Sugardine – A Cheap Homemade Antiseptic In 3 Easy Steps

Sugardine – A cheap homemade antisepticSugardine is a homemade antiseptic that uses the antibacterial proprieties of sugar and iodine to prevent and kill infections. Sugardine was developed in the old days as a primary method to treat abscesses and thrush on the hooves of horses. However, only a few people know that this homemade antiseptic is also useful for humans. It is cheap and easy to make, and it is a perfect solution for preppers and survivalists.

Sugardine is a conventional treatment method for horses when it comes to dealing with laminitis, thrush, abscesses and wounds. It’s an efficient method because it draws out infection, improves drainage and it doesn’t damage existing healthy tissue. In fact, it is a method that promotes healthy tissue growth.

Sugardine a homemade antiseptic for every prepper and survivalist

Although it was a well-known folklore antiseptic, just like Dakin’s solution, it wasn’t until 1981 that science proved it works. A five-year study was published in the Southern Medical Journal in 1981 and it stated the following: “The use of sugardine seems to accelerate granulation tissue and epithelial tissue production, thereby covering wounds, burns or ulcers with skin.”

Although it might be true that a diluted sugar solution can feed bacteria and mold when sugar is highly concentrated it hinders the growth of bacteria by sucking out all the moisture out of it. Without moisture and a proper environment bacteria will die. Think of it like this, have you ever had white table sugar grow bacteria or fungus while you’ve stored it?

Adding iodine to make a paste holds the sugar together so you can pack it around the wound, but it also provides a second line of defense. If you add sugar directly on the wound, it will not keep the blood and other fluids from diluting so it will feed the infection rather than killing it.

Modern science explains why sugardine works

Topical application of sugardine stimulates wound healing by activating keratinocytes and fibroblast functions. Besides having an anti-microbial effect, it promotes re-epithelialization and granulation tissue formation.

Sugar accelerates the extra-cellular urokinase-type plasminogen activator (u-PA) and stimulates the transforming growth factor (TGF). The mixture of sugar and iodine acts on wounds not only as an antibiotic agent but also as a modulator for keratinocytes and fibroblasts.

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So if you have a wound like a cut, abscess or burn you can put sugardine on the wound and cover it with a bandage. If the wound is leaking, you will need to replace the sugar on a regular basis. If it gets waterlogged, it will do more harm than good.

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How to make sugardine

To make this homemade antiseptic, you will need table sugar and 10 percent povidone-iodine or Betadine (although it’s more expensive). Remember that when you make sugardine, it’s best to start with an amount of sugar close to the amount of sugardine you need and slowly add the Provodine or Betadine until you get the thick texture. The texture of sugardine should be similar to the one of peanut butter.

Now let’s make sugardine:

  • Mix one part 10 percent betadine or povidone-iodine with sugar

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  • Add more or less sugar to reach the desired consistency. Sugardine should be like thick honey when all mixed together

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  • Put the sugardine on the wound or store it in a container for later use.

After you have placed the sugardine onto the wound, you will want to cover it up with a sterile dressing. Remember to replace it regularly, and continue to do so until the wound has dried out.

You will have to stir the mixture now and then, but the amazing part is that sugardine will never go bad. I have a batch that is two years old and even though the color changed (is darker), it’s still usable.

Sugardine is a homemade remedy. Therefore I recommend you should research anything you read so you are assured of its use and the accuracy of the information provided.

Also, please remember to consult a doctor if you have any queries about using any homemade remedies, or if you seem to have any reactions to them. However, there are very few reported instances of any issues being found while using sugardine.

Another method that works is honey. Many preppers and survivalists have tried honey on contaminated and infected wounds with spectacular results. Manuka honey works best but it is also expensive. You can read more about Honey as survival food and aid in the article below.

Related reading: Honey the ultimate survival food

When it comes to self-healing, every prepper and survivalist should have multiple options for alternative treatments. I recommend learning as much as you can about homemade remedies such as sugardine. You should learn about cheap and easy to use solutions. Solutions that make good use of all the ingredients you’ve stockpiled. If you have not already got the ingredients necessary for sugardine, then we highly recommend buying some and keeping it with the rest of your stock.

Go ahead and print this article for your SHTF library. Make sure to share it with friends and loved ones. You never know when making sugardine at home might come in handy.

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1 thought on “Sugardine – A Cheap Homemade Antiseptic In 3 Easy Steps”

  1. If you want to study how our ancestors treated wounds, then you MUST read this book:

    The Healing Hand ~ Man and Wound in the Ancient World

    by: Guido Majno

    Dr. Majno was a pathologist & an amateur historian. Using his expertise in pathology & lab work, he explored ancient treatment protocols & prescribed remedies in a modern lab environment. His conclusions were surprising at the time. Through lab work, he proved the efficacy of many ancient treatments. He divided the book into chapters by the culture of the ancient healers, i.e. Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, etc.

    Some results that I remember off the top of my head: (I may be wrong about the category of the treatment, such as antiseptic or bacteriostatic, etc)

    1. Red wine as an antiseptic, with 4 year old wine being the most effective.
    2. Verdigris (copper oxide) as a bacteriostatic agent.
    3. Malachite, another form of copper, as a bacteriostatic agent.

    I’ve owned this book since 1975. My copy is quite worn & tattered. It’s been out of print for a long time but is available used at It’s quite expensive, so maybe you can find it through interlibrary loan. You could scan a copy of it & put it on a flash drive…

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