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How to Clean & Protect Cuts: Simple as 1-2-3


When you or your loved one has a cut, you want it to heal as quickly as possible. Minor cuts and scrapes can become contaminated with dirt and germs, which may cause infection and delay healing. That’s why the BAND-AID® Brand recommends this easy-to-follow 3-step process to promote better healing.


  1. Cleaning a Cut or Scratch Thoroughly flush and clean the affected area with mild soap and water or try BAND-AID® Brand HURT-FREE® Antiseptic Wash* and allow to dry. It's specially formulated to temporarily relieve pain and itch while helping to wash away dirt and germs. *For adults and children 2 years and older.
  2. Covering the Cut or Scratch NEOSPORIN® First Aid Antibiotic provides long-lasting infection protection. NEOSPORIN®First Aid Antibiotic and a bandage help heal minor wounds four days faster than a bandage alone and may help minimize the appearance of scars. (*For adults and children 2 years and older.)
  3. Protecting a Cut or Scratch Cover the affected area with a BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage—and keep it covered until the wound is completely healed. This protects the wound from water, dirt, and germs that can cause infection, thereby helping to promote fast healing.