How to Remove a Splinter…
Here is an easy, fairly pain-free way to remove a splinter. This baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) method will even work to remove a deeply embedded glass shard.
- Clean and dry the spot with soap and water. Be gentle—patting the area dry with a paper towel will soak up the water without any unnecessary (and potentially painful) rubbing. You don’t want the skin (or the splinter, if it’s wood) to get soggy.
- Inspect the splinter with a magnifying glass. The size of the splinter and how it’s angled in your skin will help you know what’s the best way to take it out.
See How to Remove a Splinter
for a description of other methods you may want to try first. The baking soda method described here is best for tiny, invisible splinters, or deeply-embedded ones. The baking soda
paste will cause the skin to swell and push the splinter out. It’s best used after
other methods, since it will make the other methods (tape, tweezer ,needle) more difficult because your skin will be slightly swollen.
- Make a baking soda paste. Add water to about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to make a thick paste.
- Apply the paste to the splinter. Spread the baking soda paste onto a bandage, then apply the bandage to the affected area
- After 24 hours, remove the bandage. The splinter may be sticking out of the skin. If it’s visible, pick it off with tweezers, and rinse the skin gently. If the splinter is sticking out but not visible, this may wash it away without further complications.
Repeat the method with new paste and another bandage every 24 hours until the splinter is gone.
Use a topical anesthetic. If the splinter is extremely painful, you might rub a bit of Baby Orajel around the affected area and wait a few minutes before trying to remove the splinter. The Baby Orajel will numb the area. Once you wait a few minutes, wash the affected area .