How to Remove Glue from Lace Wig Without Alcohol

There are many different ways to secure a wig to one’s head. One of the preferred and popular methods is glue.

However, there are a few drawbacks to going the glue route. For one, glue can be messy and difficult to work with. Secondly, removing excess glue from a lace wig can be challenging.

If you find yourself needing to remove glue from your lace wig but don’t want to use alcohol, don’t worry – there are a few other efficient methods to get the job done.

Different Ways to Remove Glue From Lace Wig (Without Alcohol)

While alcohol works like a charm to remove glue from a lace wig, there are many reasons why one might want to refrain from using it.

Luckily, there are several other ways to remove glue from your lace wig. 

Here are my top five picks:

1. Conditioner

My favorite way to remove glue from a lace wig without alcohol is to use a conditioner.


Well, there are a couple of reasons why this is the ultimate go-to:

  • You likely already have a conditioner in your home
  • Conditioner is budget-friendly
  • It’s also a great product to use on your natural hair

All you need to do is apply the conditioner to the area you need the glue removed. Allow the conditioner to sit on the affected area for about five minutes. Try to remove the glue. If it still won’t budge, apply more conditioner and wait it out.

2. Oil

Don’t want to use conditioner to get rid of glue on your lace wig?

No problem.

Another product will work wonders at getting rid of glue – oil. Any type of oil will do the trick, whether you’re someone who has olive oil in their cabinet or you jumped on board the coconut oil train and keep a hefty stash in your kitchen at all times.

Regardless of the oil you’re using, you’ll need to apply it to the affected area and allow it to sit for up to ten minutes. If the glue is particularly stubborn, try massaging the oil into the area.

3. Vaseline

I don’t know about you, but I always have Vaseline in my bathroom. It’s my ultimate go-to for those winter nights when my lips are way too chapped, and I need hydration ASAP.

But did you know that your handy tub of Vaseline can also be used to remove glue from your lace wig?

Apply a generous amount of Vaseline to the affected area(s). Allow the Vaseline to sit in the area for about 20 minutes. Tug on the glue to see if it comes off easily. If not, let the Vaseline continue to sit on the glue.

Use a clean, damp towel to remove the Vaseline and glue. 

4. Warm Water and Baking Soda

Baking soda may be one of the best inventions on planet Earth. It’s great for baking cookies, cleaning toilets, and, yes – removing glue from your lace wig.

Is there anything baking soda can’t do?

To use this method, add a few teaspoons of baking soda to a spray bottle filled with water. Shake the bottle to mix the baking soda. Then, spray the mixture onto the affected area.

This technique takes the longest amount of time, but it’s worth it if you’re looking for a cheap remedy.

You may consider using a wig brush to (gently) scrub off the glue after allowing the mixture to sit on the glue for about 15 minutes.

5. Professional Wig Glue Remover

Plenty of people find themselves in a situation where they need to remove glue from their lace wig – and companies listened.

That’s why there are many different kinds of wig glue removers on the market.

Needless to say, professional wig glue removers are designed to do one thing – remove glue from your lace wig.

They’re easy as pie to use – just follow the instructions on your product, and the glue should come off effortlessly.

This is a fantastic investment if you apply glue to your lace wigs regularly and continuously find yourself in the predicament of needing to remove some glue from your wig.


The verdict is in: you don’t need alcohol to remove glue from your lace wig. Thank goodness, right? While you likely have everything you need from this article, I have included a few frequently asked questions in case you want to learn more.

How do you remove wig glue naturally?

The most natural way to remove wig glue is to use oil. Any kind of oil will work well. The favorite oils include: olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, and vegetable oil. Other types of oils can also be used, such as tea tree oil.

Does Vaseline remove hair glue?

You can use Vaseline to remove hair glue. All you need to do is apply a generous amount to the affected area. Allow the Vaseline to sit on the glue for up to 20 minutes. Tug on the glue to see if it’s loosened up. If so, you can use a damp towel to remove the glue and Vaseline.

Can hydrogen peroxide remove hair glue?

You can use hydrogen peroxide to remove hair glue. To use this method, soak a cotton ball in a hefty amount of hydrogen peroxide. Allow the hydrogen peroxide-soaked cotton ball to sit on the affected area until it’s softened, about five to ten minutes. Rub the glue off.

You Don’t Need Alcohol to Remove Wig Glue!

Although alcohol might be a quick and easy method, it’s not the only option to remove glue from a lace wig. The best option is to use a conditioner. However, you can also use oil (any oil will do the trick), Vaseline, warm water and baking soda, or a professional wig glue remover.

How do you remove glue from your lace wig without alcohol? Do you have another method to add? Let’s talk about it in the comment section so we can try it out, too!

About Michelle
My name is Michelle and I've been using hair wigs for about five years. I use them when I am heading out on a hot date or looking fierce for a special event. I created this site to help those new to the lace wig world.

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