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How to Remove a Stubbornly Stuck Ring

Ah, the joys of getting older. My fingers have gotten larger so much so that I had to have my wedding band resized not too long ago.  Getting it off was a job.  I tried the twisting method while gently pulling but to no avail.  Luckily it did come off with a bit of olive oil.

Some sort of lubricant such as soap and water or cooking oil, is what most of us try if the dry method doesn't work.  But there are a few more tips to consider from Wikihow. 

Making use of gravity is one.  Raising one's arm up for a few minutes will help reduce the fluids in the fingers.  Try removing the ring after that.

Placing your hand in a bowl of cool water might also help.  Rings tend to be looser on cold days and sometimes uncomfortable on warm days.

But the neatest trick has to be the dental floss one.

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  1. Hi Pearl, I had to use the dental floss method when I was pregnant with my now 15 year old because my hands were swelling and nothing else would work.I had seen a commercial for one of those books with tons of tips and in the commercial they mentioned how to get a ring off but didn't tell you how. Luckily my mother in-law had bought the book. Anyway the dental floss did the trick. Pat

  2. Cetaphil brand liquid facial cleanser works better for me than regular soap does, plus it is easier to rinse off the ring once I get it off.

  3. Thanks to the internet, the dental floss trick is now available to all! You were lucky that your MIL did get the book years ago. Stuck rings are so uncomfortable.

    Thanks for the tip on the facial cleanser. It's probably less harsh too. I agree, regular soap and olive oil are harder to rinse off!


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