Anyone who works as a carpenter or furniture mover or likes to spend their free time in the garden knows this problem all too well. A brief moment of not paying attention and you’ve got yourself a splinter or a thorn. If needle or tweezers don’t help, you can easily remove the splinter with a home remedy: baking soda! And that’s how easy it works:

Splinters are not only annoying, but also quite painful. Even if you hardly see them, you are permanently reminded of them as soon as you touch the affected skin area. To prevent the skin from becoming inflamed, the splinter must be removed as quickly as possible. However, the use of tweezers or a needle does not always lead to success. Here it is often not possible to remove the splinter completely, which in turn can result in unpleasant inflammation. For such problematic cases, there is a home remedy that was widely used in grandmother’s time, but now seems to have almost fallen into oblivion.

Removing splinters with baking soda: This is how it works

For this you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • Some water
  • Plaster or gauze bandage

First, mix the baking soda with the water to a thick paste and apply it to the affected area. Leave the paste on for a few hours with the help of a plaster or gauze bandage. The sodium bicarbonate will cause the skin to swell and push out the splinter. The moisture in the paste also softens the skin and makes it more permeable. As a result, the splinter disappears almost by itself or can be easily removed with tweezers.

If you treat yourself, you should – even with such small injuries – ensure hygienic conditions. In case of large splinters or conspicuous redness, it is better to consult a doctor. If the body does not manage to repel the intruder, a painful, hot, throbbing focus of pus will form, which in the worst case can lead to blood poisoning. A regular check of the vaccination certificate to see whether the tetanus protection is still fresh should also be carried out.

The all-clear can be given, however, about the danger of aimlessly wandering splinters. Splinters move in the body by a few inches at most – so only if they are deep in the body can they threaten important organs or blood vessels. The war generation was indeed affected by this risk – but there is hardly any danger for carpenters, furniture packers and gardening enthusiasts.