I need to take off a tag without scissors. I also can't just rip it off because I have a broken wrist (which is also my dominant hand).

I'm ideally looking for something easy and around the house. Are there any tools to help me hack my life?

tag to be removed

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    Do you have a knife at your house? I would think that that would work, unless of course, you can't hold the knife and the tag at the same time.
    – michaelpri
    Aug 27, 2015 at 0:09
  • @michaelpri I've got a knife, but I'm looking for something that ideally uses one hand. Holding a knife in my left hand, and a splint in a broken hand might not be a good idea...
    – Zizouz212
    Aug 27, 2015 at 0:11
  • I might have interpreted "tag" the wrong way: do you mean a price tag like those attached to clothes or a "sticky" tag like those attached to the front / back side of books? This or this?
    – kos
    Aug 27, 2015 at 10:43
  • Or to extend on comment by @kos, a laundry tag sewed into the garment?
    – holroy
    Aug 27, 2015 at 17:29
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    I'm wondering why you don't possess a single pair of scissors - not even nail scissors?
    – Bamboo
    Aug 28, 2015 at 18:24

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The tags in that picture are really big! If your goal is to keep them from flapping around or scratching your forearm, I have a workaround that doesn't involve cutting: Fold the tags against the outside of the cast/brace, and tape them there.

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Nail clippers should do the trick (a little bit at a time). They're easy to operate with just one hand.

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  • Nice suggestion, but they aren't exactly... cutting the tag.
    – Zizouz212
    Aug 28, 2015 at 18:25
  • @Zizouz212 I just saw the picture you uploaded. That's a pretty serious tag! Ordinary fingernail clippers may not be strong enough, as you pointed out. How about bigger toenail clippers? Aug 28, 2015 at 19:44

Speaking of this kind of tags:


Warming up the tag by any mean should work; however using water as well will be way more effective.

For example, if possible, immerse the object to which the tag is attached to into hot water; otherwise, pour some hot water on the tag using a sponge or warm up the tag by any other mean.

Either way, if using the hot water method, wait until the tag itself is impregnated and hot enough to come off with ease by gently lifting up the sides.

Warming up the tag works because the heat will melt the glue under the tag, leading the glue to lose strenght enough for the tag to come off; using water as well for some reason, IME, greatly improves the effectiveness of this method.

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