Removing Splinters with Potatoes


Potato Splinter Trick

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To remove a splinter, peel, wash and grate a thumb- sized piece of white or red potato. Place the potato gratings into a piece of gauze bandage. Wrap the gauze so the potato bits won’t fall out, and tape it to the area over the splinter. Leave it on for at least a few hours, or overnight if possible, so the potato has a chance to dry out. Grated carrot can be mixed with the potato if desired.


2003 Old Farmer's Almanac

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