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Germ Combatting with Germolene Kids Antiseptic Wipes
Germolene Kids Antiseptic Wipes
Member Name: Foodiegirly
Germolene Kids Antiseptic Wipes
Advantages: Handy to have a sachet or two for emergencies
Disadvantages: Cost a lot more than normal wipes
I bought these a while back from an independent chemist to wipe my daughter's grazed knee. I would normally buy stores own brand products as they are usually cheaper, but it was an emergency and this was the first chemist we came across after she tripped and fell - being a drama queen she insisted we find a chemist to buy plasters and something to clean up with. I think that they cost me around £2.50.
The antiseptic wipes come in a pack of ten individually wrapped foil sachets which helps preserve their freshness and is more hygienic because they dont come into contact with any germs. They claim to work in two ways - to cleanse and to protect against germs and infections. You just tear the foil sachet and remove the wipe, unfold it and gently wipe or dab round the wound. I can vouch that they clean up a grazed area quite nicely. They are damp, but not too wet and have a pleasant slightly antiseptic smell. They also contain aloe which is meant to sooth but they still sting a little when cleaning a grazed area. They are not as large as the normal wipes that you would use for removing make up or wiping babies bottoms, and they are not as thick or soft, so a single wipe would not be useful for cleaning up a lot of blood or even a large grazed area.
The antiseptic wipes are impregnated with a variety of ingredients, as follows;
Hamamelis Virginiana Water
Sodium Benzoate (E211)
PPG-2 Methly Ether
Aloe Barbadensis Extract
Not everyone would be happy with the alcohol content, which I am sure is minimal, but for those that are, Savlon produce alcohol free antiseptic wipes.
Germolene also make other products that can be used alongside the wipes on cuts and minor injuries such as antiseptic cream, wound care cream and new skin.
I haven't been able to find out why they are described as kids antiseptic wipes, as opposed to general antiseptic wipes. They are similar to all other brands that I have used that don't specify 'kids' and I have used them myself when I have cut myself, in order to clean the wound and (hopefully) kill any germs that might be lurking there. Maybe its because children incur little injuries more often - I used to carry a mini first aid kit with me when my children were little and I always had a couple of antiseptic wipe sachets in it.
They can be bought from Sainsburys, many independent chemists and several online outlets including Amazon and Pharmacy 2 U. Prices seem to range from £1.79 (The Health Counter) to £3.95 (Ebay). They do work out quite expensive per wipe - from 18p to 40p, but you are paying for the convenience of having antiseptic at hand and in an easy to use format when you are out and about. It would be cheaper to use a piece of cotton wool and warm water to cleanse with at home, followed by a smear or two of antiseptic cream. That said, if you are lazy like me you will still use the wipes.
I have given them 4 stars purely because they cost a little more than the stores own brand versions. All brands, including Germoline appear to do what they say, ie they keep the wound clean and I personally prefer them to using antiseptic cream because the wound dries up quicker.
Summary: A convenient and easy way to clean minor wounds and prevent infection
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