue from the Floor

Rubbing alcohol and vinegar can help remove glue from your floor. 

  1. First, you’ll want to pour the rubbing alcohol over the area where the mouse trap was placed. After ten minutes or so, you should use a scrub brush to gently scrub away any remaining glue or fur trapped in the adhesive. 
  2. Next, pour some vinegar onto a clean rag or paper towel and blot it over the area until all of the adhesives are gone. 
  3. If there’s still some residue left on your floor but no more fur or other debris, then you should try using a mixture of water and soap instead of vinegar and rubbing alcohol. This will help get rid of any remaining gunk without leaving behind an odor as vinegar does.

How to Remove Sticky Mouse Trap Glue from Shoes

The best way to remove mouse trap glue from shoes is by scraping off as much as possible with a dull knife or spoon and then soaking the shoe in warm water for 30 minutes or longer (if necessary).

After soaking, use a butter knife or other thin tool and scrape again until all of the sticky substance has been removed.

How to Remove Ant Trap Glue

Ant traps are used to attract and kill ants. The bait inside the trap attracts the ants, and when they try to take it out of the trap, they get stuck. You can purchase ant traps at most hardware stores or online. Here’s how to remove ant trap glue from your skin:

  1. Remove any clothing that is stuck on your skin with glue.
  2. Wash your skin with warm water and soap or an antibacterial hand cleaner.
  3. Rinse well with warm water after washing with soap or hand cleaner.
  4. Apply a small amount of hand lotion or petroleum jelly to moisturize dry skin and help prevent infection if your skin was irritated by the glue.

How to Remove Mouse Trap Glue from Blanket

This is a guide about removing mouse trap glue from fabric. In the past, I have tried numerous methods of removing this sticky mess from my blankets, but none of them have worked very well.

The following method works well for me:

  1. Place a clean cloth over the glue and gently press down on it with your hand. This will start to break up the glue and make it easier to remove.
  2. Spray hairspray onto the cloth and let it soak in for several minutes. If you don’t have any hairspray handy, use rubbing alcohol or WD-40 instead. Either one will work equally well in this situation.
  3. Continue pressing down on the cloth until all of it has been removed from your blanket.
1 comment
  1. Nail solvent is a terrible idea. It will discolor most materials. I removed the glue with mineral oil and Lestoil.

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