IODEX: An Old-Fashion First Aid Remedy

Iodex, Topical Antiseptic Ointment, Regular 1 oz. Box

From skinned knees to stubborn splinters, Iodex® has been a trusted part of the family home medicine chest since 1910. This old-fashion, time-tested ointment is the perfect first aid go-to remedy for cuts, boils, abrasions and more.

Historically known as a “black salve”, Iodex contains iodine which has both antiseptic and antibacterial properties essential for wound healing.  Even the smallest cut can cause a “big ouch” when touched with iodine. Iodex eliminates the “ouch” and promotes healing painlessly through the slow release of iodine.

For over 100 years, families, including my own, have reported significant improvement when applying Iodex to cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes, carbuncles, sores and minor burns. Keep a jar handy in your home medicine cabinet, with your camping gear, in your car or at work. The sooner Iodex is applied to the affected area, the better the chances of reducing infection.

What is IODEX®?

Iodex ointment contains 4.7% Iodine which is a commonly used topical antiseptic. An antiseptic has the ability to reduce the possibility of infection. Iodex aids in fighting and inhibiting the growth of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes on the skin which can significantly improve the healing time of a cut, scrape, sore or splinter. When an infection is present in a wound, the area is often sore and painful. Applying Iodex to a wound combats the germs and relieves the pain and soreness surrounding it.

Iodine combines with a hydrating base to lock in moisture and allow the affected areas on the skin to remain soft and supple, promoting faster healing time. Unlike many other medicated ointments, Iodex will not burn or sting when applied.

Give your skin the protection it needs to restore itself to a healthy state.

What can IODEX® be used for?

Customers report that Iodex has been successfully used for:

  • Minor Cuts and Scrapes
  • Pimples, Lesions & Blisters
  • Rashes & Minor Burns
  • Splinters
  • …and more!

We love hearing and reading about the many ways families have benefited from using Iodex ointment. Please feel free to share your personal stories and healing experiences.
© Baar Products, Inc., 2016

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12 thoughts on “IODEX: An Old-Fashion First Aid Remedy

    1. Baar Service

      Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your thoughts and questions. 40 years is a long time, even for Iodex. It may be prudent to get a new jar. That way you will be assured of receiving a safe and effective product. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please call our customer service department at 1-800-269-2502, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm ET, or Contact Us.

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  2. dhanuka

    Sir, Pleaseadvise meHowtouse rub Iodex for asprain in lower vetebra joint ?
    Should I rub it Upwards or siedways? do I have to Ferment or keepIce before applying Iodex oitment?
    await reply soon Best regards mano dhanuka

    1. Baar Service

      Hello Mano,

      Thank you for contacting us. These instructions are for the Iodex, Topical Antiseptic Ointment manufactured in the United States. Apply to the lower back and rub until color disappears. If area is too tender, apply freely and cover with a light loose bandage. If you have any further questions, concerns, or would like more information, you may reply to us here or from our contact page or call our customer service department at 1-610-873-4591, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm ET.


      Customer Service Dept
      Baar Products Inc

  3. D. L. VanDame

    I am 67 and I remember from some of my earliest memories of my parents using Iodex on all of us kids and later when I married (in my 20’s) I always kept a bottle of Iodex for my family and to this day I keep and use it. Recently when stung by a yellow jacket and it was getting infected I used a little dab of Iodex a bandaid and two days later it was cleared up. I have always used Iodex as a “drawing” salve when a splinter gets infected. If I remember right I paid a couple of dollars for a one ounce bottle that I am still using, that is how old it is and it still works just fine. I am surprised by the current price but it is still a bargain because you don’t need to use much and it keeps forever.

  4. Carl Wimmer

    The best stuff ever, bar-none. I am extremely prone to ingrown toenails. Anyone who has had one, knows how painful they can get. Iodex is the only thing that works for me to take away the infection and pain. I fix my own toenails, and while I do not recommend that for everyone, if you suffer from painful, infected ingrown toenails, get yourself some iodex! You’ll never regret it.

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    1. Baar Service

      The Regular Iodex has 4.7% Iodine in it that we believe is helpful as an anti-inflammatory. This in turn helps with pain. The other Iodex has Methyl Salicylate and Iodine that helps to relieves minor aches and pains. It is the Methyl Salicylate that you may referring to that gives the numbing effect.

      You may find more information on the Regular Iodex here:

      You may find more information on the Iodex with the Methyl Salicylate here:


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