How Do You Remove Betadine Stains From Your Skin?

To remove Betadine stains from your skin, clean the area with warm soap and water until the stain is gone. If the stain is still visible, use rubbing alcohol to remove the remaining stain.

  1. Clean the stain immediately

    When Betadine dries on the skin, it’s difficult to remove. Wash the Betadine stain with warm water and soap as soon as possible. Continue scrubbing the stain until all of the Betadine is gone. It may take several washes before the Betadine stain disappears.

  2. Use rubbing alcohol

    If the stain remains after scrubbing, use a cotton ball to apply rubbing alcohol to the stain. Rub the cotton ball in a circular motion on the stain for 30 seconds, then pat the stain dry with a paper towel. Use a new cottonball and more rubbing alcohol, and continue cleansing the stain until the Betadine stain is no longer visible.

  3. Use caution

    If the Betadine stain surrounds a surgical area, follow the post surgical cleansing instructions you were given by your doctor. Use caution when cleaning around a surgical opening, as you do not want to get soap or alcohol in the wound. Dry Betadine stains may take a few days of regular cleansing to completely disappear.