Rub out splinters with a pumice stone

SiloDog’s splinter removal hack should come in handy during these barefoot backyard days:

Next time your little ones have splinters in their hands or feet, try this: Let them soak well in the bathtub, then use a pumice stone (like you would for rough heels or elbows) to rub over the splinters in a circular motion before they dry off. They can even do it themselves. It seems to work for those playgound / deckrail splinters pretty well.

I’ve never tried this myself, but it seems like a good solution for those tiny splinters that hide in certain types of bark mulch.

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  1. says

    I’m so glad you posted this! My 2 year old currently has two such splinters on her palm from the playground- don’t think she lets me near her with tweezers! I’ll give it a try after bath time tonight.

  2. says

    Another one, shared with me by the ever fabulous Moxie, is to tape a piece of banana peel to it overnight–the weird astringency of the banana peel works to pull the splinter out.

    One I haven’t tried yet and saw somewhere (here?) is to use glue–slather a bit over the splinter, wait for it to dry and peel it off.

    (Yes, I have a kid who once refused to go potty for 2 days because the tweezers were in the bathroom–I’ve been collecting these for the inevitable next time.)

  3. ginger says

    another helpful hint is to rub a teething or toothache gel over the surface before attempting to extract.

  4. says

    This needs to go on a (poor) handyman’s site…I had a bad experience roofing with cedar shingles wearing shorts – hundreds of tiny slivers later I was a mess.

  5. says

    I’m not sure about this one… wouldn’t it be key to rub in the opposite direction that the splinter entered?
    What if the end of the splinter caught on the pumice and was driven deeper into the skin?

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