How to soak a wound in salt water

Updated February 21, 2017

Treating a wound is the best way to prevent infection. When an injury occurs, cleaning and bandaging the wound helps it heal with little or no scarring. Instead of spending money on chemist shop products, use common household items to treat the wound.

Combine the salt and the warm water in a bowl.

Stir the mixture with a spoon to dissolve the salt into the water.

Soak the wound in the salt water. Or soak a wash cloth in the salt water and apply it to the wound. Apply a bandage.

Soak the wound for 20 minutes three times a day. Change the bandage daily.

Continue soaking the wound until the infection is cleared. Then, clean the wound once a day and change the bandage.


See your GP if the wound doesn't start to heal after two days or if you notice redness around the wound site.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 litre (1 quart) warm water
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) salt
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Wash cloth
  • Bandages
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