Can Liquor Be Used to Clean Out a Wound?
by Jules Stark
Liquor is sometimes shown as an appropriate cleaning agent for wounds in popular media. However, liquor and other alcohols should not be used to clean a wound. Instead, use proper wound care guidelines for first aid.
Effect on Healing
Experts advise that alcohol (of any kind) and hydrogen peroxide should never be used to clean or disinfect a wound, as these substances can interfere with the healing of a wound.
Use running water to properly clean a wound. Soap may be used around the actual injury but it may irritate the wound.
A thin layer of antibiotic ointment or cream can be used to disinfect a wound appropriately.
After cleaning and disinfecting the wound, cover it with a bandage until it has healed enough to be exposed to the air. Change the dressing as needed.
Stitches may be required for deep injuries. Keep an eye on the wound for signs of infection after first aid. A tetanus booster shot may be recommended for some wounds.