When dealing with a wound the first and foremost issue tends to be keeping the wound clean and free of bacteria, debris, or other contaminants. Although you know how to keep your hands clean when handling wounds, you may not be as aware when it comes to cleaning cloth bandages. Cloths can be used in placed of prepackaged sterile bandages, which is great during an emergency when prepackaged anything is going to be a rare and valuable find. However cloth has the bad habit of being dirty and terrible for wounds even when it appears to be “clean” by your usual standards, so let’s make sure you know how to both make and maintain your store of cloth bandages.
Disclaimer: This advice should be used only as a last resort when proper medical care is unavailable.For safest results you can use properly packaged and sealed sterile bandages if you are uncertain about the quality of your own homemade stuff. Improperly cleaned or used bandages can cause infections, illness, and even death in a wounded person so if you have any questions about them contact a medical professional.
In a true emergency with many people injured you can make bandages out of just about any cloth at all, but if you have the chance to be more selective there are some ideal traits of a good bandage: