In a survival situation, even small wounds can be deadly. If not kept clean, your body can go septic, which is difficult to treat without modern medicine. Fortunately, there is an easy DIY antiseptic you can use to quickly and easily clean wounds that is perfect for survivalists and preppers.
It’s called Daikin’s solution, and it was developed during WWI to treat soldier’s wounds in the field. It is credited with saving hundreds of lives during that war, and is one of the safest and most effective antiseptics you can find.
It is essentially just bleach and water, making it incredibly simple to prep for and make. Here’s how:
- Sterile jar and lid
- Clean pan and lid
- Sterile measuring cups and spoons
- Baking soda
- Measure out 4 cups of water and pour into the clean pan you have prepared
- Boil water for 15 minutes, with the lid on, then remove from heat
- Using your sterilized measuring spoon, measure 1/2 tsp baking soda to the boiled water
- Now, you will add bleach to complete the solution. Add enough bleach for your desired strength. See chart below to determine how much you should add:
Once you have added the bleach, the solution is complete. Pour into your sterile jar and close tightly with the lid. This solution will keep for 2-3 weeks on the shelf, stored in a cool, dark place. Once you have used it, discard after 24 hours if you do not use the rest.
Use as you would any store-bought antiseptic cleaner, which is typically to pour it over wounds before dressing. For deep wounds, this is an ideal solution to use for irrigation, so it’s probably good to keep a plastic syringe for irrigation in your first aid kit as well.
Keeping wounds clean and covered with fresh bandages is the key to quick healing and warding off infections or septic. Add this simple recipe to your survival arsenal to help you treat serious wounds when disaster strikes.
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