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My boyfriend rides his bike to work when the weather permits but unfortunately last summer he came off his bike when his wheels slipped on some oil on the road. He broke his little finger and had a few bumps and grazes. He was only wearing lycra cycling pants and they offered no resistance to the road underneath. His thigh had a giant scrape down it and there were bits of grit and dust stuck in the open skin. He was very brave (not) and on my way home I called in the pharmacist to pick up some TCP. They did not have any so I bought the Savlon antiseptic wash instead.
==Price and availability==
The Savlon wash cost me £1.99 and it is available in supermarkets and pharmacists alike.
The 500ml bottle is made from plastic with a twist cap. The cap can be used to measure amounts in. The liquid was quite frothy when I opened it and contains the active ingredients of cetrimide 3% and chlorhexidine gluconate 0.3%. It is antiseptic but unlike other medicinal products of the same nature it does not have that horrible disinfectant hospital smell and in fact smells fairly pleasant.
The bottle advises you to dilute it before use so in the case of my boyfriends cut leg, I filled a small bowl with warm water and added two capfuls of the liquid. Using cotton wool balls I then washed the cut and tried to get all the bits of grit and dust out to prevent it becoming infected.
The liquid really made his squirm so it certainly does sting when you apply it but at least you know it is working. The liquid stopped the cut becoming infected and helped us clean it. It is now stored in our medical cupboard for the next time one of us has an accident.
I'm pleased with the Savlon liquid and I much prefer it to the other smellier products that are similar. It has an array of different uses but the common theme is that it fights bacteria and keeps cuts and grazes free from anything that could cause an infection.
I would definitely recommend this product, I think the price is really reasonable for the 500ml bottle and as you need to dilute it, there will always be plenty. You can also buy the 250ml version but you get more for your money with the bigger bottle and it also has a long expiration date.