Remove Splinters & 5 More Uses for Elmer’s Glue

elmers_glue_remove_splintersHere is a great summer tip that may save a few tears at your house. My six-year-old needed a splinter removed but did not want me to remove it with tweezers or a needle. I came up with the brainstorm to try duct tape. The first two tries didn’t work. The third time I applied the tape and removed it and the splinter came out.

Since then I read that Elmer’s glue helps remove splinters.Β Yesterday I got a splinter. I tried the Elmer’s glue and it worked. Pour a drop of Elmer’s glue all over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the glue when you peel it off!

See more Elmer’s Glue uses below.

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Trivia: Elmer the Bull (Elmer’s glue mascot) is Elsie the Cow‘s (Borden’s mascot) husband. No kidding. There are no animal products in Elmer’s Glue.

More Uses for Elmer’s Glue

Unique uses for Elmer’s Glue from Associated Content.

  1. Teach children to write their names by using a crayon to write the child’s name on a piece of paper, then trace over the letters using Elmer’s Glue-All. When the glue becomes dry, children can use their fingers to trace over the letters of their name. This makes it easier for them to understand the shapes of the letters.
  2. Prevent broken shoelaces from fraying by simply dipping the end of the shoelace into the glue.
  3. Seal plants by using Elmer’s Glue-All to seal all ends of pruned stems and branches. This protects against insects and excessive moisture loss.
  4. Fix small holes in walls by filling the small nail holes with a drop of glue before painting the walls.
  5. Tighten a screw hole by soaking a cotton ball in glue, stuffing the cotton ball into the hole, and letting it dry for 24 hours. Now, you’ll be able to use you a screwdriver to put a new screw in the hole.


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  1. Excellent tip! I too have used duct tape to remove splinters, a whole toddler handful of splinters, not just once, but twice! Seriously, you think he would have learnt after the first time! And after the duct tape, a warm bath helps soak out any left behind. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Megan says:

    wow! That is great – love those uses! Had heard the splinter one, but none of the others! Thanks!

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  3. marigold says:

    Actually, I like the tip about using glue to put on pruned branches. We’re getting ready to trim a tree with some dead limbs and I couldn’t figure out what to put on the sawed part until I ran across your post! Thanks!

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  4. Elisa says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! πŸ˜€
    Wow, I have never heard of this way to get splinters out!! This is awesome…I love to run around barefoot (the kid in me) and hubby is constantly digging splinters out of my feet – I HATE that! I am definitely going to try this from now on! Thanks!! πŸ˜†

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  5. Condo Blues says:

    That. Is. Brillant!. The Elmer’s Glues Splinter Removal Method is less traumatic than the stick-a-needle-in-my-finger-method-and-cringe-cuz-I’m-A-wuss πŸ˜₯ method!

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  6. Mamacita says:

    That is such an excellent tip! Love it! I can’t wait to try it out the next time someone gets a splinter around here!

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  7. Marlo says:

    What a fantastic tip! And I have to say, I love that little bit of trivia. Too funny!
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  8. SAHMmy Says says:

    Love the Elmer’s glue splinter tip. Just the novelty of glue (as opposed to the tweezers my son dreads) will be enough to keep him still–and hopefully distracted from the pain by blowing it dry! Thanks for the great advice!

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  9. Janis says:

    What a marvelous tip! I have never heard of using Elmer’s glue for a splinter. This could save lots of tears for my children!

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  10. Tara says:

    Thanks for your encouraging words…I really appreciate it very much!! Losing weight for me…is probably one of the hardest things to do..but certianly most rewarding! Thanks for your prayers.. Prayer changes things… !!! πŸ™‚

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  11. These are great tips!!! :mrgreen:

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  12. Wow! I had never heard of that before. I’ll definitely be trying that in the future. It sure beats the tweezer method. Now I just need to go out and buy some Elmer’s– all we have around her is glue sticks. πŸ™‚

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  14. Arlene says:

    Hey, these are pretty neat! πŸ˜› I’ll have to remember these for future reference ❗

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  15. Sharon says:

    This isn’t for Elmer’s Glue, but for duct tape. My daughter had two plantar warts on her feet (one was large and very deep). After a month of treatment at the clinic, they weren’t improving very fast, so the nurse-practitioner suggested trying duct tape. We would daily put wart solution on the wart and after it dried put a piece of duct tape on the wart. While plain freezing at the clinic didn’t appear to touch the warts, it was amazing how quickly adding the duct tape treatment drew the cores of the wart to the surface. Between that and bi-weekly freezing treatment at the clinic, her warts were completely gone in less than two months and haven’t returned.

  16. Katia says:

    Wow, I had to come here and let you know personally what else this method works for. I had a broken window during a terrible storm that ripped through our neighborhood, there was broken glass everywhere in our bedroom……here and there we are still finding glass… the other day I stepped on one, it was hard to take it out, actually the tweezers broke half of it so the other half was still in my foot….. πŸ˜• ❓ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜• So I remembered this post, I got my Elmer’s glue bottle and fed my feet :mrgreen: πŸ˜€ it worked perfectly. The only problem I had was the waiting time for the glue to dry; so I had another idea I grabbed the hair dryer to dry the glue. It worked. Thanks for the tip. 😎

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  17. prissy says:


    I just read a tip on using Elmer’s to use as a facial mask. Apply to face and then peel off. It’s supposed to take off the layers of dead skin. Has anyone tried this?

    • marly says:

      I have used it for unclogging pores and it works better than anything I’ve ever used. Just put it on your T-zone fairly thickly, let it dry and peel it off. I have large pores and oily skin and it was great!

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