How To Remove Splinters Using Baking Soda

Splinters can occur any time you work with wooden objects. Even the smoothest wooden vase can be problematic if you catch the wood on a grain and the end result can be a painful splinter. Usually splinters occur in the hands, because we tend to rub them on everything. Many splinters occur when we?'re carrying wooden objects, and when we are rubbing our hands along a railing. But, what should you do to remove a splinter?

How To Remove A Splinter With Baking Soda

To remove a splinter you will need the following items:

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 spoon or stir stick
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cotton washcloth

First, put 1 tablespoon of baking soda into the cup of water. Stir until the baking soda has dissolved. Next, soak the cotton washcloth in the baking soda solution. Apply the washcloth to your finger or hand where you have the splinter wound and allow it to soak for approximately 10 minutes. Baking soda is made up of sodium bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbonate will cause the area where the splinter is to swell slightly. This swelling action will make it easier for the splinter to unlodge itself as it too will swell and rise out of the wound. You should be able to gently push your skin in the area of the splinter wound beneath the splinter and it will pop out without having to use any squeezing or tweezers.

Why Not Use Tweezers Or Squeezing?

You should avoid using tweezers or squeezing a splinter because you can introduce bacteria into the wound and set up an infection. Squeezing also tends to push the splinter down further into the flesh making it harder to remove. This means you are more likely to dig at the splinter, which can also cause the splinter area to become infected, or reddened and more painful.

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