How to Remove Surgical Tape and Adhesive

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How to Remove Surgical Tape and Adhesive
Surgical tape is used to keep bandages in place. (doigt cassé image by Melisback from

Surgical tape is a common sight in hospitals and doctor's offices. It comes in a variety of sizes and materials. Typically, surgical tape is made from hypoallergenic and breathable material to allow for adequate air ventilation and circulation to aid in the healing process. Surgical tape, and any adhesive left behind, can be easily removed by gently pulling the tape from the skin.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cooking oil or baby oil
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Saturate a white cloth with rubbing alcohol. Apply the rubbing alcohol to the surgical tape by rubbing the cloth on top of the tape in a circular motion.

  2. 2

    Grasp the corner of the surgical tape between your fingers. Hold the skin near the tape steady and tight with your other hand.

  3. 3

    Pull the surgical tape off the skin in the direction of the hair growth. Keep the tape close to the skin when pulling it off.

  4. 4

    Rub cooking oil or baby oil on the skin to remove any adhesive residue left behind by the surgical tape. Wash the skin with warm, soapy water and towel dry.

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