Wound cleansing – The first step to support an optimal wound healing

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Why is wound cleansing important?

When the skin is injured, the protective skin barrier is damaged, and dirt and bacteria can enter the body. This can cause a wound infection, which results in further skin damage and a delayed healing process. If not treated rapidly, the infection may spread to deeper tissue and lead to an even more serious health condition. This is why the first step to optimal healing is to ensure the wound is clean and cleansed.

How to cleanse wounds?


We recommend to use the Elastoplast Wound Spray to cleanse wounds fast and pain-free. The solution is colourless, odourless and will prevent effectively from wound infections. It is also suitable for children and sensitive skin.


After stopping the bleeding, spray the entire wound area from a distance of about 10cm to remove dirt and visible particles. Afterwards, gently dry the wound and surrounding skin area. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products’ packages.

Which wounds should be cleansed?

Don’t underestimate a small wound! Irrespective of their size, wounds will heal better if they are first cleansed from dirt, bacteria and visible particles. Cleansing is essential for many types of acute wounds, such as cuts, abrasions, burns and open blisters. Regular cleansing is also recommended for the treatment of chronic and post-operative wounds as per doctor’s instruction.

Why use Elastoplast Wound Spray for wound cleansing?


Disinfection refers to the destruction of microorganisms on the surface of non-living objects. Therefore, the term “disinfection” is misleading in the context of wound care. This is why it is not recommended to use any household disinfectants on damaged skin as it might not only kill bacteria but also harm living skin cells.


By contrast, the Elastoplast Wound Spray is intended to clean dirt and harmful bacteria from the damaged skin. The formula of the Elastoplast Wound Spray is particularly skin-friendly and protects most living skin cells, which are essential for the skin’s regeneration.


Polihexanide (PHMB) is a modern substance which is used in hospitals around the world and widely recommended for the cleansing and decontamination of wounds. It is effective against a broad spectrum of germs and bacteria and at the same time well tolerated by skin and tissue.

Why should alcohol not be used on wounds

Using rubbing alcohol to clean wounds is a common practice which some of us know from our childhood. However, alcohol is not a good choice for treating an injury. When applied on wounds, alcohol burns, which makes it especially unsuitable for children and sensitive skin. Also, alcohol not only destroys bacteria but also living skin cells. Experts recommend to use products that are free of alcohol, for example Elastoplast Wound Spray.


 After you have cleansed your wound, we recommend covering your wound with an Elastoplast Plaster. Learn more about this step.

Always see a doctor if the wound is deep, bleeds heavily or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth. Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products' packages. Important: consult a health professional in case of any uncertainty of treating your wound properly.


For further information regarding Elastoplast products, please contact us via email on (AU and NZ). Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products' packages.