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Homemade Plaster Bandages

Written by Paulo Martirez on Sunday, August 12, 2007

Commercial plaster bandages work best, but they are very expensive. If in a tight budget, you can make homemade plaster bandages. This will only cost you little compare to the commercial plaster bandages. Even children can learn this.

Materials Needed:

• Laundry Starch

• Plaster of Paris (If possible, a high-quality type such as dental plaster of Paris. Keep it in a tightly closed moisture-proof container.)

• Gauze Cloth or Crinoline (Crinoline, which is a high-quality open mesh cloth, works best. Good quality gauze can also be used. Holes should be about 8 to 10 per cm. (20 per inch). Cheesecloth also works, but not as well.)


1. If you use gauze or cheesecloth, first dip it into a weak solution of laundry starch and let it dry. This helps the bandage keep its shape.

2. Cut the cloth into strips of the width you want.

3. Rub plaster powder into the cloth and roll or fold it loosely. Do not roll it tightly or the inner part will not get wet when dipped for use.

Problem: The most common problem is that the gauze does not hold enough of the plaster powder. Even if you put on a lot, some powder always falls out. The test is when you apply the wet bandage. As you rub each layer into the next, the threads of cloth should disappear into the smooth, wet, plaster surface. If not, there is not enough plaster and it will not set hard.

Solution: Have some dry plaster powder ready when you are casting. If needed, sprinkle a little powder over each layer of bandage and rub it smooth with wet hands. Add more to the final layer and rub it in to form a polished surface.

Storage Tip(s): Wrap the plaster bandages in old newspaper or plastic bags and store in an airtight container. Do not prepare too many at a time. They can absorb moisture and spoil.

CAUTION: When wetting for use, up to a third of the plaster may be lost in the water. To reduce loss, put bandage gently into water and then let it drip. If you squeeze it, hold the ends of the roll and gently squeeze toward the center.

Homemade plaster takes longer to get hard than commercial 'fast-setting' plaster. To speed up hardening, heat the water or add a little salt to it.

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  1. 3 comments: Responses to “ Homemade Plaster Bandages ”

  2. By Cindy Dy on August 28, 2015 at 10:44 PM

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  3. By Ravindra Yadav on October 13, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Thanks for this article but I want to open manufacturing industry for pop bandage so for this I need procedure can you please provide me.
    Thank you..

  4. By Ravindra Yadav on October 13, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Thank you for this information but I want to start manufacturing industry so for this I need procedure. Can you please provide me.

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