At First Aid Supplies Online, we get lots of calls from customers who want to know what first aid supplies to put in their first aid kits. We get first aid kit questions from all over America from individuals, institutions and businesses of wide variety.
One of the most common questions that comes up is alcohol wipes versus antiseptic wipes. There are a lot of people out there that think that you should clean a cut or scrape with an alcohol wipe. Wrong.
Never, ever, ever use alcohol on a bleeding wound.
Because an antiseptic wipe with BZK (Benzakonium Chloride) does a better job of killing the germs without damaging the wound or causing pain.
Those of you old enough to remember Merthiolate or Mercurochrome know that you don’t see these two items around anymore. You might also remember that both of these handy items that Mom used on your scraped knees stung like heck. That’s because both of these remedies contained large amounts of, you guessed it alcohol.
Mercurochrome got banned finally because it contained Mercury too!
So when you see the alcohol wipes in your first aid kit use them to clean things. Like tweezers or scissors.
Use the antiseptic wipes to clean your bloody wound.