My glue gun is one of my most used DIY tools. I use so often that it pretty much just lives on my kitchen counter. And no, I’m not proud of that fact.
With all of the various projects I use it on, it ends up getting gunky. Between the glue itself and the rest of the supplies I use, like glitter or feathers, a lot of stuff gets stuck to the tip of the glue gun.
Okay, so there’s dog hair stuck in there, too. When you have a long haired white dog, there’s dog hair stuck in everything. And when you have gunky glue, glitter and dog hair, you have to figure out how to clean a glue gun.
To keep my glue gun clean so that the gunk doesn’t get onto each new project, I occasionally use this high-tech, new fangled contraption – a ball of aluminum foil.
No really. I do.
I plug in the glue gun to heat it up. Then, I very carefully push the ball of aluminum foil onto the nozzle and twist it around to wipe it clean. Be careful not to actually touch the tip with your fingers, and use a lot of foil so that it protects your fingers from the heat of the gun. The extra gunk on the glue gun wipes right off onto the foil, and the foil doesn’t stick to the nozzle.
While the glue gun is still warm, I also use the foil ball to wipe off anything that got on the body of the gun. It pretty much wipes right off, too.
It’s not necessary to clean the glue gun after every project, but cleaning it occasionally will help to keep it in good working condition. It also keeps it from depositing old glitter where glitter shouldn’t be.
Does your glue gun get gunky? Do you ever clean it?