Has it been a while since you took off a ring? Did you try on a ring that seemed big enough going on but won’t readily come off? Don’t panic, and don’t rush to cut it off either. There are some simple things you can do to remove it safely.
Use something slippery. Plenty of skin-safe household items can be used as lubricants to get the ring off in one piece and with minimal damage to skin. Ammonia-based cleaners such as Windex often work best. If the skin is broken or cut, choose your lubricant wisely. Otherwise, try any of these, using a generous amount at least as far as the knuckle.
2. Move the ring around, getting some of the lubricant underneath. Turn the ring around the finger a time or two, and spray or rub more lubricant on as well. Gently pull the ring off the finger, working it back and forth and turning it as you go, as necessary.
- Windex or other window cleaners
(professional jewelers often use this and make sure its safe on skin, read the bottle first)
- Hand lotion (works particularly well)
- Butter – if possible
- Hair conditioner/shampoo
- Petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment
(the best choice if the skin is broken)
- Cooking spray, soft butter, or cooking oil
- Shortening (lard)
- Peanut butter -smooth, not chunky!! (may be a little sticky but works to get the ring off)
- Soap and water
- Baby Oil
- Ring Release
1. Elevate the arm. If you still can’t remove the ring, try elevating the arm above shoulder level for a few minutes.
Cold Water Method
Dental Floss Method
If the ring only goes partially off: Repeat the two previous steps from the rings current position.
3. Unwind the dental floss, beginning at the bottom of the finger. As you unwind the dental floss from the bottom, your ring will move up your finger until you can get it off.
After You Get the Ring Off
Clean the area where the ring was and tend to any other injuries. Don’t put the ring back on until it has been re sized or the swelling has gone down.