5 ways to painlessly remove a splinter

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For many people, the joys of going barefoot outweigh the risks. At least until you get a splinter walking along a hardwood floor or on the boardwalk along the shore.

Splinters are an injury that we rarely think about until they happen, and then it can be hard to think about anything else. Some are shallow enough to be removed manually, or at least with a pair of tweezers, but some are so deep that attempts to remove them can seem hopeless.

Painless ways to remove a splinter

1. Baking soda

Is there anything baking soda can’t do? This¬†splinter remedy from “The Baking Soda Companion”¬†outlines exactly how to get out a splinter with that versatile white powder. Clean the area with soap and water and mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with enough water to create a paste. Apply the paste to the spot where the splinter is and apply a bandage over the paste. Let it set for 24 hours and then remove the bandage. The splinter should be sticking out a bit, and then you should be able to gently remove it with tweezers. If not, repeat the process until the splinter has worked its way out of your skin. The baking soda forces your skin to swell up a bit, and that process drives the splinter to the surface.

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