Modified Dakin's Solution

This easy-to-prepare, inexpensive, and disinfecting solution can be prepared at home. Always follow these quantities, and prepare a new solution each time you need it. Use it for external use only. Discard any unused portion.

Modified Dakin's Solution
4% bleach (e.g., La Parisienne™)5 mL (1 teaspoon) in 800 mL (3 cups) boiled water
6% bleach (e.g., Javex™)5 mL (1 teaspoon) in 1200 mL (5 cups) boiled water
Use once or twice daily.
Protect intact skin.
Rinse the skin with boiled water after treatment.

This solution should not be use on a regular basis. Some believe that, even though it is an effective antiseptic, it may sometimes delay healing.

You can also prepare a chlorine-free solution at home. It is very effective but more expensive. It is odourless and will not discolour clothes.

Chlorhexidine 1:2000 Solution
20% Hibitane solution (Baxedin™)2.5 mL (1/2 teaspoon) in 1 litre (4 cups) water)
Discard any unused portion

Remember: Washing the hands frequently is a simple measure that significantly reduces the risk of transmitting most contagious diseases.

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