Aug 13, 2012 by APRIL McCARTHY
A Simple Way To Remove Splinters With Baking Soda
A splinter is an partially or fully embedded piece of wood, glass, metal or any foreign body in the skin. The typical response to a splinter is to squeeze the skin to try and get it out with a tweezer. This often results in embedding it further into the skin and if it's brittle, it often breaks into smaller pieces. Here is an easy, fairly pain-free way to remove a splinter without further aggravating the skin.
A baking soda paste can effectively remove more than 90% of splinters below the skin's surface. Even deep splinters have been known to surface using this method.
Wash and dry the spot with soap and water. Be gentle. Pat dry (a paper towel is good for absorbing moisture without having to apply much pressure). You don't want the skin (or the splinter, if it's wood) to get soggy.
Inspect it 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. If it's in a "hard to view" area of your body, get help from somebody who can inspect it a little closer. The baking soda method described here is excellent for tiny, invisible splinters. 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 swollen.
Make a paste using a little bit of water and about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Apply this paste to the affect 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. Rinse the skin gently (if the splinter is sticking out but not visible, this may wash it away). Repeat the method with new paste and another bandage every 24 hours until the splinter is gone.
You may have to re-bandage the area twice or even three times during the 24-hour period before the splinter becomes loose enough to remove (or falls out).
April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.