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If you are a Baby Boomer or older, you may fondly remember having bright red liquid lovingly applied to your skinned knees by your mom or the school nurse. Mercurochrome, generically called merbromin, was used frequently back then to clean superficial wounds. In 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared that it was "not generally recognized as safe and effective" as an over-the-counter antiseptic and banned its sale across state lines. While this bright red medicine is still available on a limited basis, it is thought of more so in nostalgic terms rather than as a practical remedy. These days, most people use isopropyl rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as an antiseptic or disinfectant. While there are mixed views on the effectiveness of these products, they can pose serious health risks if used incorrectly.
Natural antiseptics are not only better for your skin, but are environmentally friendly because they are biodegradable. They can come in handy while camping or during natural disasters when you cannot get to a pharmacy. Here are a few suggestions for using natural antiseptics and making simple solutions yourself.
A Few Natural Choices