I don’t know about you, but I have yet to find a bandage that really works for me—the dang things just don’t want to stay put! It’s one thing to have a small scrape on your knee, but if you are dealing with a super stubborn paper cut on your finger, then good luck; I always end up applying a new bandage every other time I wash my hands.
Luckily, we have people like Dr. Travis Stork from the hit show The Doctors to help us through these first-aid-related quandaries. He has an absolutely brilliant idea for how to best secure those sticky guys that is so easy to execute, you’ll wonder why everyone doesn’t apply their Band-Aids this way.
All you need to get started on this ingenious hack is your preferred brand of bandages and a pair of scissors— small cloth shears will work best! Here’s how to apply one:
After you have completely sanitized and dried the wound, make two small cuts on either side of a standard-sized bandage. Each chop should end up being about 1 cm away from the middle gauze area.
Once complete, lay your finger palm down, on a clean, flat surface. Center the wound in the middle of the gauze, then place one of the bottom cuts directly over the skin. Repeat on the other side, making sure that the lower portions have crisscrossed each other diagonally. Finish up your Band-Aid remedy by simply laying the upper portions down on top of one another.
When I first tried this process for myself, my first thought was: Why don’t bandage makers just make the darned things with these built-in cuts? It’s a frustrating situation, but something tells me that they want us to return to the drug store as many times as possible to buy more of their product. Money talks!
Conspiracy theories aside, this hack is so simple to begin with, making those cuts will surely become second nature to you as you bandage up those wounds in the future.
How to find the most durable bandages
If you want your dressing to stay on long, it’s best to choose the waterproof variety. (No-brainer, right?) You should also go with a brand that uses more adhesive and small cotton centers—this will help prevent any leaks from occurring when in contact with water. As far as the base material goes, many people swear by plastic bandages over cloth.
If you haven’t already found a variety you like, it may take a bit of trial and error, but this tip should help quite a bit in terms of the bandage’s longevity.
This is quite the simple first aid hack, but it may just take you a second to get the movements down pat. Watch the video below to get this professional bandage advice from The Doctors themselves! Hey, if it’s good enough for an M.D., it’s good enough for me!