Tips to remove splinters you find hard to see

Splinter!
Don't dig deeper next time you have a splinter, try this trick instead!

There is nothing worse than getting a tiny splinter in your finger… you feel it’s there but you can’t quite get to it. 

Tweezers are no good – the splinter may be too small for that, and you can’t see well enough to find it anyway.

So what do you do?

Get yourself some baking soda!

Here’s how it works.

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First of all, don’t squeeze the area as you could make the problem worse.

Then have a close look. Use a magnifying glass if you need it, to see if you can see what angle it’s going into your skin.

Then it’s best if you clean the area and dry it thoroughly. Soap and water is all you need, and gently pat dry with paper towel. Make sure your hands are clean too, while working with the area that has the splinter! You don’t want infections, do you?

Then come the baking soda. Mix a few tablespoons of it with water in a small container until you have a thick paste that you can spread on your skin.

Dab the paste onto the area with the splinter. Gently does it, as you don’t want to get the splinter further under the skin.

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Then cover the area with a band-aid. Cover the area completely and then leave it alone! Hard, I know, but you need to leave it on there for a few hours, ideally for 24 hours for deep splinters.

When you remove the band-aid the splinter, in most cases, will come out too.

If it doesn’t work the first time, try again!

What do you do to get rid of splinters?