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Easy Ways to  Remove a Splinter

Summer is a time for frolicking around in sandals, flip-flops, and of course bare feet. It’s also a time for splinters. Splinters are painful and can need medical attention, but most of the time the occasional piece of wood that gets stuck in your hand or foot can be remedied at home. Tweezers and/or sterilized needles work well, especially if the splinter isn’t too deep.

Sometimes, though, these common household items can incite screaming and crying when the patient is a child, or can be difficult to use if you are by yourself. If you’d prefer a more “natural” removal method, why not give one of these a try:


From Duct to Scotch to masking many people swear by this removal method. This method is best for more superficial splinters rather than deep ones. Simply break off a piece of tape large enough to cover the area, then pull off the tape in the opposite direction the splinter went in.

Potato Slices
Cut a potato into thin slices. Place one slice on the splinter (use the side without the skin). Varying sources suggest leaving it on the spot for 10-20 minutes to the whole night. If you decide to leave it overnight, secure the potato slice with two bandages to keep it in place. When you remove the potato, it should pull out the splinter.

Baking Soda Paste
This method is best for those tiny, invisible splinters. You should use this only after you’ve tried other methods, as this paste will cause the skin to swell and push the splinter out. Make the paste by combining about ¼ tsp of baking soda with enough water to give it a paste-like consistency. Apply the paste to the cleaned area and put a bandage on top to keep it in secured. Leave it in place for 24 hours, and then remove. The splinter may be sticking out and need to be pulled out the rest of the way with tweezers or sterilized needle. If you don’t see it, repeat this process for another 24 hours.

Which splinter removal do you use? Share your favorite remedy here.

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1 This Is, by Far, the Weirdest Thing You Can Do with a Potato – Culinary Home { 05.22.19 at 10:16 am }

[…] a potato can do: Apparently, you can use a potato to remove a splinter. At least that’s what the Farmer’s Almanac […]

2 Potato Splitner Removal Hack | Kitchn – In The News Magazine { 05.22.19 at 10:06 am }

[…] a potato can do: Apparently, you can use a potato to remove a splinter. At least that’s what the Farmer’s Almanac […]

3 Drew { 11.04.18 at 1:16 am }

The tip of my thumb is covered with many tiny splinters that sting so bad if I even bump it! I have been digging them out for three days with blades and tweezers and needles and peroxide, and magnifying glass, but I’m not getting them out, and it’s sore! Help please?

4 Madeline { 10.05.18 at 4:17 pm }

how do i remove my thorn out of my right hand thumb

5 sylvia { 04.21.17 at 12:47 am }

I stepped on a tree branch today, and it stuck me in my other foot.. I have been able to get some of it out but it so deep keep get anymore out.. And suggested how to remove it.. It is veey painful.. Thank you

6 Strawberry Shortcake ;P { 12.29.16 at 4:11 pm }

I’m just trying this out, I have no clue if it will work, so if it doesn’t please do not kill me. I read Epsom Salt or Epsom salt paste will draw out the splinter and I also read about baking soda paste. So what I’m doing is mixing Epsom salt with baking soda, putting a couple of drops of water (just enough to make a paste), mix it and there is your magical paste. Put some on your splinter, cover with a bandage and wait a couple of hours before pulling out with some tweezers. I hope it works for you (and myself). 😀

7 Susan Higgins { 06.23.17 at 9:16 am }

Hi Redswena, no, a trip to the emergency room is in order for that!

8 Redswena { 06.21.17 at 4:29 pm }

Dose this work with a needle stuck in yout foot?

9 Shelia { 10.31.16 at 12:08 am }

I just used optic white toothpaste and covered it with a bandaid and within 20 minutes it pushed out enough to grab easily with tweezers

10 Ruth Hutch { 07.11.16 at 8:10 am }

I have a splinter that’s been in my finger 10 days it has pus up and is hard how do.i get it ouy

11 Captain Obvious { 08.18.16 at 8:10 pm }

Go get some baking soda.

12 Reva { 06.20.16 at 10:21 pm }

I have a very deep splinter in the sole of my foot. I don’t have baking soda, and none of the other methods are working.

13 It hurt { 06.17.16 at 2:58 pm }

Hi this hurts and I need u to come to 341 russ and take it out

14 Pickles { 04.19.16 at 2:45 am }

Wear a dead chicken around your neck overnight after you soak it first in boiling water and drink it cold. Next morning kiss the chicken and tell it “Your the best night I ever had”. Works every time…no more splinter!

15 Chopper { 04.19.16 at 2:39 am }

I like whisky. After the bottle is consumed the damn splinter don’t hurt no mo!

16 Alexis { 04.18.16 at 6:08 pm }

It hurts so bad and I can’t get it out!!

17 Steve Ebert { 09.27.15 at 12:12 pm }

Place a raisin on the skin where the splinter is cover it with a band-aid. Leave on overnight. The raisin draws out moisture from the skin around splinter. You will be able to pull out the splinter with tweezers.

18 Sean { 06.28.15 at 8:40 pm }

soak it in hot water for twenty minutes then put neosporine On a bandage and wrap it around infected sliver area and wait overnight the wound area should be so soft u can slice a slight hole were the sliver is then push it out

19 Mary Bell { 04.20.15 at 12:34 am }

My mom’s old-time recipe that always works for me: Mix equal parts powdered laundry detergent and plain white table sugar, add a bit of water to make a paste. Put a dab in a bandaid and cover. Leave overnight. Repeat next day if needed. Somehow it pulls the splinter out. I bought one of the little laundry vending machine boxes just to keep on hand as I typically use liquid detergent.

20 devonna matney { 04.18.15 at 9:03 pm }

Never put raw bacon on any open wound their are worms in it that go to the brain and if you dont have brain suffers you will die!! Not a good idea!! Always wash hands well after hand!ing pork or poultry.

21 Mike { 04.18.15 at 8:25 pm }

i use hydrogen peroxide.

22 James { 04.09.15 at 12:01 pm }

You folks on here asking how to deal with your specific situation should go see a doctor.

23 Bryan { 06.20.14 at 1:06 am }

Prid Drawing Salve. Wal-Mart sells it. It’s in an orange tin. Best I’ve used for splinters.

24 jan { 06.19.14 at 8:19 pm }

After about 48 hours your body will try to eject the splinter, big or small. All you have to do is put some pressure behind it..it will come out. There might be some puss, but an antibiotic cream will help that..

25 Bernie Norman { 06.19.14 at 5:58 pm }

I take a razor blade and gently slice the skin above the splinter until it pops up and i can grab it with tweezers, most times the razor blade can pull it out after the splinter is exposed if I scrape it sideways. Just got to be careful. I have always done this and my kids hardly felt it when I took splinters out.

26 Maylea Lolley { 06.19.14 at 3:43 pm }

Put a dab of vicks vapor rub ,bandaid overnight it will draw it out ,it will also work on risens and zits

27 Peggy { 06.19.14 at 2:11 pm }

Haven’t had to do this since my children were small….but I use to place an ice cube on the area, long enough to numb it. Then quickly use sterile needle and tweezers to remove.

28 CC { 05.26.14 at 5:23 pm }

Raw bacon, tiny piece, bandaid. Leave overnight?
Never failed

29 Jessica Dix { 05.17.14 at 10:54 pm }

There is a thick one in my daughters but cheak and he will not touch it what should i do

30 Edith { 03.27.14 at 6:31 pm }

If the splinter is under the skin I’m confused as to how these methods will remove it

31 brooklyn { 03.17.14 at 11:25 pm }

Bread and milk, warm the milk until it is warm but not to unbearable mix with the bread apply to the area and secure with bandage or gauze leave overnight should be in bread in the morning …..milk softens the area bread dries and pulls splinter out with it.

32 Matt { 03.09.14 at 3:15 pm }

Use a thumbtack and dig a little bit then pull out with tweezers it doesn’t hurt at all

33 renee { 09.09.13 at 10:39 pm }

I make small hole with neddle pour peroxide it works sometimes

34 Nikki { 07.27.13 at 4:07 pm }

I have a splinter under the skin on the side of my finger! last time I had one my dad used a needle to work it out and it made me feel so light headed, so I don’t want to try that again! I don’t know what to try!

35 Monica { 07.15.13 at 4:57 pm }

I’ve got more than a splinter. More like impaled on a small stick which has broken off inside my calf and can’t get it out!! Not worth trip to the docs but I found a remedy that says to put a raisin under a bandaid leave it on the splinter for a day. Next day it should be poking out..

36 EMMA { 06.25.13 at 8:40 am }

If you can find a specific kind of magnifying glass…I use a small one that folds open in 3 sections. Closed, it’s about 3/4″ square, and open it like a cube. It’s for the purpose of viewing the grain patterns of paper. Very powerful. I place it above the splinter and it appears to be 50 or 100 times bigger. Easier to pick at with a needle, or tape, etc, to pull it out.

37 person { 06.15.13 at 12:18 pm }

i have one stuck in the middle of me foot :((((((((((((

38 Caroline { 12.28.12 at 2:24 pm }

I used a nail clipper to cut the skin a little bit then Cleaned my tweasers and pulled it out

39 Tanya { 12.03.12 at 10:29 am }

I have a splinter in my big toe and I can’t see it at all :c it hurts

40 reese { 09.13.12 at 4:58 pm }

I have it in my big toe. It huuurts. I have to do pe in school too.

41 Allegra { 07.27.12 at 2:02 pm }

You should try soaking your hand in hot water for 10 minutes it should get a deep splinter out from under your skin so you can pull it out with tweezers. The needle method is way to painful.

42 Pat { 05.10.12 at 6:21 pm }

After the tape idea, it prompted another one. I used a wax hair remover product on the splinter and, after 2 tries, it worked! Let it cool on the skin slightly but remove while the wax is still warm and pliable. Nice, easy, painless!

43 Ebony { 04.24.12 at 11:42 am }

I’ve tried the tape n I was told to try the egg shell n its not working I’m going crazy it hurts n I can’t get it out!! OMG it hurts

44 Lisa { 06.07.11 at 1:32 pm }

old home remedy for removing splinters…a smear of elmer’s glue across the edge of the splinter…let it dry completely and then peel the glue off. The splinter comes out with it! Shared with my neighbor and she now swears by it. You could do as my son does though just wait until the fester up and open them up and slide them out then.

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