Dakin’s solution is diluted bleach used to kill germs without hurting a healing wound. Dakin’s solution can be made at home or purchased at Walmart, CVS, or Amazon.
- Bleach, such as Clorox® (unscented at regular concentration)—NOT concentrated bleach
- Baking Soda
- Clean pan with lid
- Sterile measuring cup, spoons, and glass jars for storing Dakin’s solution
Choose one of the following options to sterilize your tools.
- Sterilize tools by running the dishwasher at the highest settings for hot water and heat
- Wash/boil equipment by hand and air dry, do not use a towel
How to make Dakin’s Solution ¼ Strength (.125%)
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Measure out 32 ounces (4 cups) of tap water and pour into a clean pan.
- Boil water for 15 minutes with lid on the pan, remove from heat.
- Add ½ teaspoonful of baking soda to the boiled water.
- Measure one tablespoon and two teaspoons (24ml) of bleach and add it to the water.
- Place the solution in a sterile jar. Close the sterile lid tightly.
- Cover the entire jar with aluminum foil to protect it from light
- Label the jar with the date and time you made the solution
- Dakin’s solution can be stored for one month at room temperature (sealed and covered)
- Throw away unused Dakin’s solution 48 hours after opening jar
- Keep out of reach of children
- Do not use Dakin’s solution longer than one week, unless directed by your doctor
- Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients
- Stop using the solution if the condition worsens, or a rash or any other reaction develops
Call your Doctor
Call your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Increased pain or burning sensation
- Rash or itching
- Redness of skin
- Swelling, hives or blisters
- Signs or symptoms of wound infection