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How to Clean Out a Deep Cut or Scrape

Updated on December 7, 2011

Cleaning a Cut or Scrape

When you get a cut or scrape, you always want to clean it out. A lot of times, cuts get ignored especially when kids get them. Even if a cut is small, it should still be cleaned out. For small cuts or scrapes, using peroxide is sufficient. Just use a cotton ball or tissue, saturate it with peroxide and gently squeeze it to make a drop or two fall onto the cut or scrapes. So this a few times and it's cleaned.

When you get a deep cut of scrape, you can use peroxide which will clean out the area. There are some over the counter cleansers that actually spray and are made to clean out cuts and abbrasions. It's always good to keep one of these cans around. I bought one and it lasted about 3 years. They only cost around $3.00.

After you cleanse the area, put a band-aid on the cut or scrape. Only do this until the end of the day though. Before bed take the band-aid off. This helps your cut heal, it needs air to be able to form a good hard scab. A lot of people keep band-aids on and this can actually delay the healing process and become a breeding ground for bacteria.

You also want to put a small amount of neosporin on your cut or scrape before you put a band-aid on. If the cut is small I wouldn't worry about doing this, but for larger and deeper scrapes and cuts it will help it heal faster.

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    • DeborahFantasia profile image

      Deborah 6 years ago from Italy

      Thank you ! I would be cautious of using soap especially with children for the main reason that soap will sting a cut or scrape, especially a pretty bad one.

      There are so many things that you can use that will disinfect and clean without stinging.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Good and useful information. I have a question. I recently heard that using soap and water is better than peroxide on cuts. What are your thoughts about this?

      Thanks - Rated up and useful.