Knowing how to make Dakin’s solution could save your life.
Even a minor break in the skin can lead to an extremely dangerous infection, so having an antiseptic on hand is very useful.
Sure, you can buy antiseptics at most pharmacies, but what happens after SHTF and medical supplies run low?
You’ll be surprised at how simple it is to make this powerful germ-killing solution on your own. In fact, it’s likely that you already have all the ingredients in your house right now.
Prevent Infection Using Dakin’s Solution
A cut or wound doesn’t have to look or feel serious to pose a major health risk.
Any break in the skin can allow germs and other pathogens into your body if the wound isn’t properly cleaned.
First aid kits are great, but it’s important to have a backup you can turn to if you ever run out of supplies.
And antiseptics like Dakin’s solution can significantly reduce the risk of infection, sepsis, and putrefaction.
In a crisis, the risk of infectious disease is high, so knowing how to make your own antiseptic solution is definitely a good skill for every prepper to have.
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Ingredients Needed to Make Dakin’s Solution
You can probably find everything you need to make Dakin’s solution right in your kitchen.
- Clorox or similar household bleach (Note: avoid using thick or scented bleach)
- Baking Soda
- Tap water
- Pan with lid
- Measuring cup
- Jar with lid
To start, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before preparing the solution.
Once that’s done, measure out 4 cups of tap water and boil it for 15 minutes in a clean pan.
Next, turn off the heat and add ½ a teaspoon of baking soda to the water.
Now, you have to decide what strength of Dakin’s solution you wish to make. This will determine the amount of bleach you use.
- 95 ml. of bleach for full strength.
- 48 ml. of bleach for half strength.
- 24 ml. of bleach for 1/4th
- 12-14 ml. of bleach for 1/8th
Add the bleach to the water and pour the solution into a sterile jar and close the lid tightly.
If your plan is to store the solution, it’s recommended to keep the jar in a dark area like inside a cupboard or to cover the jar with aluminum foil.
Unopened jars can be stored for up to one month so make sure to label the solution with a date before putting it away.
Bonus: Video Instructions
Sugardine – Another Homemade Antiseptic
Mainly used for treating wounds on horses, sugardine is a mix of sugar and 10% iodine and can be used as an antiseptic in an emergency. Iodine is an antiseptic by itself and sugar prohibits both bacterial and fungal growth.
Like Dakin’s solution, sugardine is easy to make if you have the ingredients.
Simply mix one part iodine with two parts white sugar and stir them together until the mixture has roughly the same consistency as peanut butter.
As the video above states, iodine is toxic at high quantities so keep that in mind if you ever need to apply sugardine to a wound.
Remember, homemade solutions should be considered a last resort for times when going to the hospital isn’t an option.
Hopefully, that never happens, but at least you’ll have a few options available if worse comes to worst.