Ignoring physical pain, is it better to use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean small wounds?

  • Neither. Use plain soap and water.
    – Carey Gregory
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 20:34

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I think alcohol is better than peroxide for the reasons stated above.

Nevertheless, from an evidence stand-point, there is no really strong evidence for basically any solution over the other or even for whether to clean or not clean wounds.

Personally (and what is preferred by most in daily practice and generally recommended in guidelines as well) is cleaning with a running solution (either isotonic saline or water) as it's believed that the largest part of the cleaning is actually done by mechanically pushing the germs off the wounded region.

The effects of water compared with other solutions for wound cleansing

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