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Removing a Splinter

Using Elmer's Glue

To remove a splinter, simply apply some Elmer's glue over the splinter. After the glue dries, peel it off and the splinter will often come out also. This is especially helpful on children who are frightened by tweezers and needles. Our family relies on this method of splinter removal as it is painless.


By Barbara

Using Scotch Tape

When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

By Paper from Powell River, BC

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November 23, 20100 found this helpful

Do you possibly mean small mouthed container? Like a soda bottle?

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November 23, 20100 found this helpful

I can't imagine putting your finger in/on/whatever almost-boiling water would be a good idea. Is it possible some part of your directions were left out? This "hint" doesn't make sense at all.

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September 20, 20120 found this helpful

Get a splinter out with Elmer's glue.

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March 20, 20140 found this helpful

Last time I had a splinter, I left it where it was and doused it regularly with iodine, to prevent infection. After a while, I found that it had gone - presumably with the layer of skin in which it had been lodged.

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Removing Splinters

Another splinter removing tip, especially if inflamed, or broken off inside. Use an antibacterial ointment (like neosporin) on top of the area, cover tightly with bandaid. Replace ointment (oil) and bandaid every day. The oil brings the splinter to the surface. The antibacterial agent stops the inflammation.



By sicl

Scotch Tape

When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily

By Wendy

Removing Splinters

Another thing that works for splinters or cactus needles is to paint the spot with Elmer's White Glue. Let it dry and then peel it off. The splinter will come with it. This doesn't work every time, but is worth trying.

By Harlean from Arkansas

Removing Splinters

If you have a splinter or anything lodged under the skin, place a piece of raw pork bacon fat on the wound. Tape it with 1st aid tape, and the next day, the splinter will be to the top of the wound, so you'll be able to pull it out with a pair of disinfected tweezers. (for some items, it might take 2 days to work) This might sound like an old wives tale, but it does work!

By Terri H. (05/28/2005)

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Removing Splinters

When you know that you have a splinter but you can't see it, place a piece of adhesive over the sore spot, then pull up straight and sideways until the splinter is out. This simple technique won't work with all splinters, especially not those that have inflamed the surrounding skin, but it is often worth a try.

By joesgirl (07/11/2005)

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Removing a Splinter

Put an ice cube on the splinter. this numbs it so you can use a needle to lift up the skin just enough to use tweezers to pull it out. For very fine splinters wait 24 hr and will be worked out by your bodies immune cells. For splinter from a cactus, use duct tape or mailing tape. Don't forget to keep it clean. (12/02/2005)


Removing a Splinter

Try a slice of garlic on splinter held on with surgical tape or a plaster. Leave on overnight and keep re applying. Haven't tried yet but I'm told garlic is an antiseptic and is good for drawing "poison" from a wound. It should draw the splinter out along with the yeukky stuff when it swells up. And if it dosen't work, at least you wont have any bother with vampires ! (02/22/2006)

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By katrina537

Removing a Splinter

If a small part of the splinter is protruding, apply Elmers Glue. A very thin coat, let it dry and peel it off. This works great with cactus and thistles. (03/11/2006)

By school nurse

Removing a Splinter

If all else fails, use Preperation H, doesn't that shrink skin down? (I googled this because this is what happens when I think on my own, lol) Oh well, good luck with the splinters I'm off to work on my child's splintery feet (04/18/2008)

By Jenn.

Removing a Splinter

Remove a piece of the leaf of the aloe vera plant, expose the gel inside and set against where the splinter is, wrap with gauze and leave over-night the plant will draw the splinter to the surface. (12/06/2008)

By Margarito c.

Removing a Splinter

I used to work at a papermill that had a nurse. She had a special needle used to remove a splinter that was almost as painless as bacon fat. She gave me one and I used it numerous times until I lost it. I've never been able to find another one but would be most grateful if someone would let me know where I could get one. (01/14/2009)

By Walter

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