Remove Cactus Thorns With Ease

Intro: Remove Cactus Thorns With Ease

I love cactus, and I'm pretty well fearless when it comes to working with them which might change should I ever fall on one.  However, cactus thorns/spines aren't so much fun, so I keep a roll of duct tape at home and in the car because I never know when I might get bit by a cactus while nursery hopping which is precisely how I learned about this trick. 

Normally I keep a roll of duct tape in my car because the stuff is pretty darn useful for a lot of things.  While visiting Old Man Cactus Nursery*, I managed to rub against a cactus, and the lady helping my husband and me told me about this trick.

*The nursery is generally not open to the public, but we were allowed to visit after setting up an appointment.  I think we bought a lot more than if we'd ordered online because we were there in person, and everything looks a lot more tempting when you can see it right there and be able to own it right away...  DANGEROUS!

Step 1: Materials

You're going to need duct tape but hopefully not a full roll.

Step 2: Apply and Rip

Apply a strip of duct tape to the area where you got bit.

Press down.

Rip it off!

Re-apply as necessary.

Done!

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    ShannonW48

    2 years ago

    Needed tweezers to remove this one. Couldn't get big enough roll of duct tape. My cactus and I have a love / hate relationship

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    ShannonW48

    2 years ago

    I needed tweezers to remove this nasty little one

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    VictoriaB35

    2 years ago

    I tried both the duct tape and the glue trick, FAIL! ouch

    I was doing some gardening at my daughter's new home. As I pulled some dead fern fronds, little did I know that there was a cactus hiding in side this overgrown fern. It brushed my arm against it unknowingly and about 30 mins later I felt I had been bitten. I was wearing a long sleeve top and and long sleeve sweatshirt. I tool both off and had a full blown swollen rash and about 3-400 microscopic spines in my arm. I first tried the duct tape, it hurt like hell and gave me little ruptures under the skin like polk a dot bruising for the adhesive, though all the hair is gone the spines are still there. Maybe it removed about 10% I wasn't going to try it again. I then moved on the glue trick. It took 2 hours for the glue to dry with the gauze covering it. then ripping it off slowly over the already bruised skin, um yeah, OUCH! and no improvement. Now the raw, bruised and hairless area is now swollen and maybe that was a good thing. I got into a very hot bath and just sat there with salts in the water. After about 15 mins I lathered the area well with a Shea butter soap from Lush, very emollient, and then used the bee sting remedy. I took and old hotel key, in lieu of a credit card in case of damage, and scraped firmly over and over with the soapy arm. It was brilliant, all gone! I then went to bed sore and exhausted.

    Recap. Shea butter soap and a credit card. Soak in hot water with salt for 15 mins, soap up the area well and scrape with the CC. It works!

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    VictoriaB35

    2 years ago

    I tried both the duct tape and the glue trick, FAIL! ouch

    I was doing some gardening at my daughter's new home. As I pulled some dead fern fronds, little did I know that there was a cactus hiding in side this overgrown fern. It brushed my arm against it unknowingly and about 30 mins later I felt I had been bitten. I was wearing a long sleeve top and and long sleeve sweatshirt. I tool both off and had a full blown swollen rash and about 3-400 microscopic spines in my arm. I first tried the duct tape, it hurt like hell and gave me little ruptures under the skin like polk a dot bruising for the adhesive, though all the hair is gone the spines are still there. Maybe it removed about 10% I wasn't going to try it again. I then moved on the glue trick. It took 2 hours for the glue to dry with the gauze covering it. then ripping it off slowly over the already bruised skin, um yeah, OUCH! and no improvement. Now the raw, bruised and hairless area is now swollen and maybe that was a good thing. I got into a very hot bath and just sat there with salts in the water. After about 15 mins I lathered the area well with a Shea butter soap from Lush, very emollient, and then used the bee sting remedy. I took and old hotel key, in lieu of a credit card in case of damage, and scraped firmly over and over with the soapy arm. It was brilliant, all gone! I then went to bed sore and exhausted.

    Recap. Shea butter soap and a credit card. Soak in hot water with salt for 15 mins, soap up the area well and scrape with the CC. It works!

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    dchall8

    8 years ago on Introduction

    That's fun playing "Where's Satan" on your first picture!

    My mother planted a bunch of that same cactus when I was a kid.  What a mistake that turned out to be.  Maybe it's okay for adults but when you're a kid chasing a ball into the cactus, it's unbearable.  Those little stickers are evil because they break off very easily into your skin...and they are the color of your skin.  And usually they get in around your knuckles so every time you flex your hand you feel it.  Wish we knew about the tape back then. 

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    AngryRedheaddchall8

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    That's exactly the problem with cactus thorns like the one in the first pic. They're nearly invisible and hard to pull out with tweezers. The duct tape trick is the only thing that'll really work.

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    kricketone

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I use spray contact cement , let it dry and just peel it off

    I would like to see pictures of the actual process, any chance you could re-create the incident for documentary purpose? :P Just kidding of course. This is good knowledge to have, thanks for the 'ible.

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    kstruve

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I can attest to this method. It works really well. I had gotten a leg-full of these darn glochids and I used duct tape. They are like tiny shards of fiberglass!

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    AngryRedheadSunbanks

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! It's the same one that bit me at Old Man Cactus Nursery where I learned about this trick!

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    SunbanksAngryRedhead

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It's a great trick too! Except I rarely come into contact with cacti, which I'm just fine with :P