Cost-Effective and Safe Wound Cleansers

Solutions for the mechanical cleansing and debriding of acute and chronic wounds, like pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, burns or surgical wounds.

Kills MSRA, VRE, and more within 30 seconds

Effective against biofilm-forming bacteria

Safe, no-rinse formulation

No Antibiotics, Alcohol or Steroids

2-year shelf life, even after opening

2–4 times cheaper than competitor's products

Dakin’s Wound Cleansers


Dakin’s Wound Cleanser is a non-irritating, no-wash cleanser that’s gentle on skin but effective for helping to treat both acute and chronic wounds.

Dakin’s Wound Cleanser has the same formulation as our “Di-Dak-Sol” and “Woundclenz” solutions. Our Wound Cleansers feature updated labels and are sold as “medical devices” rather than a “drugs”, offering more flexibility for purchasing departments.

Dakin’s Wound Cleanser Pro is the same formulation as our best selling drug, Dakin’s Quarter Strength. This solution uses 0.125% Sodium Hypochlorite as a solution preservative.

Our formulas 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

Comes in 4 strengths

There are four different strengths of our original Dakin’s Solution®. We offer a variety of formulations to help you achieve the ideal balance for each wound.

Our solutions are suitable for safely treating:

  • Chronic Wounds
  • Non/Minimally Exudating Wounds
  • Palliative Wounds
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Surgical Wounds
  • Venous Ulcers
  • Other applications

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


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Frequently-Asked Questions

#1—It’s pronounced, “Day-kinz”. Find more answers below!

When and how should I use Dakin's?

Dakin’s is used in any situation where there is a need to safely irrigate or wash wounds. 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

Flush wound or affected area until clean. For wound management, use as an irrigant, cleanser or the wetting agent for a wet-to-moist dressing.

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

Additionally, anyone can buy Dakin’s online though our store (coming soon) and through Dakin’s can also be requested for pickup at any CVS Pharmacy or Walmart Pharmacy, as well as many other pharmacies across America.

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 is 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 Century’s Dakin’s® and Di-Dak-Sol® products 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 are much longer than typical Sodium Hypochlorite Topical Solutions.

Product Shelf life 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?

No other version of Dakin’s Solution is as stable or long-lasting. Our solution is pH-balanced to ensure maximum safety and efficacy.

Home made solutions may last 2 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. 

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 till 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. You can order from us directly. We cannot control the pricing of Dakin’s from a pharmacy or online store. For a study on the cost effectiveness, please see the medical study here.

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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