Rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are roughly equally effective when it comes to disinfecting a wound. The only advantages hydrogen peroxide may serve are that it loosens up dirt through its bubbling action, and stings less, making it easier to work with. The disadvantage of both is that they are toxic and can kill healthy skin cells along with the bacteria (this isn’t necessarily a huge risk, but it does exist). The truth is, you don’t necessarily have to kill the germs to make the cut clean. Generally, the best thing you can do for a cut is just run clean water (some recommend boiled water or a saline solution) over the wound to flush out dirt and bacteria. The flow of blood from the skin, along with the flow of water, is usually enough to force any bacteria away without damaging healthy skin cells.
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