Living with a five year old means always keeping a stock of band aids. Maybe it’s just my kid, but it seems like that age is prone to falling down while doing the simplest of things: he could be looking at a butterfly and somehow ends up falling and scraping his knee. I mean, literally, just looking at a butterfly.
So, we go through a lot of adhesive bandages. Usually, I just drop the kid in the bath and the band aid falls off in the warm water. Sometimes, however, a bath is not convenient, so we use the olive oil method, explained here by ParentHacks user, Rachael:
If you dip a cotton ball or q-tip in oil (olive or baby) and rub it against the band-aid, it will allow the band-aid to just fall right off. We’ve eliminated a lot of screaming in our house this way!
Check out the Lifehacker video above for an alternate method: heat the band aid with a hair dryer for a few seconds and it will come off without any pain, a trick that’s especially useful for those of us with hairy arms.
By the way, I don’t suggest sifting through “bandage removal” videos on YouTube. Ick…