We’ve all been there; one careless movement while doing the dishes, and suddenly you watch in horror as your favorite mug – or your only mug – breaks into chunks in the sink. The only thing you have is a tube of Super Glue. Will it work, though? And is it safe to use on a mug?
If the Super Glue contains cyanoacrylate, you should not use it to fix your mug. Cyanoacrylate is an ingredient in most Super Glues and is a toxic substance and therefore not food safe. If the cup is used for decorative purposes, Super Glue is a great option to consider.
Let’s go through the ins and outs, the dos and don’ts of choosing the best Super Glue to fix your mug – and the ones best steer clear from.
Super Glue, invented in 1942, is a fast-acting, long-lasting adhesive used to fix everything from ceramics to toys and even shoes. But is it food safe? Will it hold? Will you still be able to drink your coffee from the mug and what if you have a dishwasher?
When choosing Glue, make sure you have the best product for the type of material and its intended use. While it may seem that any glue would work for the job, there are a few things you should consider before applying glue to kitchenware, for instance:
- What materials are you trying to glue together?
- Will this item be used to hold foods or liquid?
- Is the glue heat and water-resistant?
- What are the ingredients of the glue?
Super Glue is fantastic and can be used to fix just about anything, but there are some hidden dangers. Most Super Glues contain cyanoacrylate, a potent chemical responsible for the fast-bonding characteristic of Glue. It is, in fact, a toxic chemical that can cause significant injury and illness when ingested or gets into contact with the skin.
Cyanoacrylate is not a food-safe glue, which means we should not use it on any items holding food and liquids because of possible chemical leakage. Superglues that contain cyanoacrylate are not FDA approved for use on kitchen items due to the toxicity of the adhesive. When choosing Super Glue, always look at the ingredient list and select a glue that does not contain cyanoacrylate.
Cyanoacrylate can cause the following symptoms when ingested or if it gets onto your skin:
- Skin irritations
- Nose and eye irritation from glue vapors
- Asthma-like symptoms
- Flu-like symptoms
Avoid using Super Glue with cyanoacrylate on any kitchenware items that you routinely place in the diswahser or microwave.
So your mug is still broken, and you need a strong glue that is food-safe and heat and water-resistant. What options are available?
Many adhesives available on the market will do the same job as the next but are far safer than a regular, store-bought Super Glue. Here are some of the leading brands you can find at your local grocery store or market for just about any gluing job.
- Gorilla Glue is a popular glue known for its long-lasting hold. Available in various types for all your gluing needs, there is a product for every fix.
- Loctite should be on your hardware essentials list. It can be used for absolutely anything and is available in various tubes and tubs for any gluing task.
- Elmer’s Glue is popular in schools because it is safe, non-toxic, and known to last.
- Epoxy resin comprises two parts – a resin and a hardener. When combined, it forms a hard, heat, and water-resistant seal that is excellent for use on ceramics, porcelain, glass, and more.
- Hot glue from a glue gun is loved by crafters, teachers, and moms across the globe. A glue gun should be a staple in any home to glue your children’s art products or for those pesky electrical cords that pose a risk of tripping and falling. Using hot glue can be tricky, so be sure to follow our safe gluing tips in the next section of this article.
Safe Glueing Tips That You Should Follow
Using Glue can be a messy business. Product leakage and spills are common errors and can cause potential health hazards. With a limited time before the product dries, extreme care has to be used to prevent a gluing disaster. Let’s explore some tips for using glue.
1. Research the suitable Glue for the job; as mentioned before, Super Glue is a fantastic fix-all product used on most materials. However, not all glues will last. Read some consumer reviews before you decide on a product.
2. Prepare your surface or workspace; working with Glue can be super messy. Cover your workspace or surface with a piece of paper, cloth, or even a plastic shopping bag; this avoids nasty spills or damage to your furniture and surfaces.
3. Protect your hands; Super Glue is fast-acting, often with a drying time of mere seconds; This is terrible news for your hands should the goop leak onto them. Wear gloves to protect your skin from any drips, as well as from the possible skin irritation that glue spills can cause.
4. Follow instructions carefully; directions and usage instructions are there for a reason. Reading the directions printed on glue packaging is important to ensure you are using the product correctly. So often, grab a tube of Glue, apply it to whatever we are trying to fix, and hope for the best.
5. Always allow for curing time; while Super Glue is fast-acting, other adhesives like hot glue from a gun and epoxy resins have a longer curing time. Stick to the drying time recommended on the packaging to ensure that the Glue sets properly.
Now that you know more about the dangers of using glues that contain cyanoacrylates, as well as the importance of practicing safe gluing procedures, you are ready to tackle your mug repair armed with valuable tips and advice. Contact your health services provider for treatment and health advice if you experience any adverse reactions to any glue products.