Dakin Dip (Antiseptic Solution)
This easy-to-use, inexpensive and effective solution can be quickly prepared at home. However, it is important to respect the proportions indicated below. The Dakin solution should always be freshly prepared. Just mix the bleach and the water. Discard the unused portion.
- 4% bleach (eg La Parisienne)
- 5 mL in 800 mL of warm boiled water (1 teaspoon in 3 cups of water)
- 6% bleach (eg Javex)
- 5 mL in 1200 mL of boiled water (1 tsp in 5 cups of water)
- Use for 20 minutes, 3 times a day.
- Then rinse the skin with warm boiled water.
This preparation should not be used on a regular basis. It is thought that even if it acts as an effective antiseptic, it could in some cases delay healing. An alternative preparation without chlorine can also be prepared. It is very effective although a little more expensive. It is odorless and does not discolour tissue. Remember that a simple measure such as frequent hand washing greatly reduces the risk of transmission of most infectious diseases.
This solution is suitable for the whole family.
- 1 liter (4 cups) of tap water
- 10 ml (2 teaspoons) salt *
- 2.5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) of baking soda
- Boil the water for 3 minutes with large broths.
- Add the ingredients to the boiled water.
This solution can be stored for 7 days in a refrigerator in a clean glass container with a tight lid. Every evening, shake the solution container to thoroughly dissolve the salt that has settled in the bottom during refrigeration and prepare the amount needed for the next 24 hours.
Keep this amount of saline solution at room temperature overnight. She will be ready to
to be used the next morning. To avoid contamination between family members, pour the saline solution into small clean containers