Q&A: Go Bananas for a Natural Splinter Remedy

The next time you or your

The next time you or your child gets a splinter, eat a banana. Then use the peel to help remove the splinter. Tape a piece of the peel over the splinter. The enzymes will help dislodge the offending material and promote healing in the wound.

The Old Method

You can resort to tweezers, the old stand by, only if the splinter is protruding through the skin. Grasp the end of the splinter and pull it out gently. Then clean the area with soap. If the splinter is partially dislodged (and you don't have a banana handy), the dab on a small amount of clue. Wait for it to dry and peel it off, with the splinter attached.

Other Methods

If you are queasy about these direct methods, you can spend a few days soaking it out. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water and soak the area twice a day. After a few days, the splinter will work its way out.

Adhesive or scotch tape are also effective at removing splinters. Place the tape over the splinter and pull in the same direction as the sliver went into the skin. It might take a few tries, but the splinter will come out. This painless method is particularly good for young children.

Be sure to clean the area well after your remove the splinter, no matter what method you use. If the splinter was in deep, it is apply a natural disinfectant, such as tea tree oil.


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