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Personal hygiene is important to all of us. Since the beginning of history, people have been careful that they are pure according to their possibilities, even if every generation had its own idea of purity. That there are substances that have disinfectant potential was only discovered much later.
In connection, the disinfectant conquered the world by storm and is used everywhere today to prevent infections with bacteria or viruses. Disinfectants were only discovered in the 19th century.
First, the remedy was applied to disinfect sewer pipes in London. It was only in 1966 that the hand disinfectant as we know it today came onto the market. First, it was used only in the field of nursing. 1988 was the disinfectant on an alcoholic basis then also available in regular shops.
1. This is how disinfectant really works
Disinfectant mainly consists of alcohol, it is very effective and destroys various bacteria and viruses quite easily. Therefore disinfectant can be used very well, to safely protect yourself from infection.
Manufacturers often promise on the packaging of this disinfectant that it kills 99.9% of all viruses and bacteria. In reality, however, this does not work that way. It can be assumed, that many bacteria and viruses are destroyed by the alcohol, but almost 100% of the microorganisms are never destroyed.
Because otherwise would too all the good bacteria on our skin are destroyed, which we need in our daily life to stay healthy.
2. This is how it works best
Hand cleaners containing alcohol should be used when there is no more dirt on your hands, that is, the hands should be washed first if possible and then you should only then apply an antibacterial gel.
Many people use hand disinfectant if they have no access to soap and clean water. However, it is advisable to wipe your hands with wet wipes beforehand and remove as much dirt as possible.
Only then can the disinfectant gel also wet the skin over a large area and thus kill bacteria and viruses. If you really have no other option to at least roughly remove dirt from your hands, using the product alone is of course still better than keeping your hands dirty.
3. You really need that much
Antibacterial cleansers for the skin also say: You don’t have to be lavish. Especially in times when the fear of being infected with viruses or bacteria is very high, Many people use too much disinfectant on their skin.
This quickly leads to the skin dries up and dry skin leads to cracks. Cracks or small wounds make it easier for germs and bacteria to penetrate the body.
All you need is a pea-sized drop of gel, which is then spread out and rubbed in hand until the hands are dry again. This should be about 30 seconds last. The hands should follow no longer be damp, the disinfectant should be completely absorbed.
4. Not just for the hands
Disinfectant Incidentally, it cannot only be used to disinfect hands. It can also be used around Screens from Smartphones, Tablets and the like to clean.
This makes the surfaces shiny and any viruses or bacteria that have deposited are destroyed. So the technical devices are safe again for use. Generally, disinfectants are very suitable for cleaning different surfaces. With gel-based alcohol permanent markers can also be removed from whiteboards.
Even in small accidents, where the marker landed on the t-shirt, a drop of alcohol gel can help to remove the stains. Anyone who is plagued by mosquito bites can put a little disinfectant on the bite and feel it quick relief from itching.
5. Bad, rough hands
Especially for employees in the medical field one often sees that the skin of the hands is slightly or even severely damaged. Many people think, that this is due to the more frequent use of disinfectants.
However, this is not the only cause because many things can also play a role. This includes, e.g. washing too often with soap and water or wearing gloves without interruption. However, these are both things that are essential in inpatient care.
Therefore, nurses or doctors often have more skin problems on their hands. So it is not just on the disinfectant alone.
6. Disinfectants and gloves are not compatible
By the way, those who wear gloves every day in their job, take care that the gloves not be cleaned with disinfectant should. The most common are the unpowdered latex gloves.
These are free of allergens and are therefore suitable for use in all possible areas, from medical professions to the food industry. It is very important, however, that gloves should not be disinfected because the Disinfectants can change the material of the gloves.
So the gloves can, for example, drying out, cracking, or thinning in some places. However, it is worth disinfecting your hands before and after wearing gloves, just in case something got under your gloves.
7. Don’t be afraid on public toilets
We often feel slightly paranoid. Especially, when we are in public toilets. In fact, studies have found that it is quite sufficient to wash your hands with soap and water. So you don’t need to go to public toilets after every visit Disinfectant.
However, it should be noted that when leaving the toilet room the door is not touched with washed hands, but the door handle is operated with the elbow or a paper towel is used to use the door handle. This also applies to at home, especially when there are guests.
Naturally can be assumed that there are fewer infections in-house, especially, when a lot of people come and going there, are also precautions.
8. It depends on the ingredients
You can also make disinfectants yourself however, studies have shown that agents with 60% to 95% alcohol best kill germs. Disinfectants that don’t contain alcohol are pretty bad at fighting off bacteria and viruses.
There are often recipes to make disinfectants yourself that contain, for example, aloe vera or similar agents. Unfortunately, they do not kill bacteria or viruses and mostly just dry out the skin. There must be a certain amount of alcohol in the gel for this to work.
One should therefore Always give good information first before copying a recipe or buys a new disinfectant.
9. The only safe method
Only that Combination of washing hands and then using disinfectant definitely kills 99% of all germs as well as viruses and bacteria. Of course, the disinfectant is also important is only suitable for external use.
Alcoholic gels must not be taken because they contain ethyl alcohol, which is extremely toxic to humans. It is not suitable for treating colds in the throat, for example. The disinfectant should therefore, be kept somewhere there, where kids can’t reach.
Should a child accidentally do so Have taken disinfectant, then the poison emergency call should be contacted as soon as possible and a doctor should be consulted.
10. Did you know that?
There are even an international handwashing day every year. This takes place every year on October 15th. On the other hand, In addition, International Hand Hygiene Day takes place every year on May 5th.
Above all, this should draw attention to how medical personnel should handle hand hygiene. The international handwashing day is aimed not only at hospitals but also at all adults, children, schools, and kindergartens.
Because even these facilities like to be breastplates of various pathogens. If the kids learn from an early age how to use soap and disinfectants properly, diseases, and their spread, can affect all of us to be more and more contained.
11. Most pathogens
Hands by medical personnel are still the most widely used way to transmit viruses and bacteria in healthcare. Hand hygiene is therefore extremely important, especially in this area.
The right-hand hygiene helps against various pathogen groups like bacteria, viruses and fungi. There are various diseases that can actually be transmitted through poor hand hygiene, including tuberculosis, but also diseases with multi-resistant pathogens.
To avoid transmission is therefore precisely in these areas an exact and frequently used hygiene, as well as regular and above all properly disinfected hands of enormous importance.