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If there is too much cleanliness is detrimental to

the Hygiene is such a thing. Every Second will be used, according to a survey, at least occasionally disinfectant. At the same time, two thirds save the thorough washing of hands after using the toilet. Hygiene is an area in the excessive activism dangerous and Reliability are equally distributed. What hygiene measures are unnecessary or even harmful and what you should consider instead.

pre-wash in the washing machine

anyone Who thinks that to be thoroughly, happily, in addition to the pre-wash cycle of the washing machine. "Useless and possibly counterproductive," says Ernst Tabori, medical Director of the German Advisory centre for Hygiene of the University hospital Freiburg.

The pre-wash cycle eliminates germs, for this, he distributed, but particularly well. That is, he rinses under certain circumstances, bacteria from the pants on the dish towel. The main course of washing at low temperatures, are not pathogen-eliminated sufficiently. The result: Some of the lingerie pieces come verkeimter out of the washing machine, as they came into it.

should Laundry Alternative: , provided it can tolerate the Material, at 60 degrees wash. This treatment most germs can't survive. The cooking program, offering barely an additional Benefit. Garments may be washed only at low temperatures, one can back the germs, under certain circumstances, in a different way with heat to the body: with the sun when Drying in the open air and the iron.

hygiene accessories in the washing machine

"Disinfecting additives added to the washing powder in the normal household is unnecessary," says Tabori. For this, you increase your risk of Allergy, if the active ingredient remains on the clothes. In addition, these additives can pollute the environment.

Whether out of the washing machine, the toilet or the cleaning bucket: All the disinfectant, hold out of the house into the wastewater, the damage those bacteria that break down pollutants biologically. Harmful organic Compounds and chemicals can enter surface water, and possibly through the food chain back to people.

Alternative: option should be washing agents. The included bleach to attack bacteria. In addition, the following applies: The washing machine should be able to dry out, so that no moist germs settle. To door and detergent compartment wipe and leave it open, as well as the lint filter regularly clean.

foot showers in the swimming pool

duty is guilty of a lot of swimming pool visitors to keep their feet under the cold jet of disinfectant. But: "So, how are these showers are applied, you will have no Benefit," says Tabori.

if you Wanted to disinfect the feet seriously, you would have to be dried and a longer period of time in the concentrated solution left. The typical Spray off in the swimming pool is too short and too inaccurate to eliminate germs safely. The lack of Benefit, the risk is that the solution attacks the skin and allergenic potential.

Alternative: Slippers in a swimming pool protect you better against foot fungus.

toilet-cleaning under the edge

you can advertise in order to distribute the microorganisms to the brim: toilet cleaner with a curved bottle neck. Tabori has for this invention, only one word: "Humbug". Firstly, it is not likely to settle below the edge of too many germs, because in every rinse cycle of nine liters of water flowing around down there and tear many of the microorganisms. And even if there were bacteria should find it: Hardly anyone comes in contact with them. What normal person uses because under the toilet rim?

all of the other disinfectants for the toilet keeps Tabori is superfluous. You should make the toilet as promised, germ-free, you would have to apply it consistently after each use. But that has more risks than Benefits, Because the funding burden during your application, the air and damage the environment.

Alternative: In the private household of healthy people, it is enough, the toilet clean with environmentally friendly cleaning agents – and to make it clear: The toilet is a germs. To use them in the intended way, micro-organisms in the body.

The Disinfection of the hands

The person sitting next to you on the subway is coughing, the woman in the queue behind a sneeze: you Should not bottle immediately be Disinfection or cloth? Or, at least, home to the anti-bacterial soap?

Also there is no need, says Tabori. On the contrary, anyone Who applies permanent disinfectant runs the risk of compromising the natural skin flora. In the supposed fight against pathogens it is not damaged so that precisely the barrier that serves as the natural defense against the pathogen. In addition, disinfectants and additives allergic skin reactions.

Alternative: pathogen, be well disposed of, if the hands with water and (regular) soap to be washed thoroughly. This is particularly important after using the toilet, after the stay in full public spaces such as subways and in front of the food. This may sound trivial, however, studies show that in about two-thirds of the cases the toilet without proper hand washing to leave. Hand disinfectants are, however, outside of medical institutions, and if it is on the way and no way to wash your hands sensibly.

The shaving of body hair

"For the Hygiene, it does not matter whether you leave the hair on the body, or are," says Tabori. Neither the amount of the sweat nor the smell of the affected by the hair. When Shaving, however, the skin can be damaged and ignite.

Alternative: showers with a mild shower and regular Change of clothes.

(Sunday newspaper)

Created: 29.12.2018, 23:01 Uhr

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