Safe and Cost-Effective Wound Care Management

Dakin’s wound management solutions are specially formulated for the mechanical cleansing, debridement, and wet-to-dry dressing of acute and chronic wounds, including pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, burns, surgical wounds, and more.

Kills MSRA, VRE, and more within 30 seconds

Effective against biofilm-forming bacteria

Safe, no-rinse wound management formulation

No Antibiotics, Alcohol or Steroids

2-year shelf life, even after opening

2–4 times cheaper than competitor's products

Dakin’s Wound Cleanser and Wound Cleanser Pro

 Dakin’s wound care management solutions are non-irritating, no-wash wound cleansers designed to aid in the treatment of acute and chronic wounds. Both formulations can be used as a wet-to-dry wound dressing solution, or as an irrigant or cleanser for debridement. 

Our Wound Cleansers feature updated labels and are sold as “medical devices” rather than as “drugs,” offering more flexibility for purchasing departments. 

Dakin’s Wound Cleanser is our wound management solution with the same formulation and two-year shelf life as our “Di-Dak-Sol” solution, and uses 0.0125% Sodium Hypochlorite as a solution preservative. 

Dakin’s Wound Cleanser Pro has the same formulation and two-year shelf life as our best-selling drug, Dakin’s Quarter Strength wound management solution. Dakin’s Wound Cleanser Pro uses 0.125% Sodium Hypochlorite as a solution preservative.

Our wound management and wound dressing solutions are non-irritating, do not impede wound healing, and are effective against a wide variety of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and molds.



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Original Dakin’s Solution


Four wound care management formulations for complex, chronic, and everyday wounds

Our original Dakin’s Solution® comes in four different concentrations. This variety of formulations gives wound care professionals and their patients the flexible, affordable, and accessible wound care solutions they need throughout every stage of the recovery process.

Dakin’s wound management solutions are suitable for safely treating:

  • Chronic Wounds
  • Diabetic Ulcers
  • Minimally and Non-Exudating Wounds
  • Palliative Wounds
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Surgical Wounds
  • Venous Ulcers
  • Burns
  • Other applications

Whether the particular injuries you’re treating require our Full Strength, Half Strength, Quarter Strength, or Di-Dak-Sol® you can rest assured knowing you’re using a solution that’s safe, effective, affordable, and long-lasting.



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Frequently-Asked Questions

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When and how should I use Dakin's?

Dakin’s wound care management products may be used in any situation where a wound dressing solution, irrigant, or wound washing formula is needed. We regularly sell to a range of medical professionals, including endocrinologists, podiatrists, surgeons, wound care professionals, hospital pharmacists, and general pharmacies.

Dakin’s has been used for all types of acute and chronic wounds, including:

  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers
  • Venous Stasis Ulcers
  • Pre and Post Surgery Wounds

To use Dakin’s as a wound cleanser, flush the wound or affected area until clean. For wound management, use as an irrigant, cleanser, or as a wet-to-dry wound dressing solution.

Apply once daily for 5-10 minutes for a wound with light or moderate discharge. Apply twice daily for 10-15 minutes for a wound with heavy discharge.

Are Dakin's products available over the counter?

Yes, all of our products are available over the counter (OTC) and do not require prescriptions. View our list of current wholesalers here. For other sales inquiries please contact us.

Additionally, anyone can buy Dakin’s online through our store and through Dakin’s can also be requested for pickup at any CVS Pharmacy or Walmart Pharmacy, as well as many other pharmacies across the US.

Where is the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) or other technical info?

The SDS can be found here. If you’re having trouble finding what you need, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How are stability and expiration monitored and set?

Typical Sodium Hypochlorite Solutions deteriorate quickly, especially when exposed to light, heat, or contamination with metallic ions. The United States Pharmacopeia, current revision, states that Sodium Hypochlorite Topical Solution has a shelf life of seven (7) days after the day on which it was compounded.

In contrast to typical Sodium Hypochlorite solutions, our wound management solutions use high quality, purified water with low metallic ions, and the products are manufactured with special equipment, under current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Due to this extra care, the stability of our Dakin’s® and Di-Dak-Sol® (Diluted Dakin’s Solution®) products is much longer than typical Sodium Hypochlorite Topical Solutions.

Our product shelf life is based on thousands of stability studies performed in the past:

  • Dakin’s Full Strength® (0.50%) — 12 months
  • Dakin’s Half Strength® (0.25%) — 24 months
  • Dakin’s Quarter Strength® (0.125%) — 24 months
  • Di-Dak-Sol® (0.0125%) — 24 months

According to cGMP, at least one lot of each drug manufactured shall be tested annually, until its expiration date, in order to verify the expiration date of the product. In contrast, every single lot of Dakin’s® and Di-Dak-Sol is monitored and tested until its expiration date; and not only once, but many times per year.

While it is costly to perform several stability tests throughout the life of each lot of Dakin’s® and Di-Dak-Sol®, Century has decided to monitor these products for total customer satisfaction.

We do not recommend further dilution of our Dakin’s® and Di-Dak-Sol® products, due to the fact that we cannot control the process, nor the quality of the water used for the dilution. Although we are aware some facilities dilute our products, we cannot guarantee the diluted product’s effectiveness, nor its stability. If dilution is necessary, the final product should be used immediately.

What makes Dakin's by Century Pharmaceuticals, Inc. so unique?

Homemade wound management solutions may last two days, but our products last a year or two, depending on the strength. We follow cGMP standards when manufacturing, and have been serving the medical industry since 1966. 

Our solution is also pH-balanced to ensure maximum safety and efficacy.

How long does Dakin's by Century Pharmaceuticals last once opened?

Dakin’s products are rated for a two-year expiration, even when opened. The exception to this is Dakin’s Solutions Full Strength (0.5%), which lasts a year. For these products to last until expiration, simply keep the cap closed when not in use and store at room temperature (20-25° C /68-77° F), ideally in a medicine cabinet protected from light.

How is Dakin's price set?

Dakin’s is sold mainly to wholesalers at a competitive and consistent price, and you can order from us directly. We cannot control the pricing of Dakin’s from a pharmacy or a third-party online store. For a study on cost-effectiveness, please see the medical study here.

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How to Order Dakin’s Wound Care Management Products

We work with every major medical supply wholesaler in the United States.

Talk to your purchasing department about ordering Dakin’s for your patients.




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“Wound care is kind of thought of as dirty work. It’s looked down upon in the medical profession, so it not only affects the staff working in wound care but also the patient with the wound. Having something that makes them feels clean and gets rid of  the odor is so important for their psych-social well being which is often overlooked. In a world where we now have a huge problem with antimicrobial resistance, there is no resistance to Dakins and it’s extremely cheap.”

Jean McCormack, NP
Founder at Ostomy and Wound Education Academy, NP