Step 1

If a bit of the splinter is sticking out, grab it with tweezers and pull it out from the direction it went in. If the exposed end breaks off, or if the splinter is buried in your skin, then…

Step 2

Stir a tablespoon of baking soda into a cup of warm water. Submerge the splinter in the liquid for 15 minutes, twice a day. The splinter will work itself out in a few days. No? Then…

Step 3

Ask a doctor to retrieve it; if you’re overdue for a tetanus booster, schedule that at the same time. After it’s out, dab some anti¬bacterial ointment on the area and leave it uncovered.