How to Make Saline Solution to Clean a Wound. If you are out camping or hiking, and one of your companions trips and suffers a wound, you will have to help clean it. Straight water can be harsh on wounds, but a simple saline solution can clean the wound, be soothing and help stave off infection. Read on to learn how to make saline solution to clean a wound.
Things You'll Need
- 1 tsp. salt
- Eye dropper
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 8 oz. water
- Something to stir with
- Storage container
Make the Solution
Start a fire or turn on a stove and place the pot on it.
Pour in the water and let it heat. Be very careful not to let the water boil over.
Take the pot off of the heat before the water boils, then pour in the salt and baking soda.
Stir until the salt and baking soda are diluted. When finished the solution should have a slightly cloudy color.
Take the pot off of the heat and let it cool to "room temperature."
Pour the solution from the pot into your plastic storage container. You should have approximately 1 pint (8 oz.) of saline solution.
Apply the Solution
Fill the eye dropper with some of the solution and drop it into the wound as needed. Don't worry about dropping too much. Use as much as necessary until the wound is clean and no longer bleeding.
Use a gentle touch to apply gauze to the clean wound. This will help it absorb the saline solution.
Seal the container as tightly as possible, so that the solution remains sterile and usable for a later time.
Dress the wound as needed, taking to care to re-clean and re-dress the wound when necessary.