Disinfectants and pregnancy - Is disinfection dangerous?

Expecting a baby and worried if using disinfectants could affect your little one’s development?

We have collected all the information about disinfectants and pregnancy for you.

Desinfektionsmittel und Schwangerschaft – Ist Desinfektion gefährlich?

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Disinfectant and pregnancy

Vapors, ingredients, alcohol content, protection factor against infections – logically, when it comes to your baby and the proper use of disinfectants during pregnancy, mindfulness is not amiss. However, there is no need to worry if you use disinfectants prudently and pay attention to proper hygiene. This includes, for example, preferring hand washing to disinfection in the case of coarse dirt and regularly moisturizing and greasing the hands with the help of appropriate creams.

However, expectant mothers are subject to the Maternity Protection Act and, in accordance with the regulations, may only be employed to a limited extent or not at all if a risk to the expectant mother cannot be ruled out. These factors may be mutagenic, carcinogenic, toxic or otherwise hazardous substances. Compliance with the applicable limit values must also be ensured.

What are the risks of using the wrong disinfectant?

Surface disinfectants in particular are known to produce acrid fumes. If possible, you should not inhale these – whether you are pregnant or not. These vapors are not so much harmful to your unborn child, but primarily to your respiratory system in the long term if you are regularly exposed to them.

In terms of hand disinfection, it is also not expected that your child’s organism could be harmed by contact with a product containing alcohol or through the respiratory system. So you can perform your hand hygiene with peace of mind. Your baby is safe as long as you don’t drink the disinfectant. Pay attention to the instructions on the package and disinfect your hands accordingly.

Observe instructions on the packaging

On every disinfectant package, there are a few instructions to help you properly use and store the product so you get the best results. The instructions include the amount of disinfectant per application and the exposure time, but also pictograms with hazard warnings.

Recognize safe disinfectant easily

You’ve probably seen the little symbols that indicate flammability or other potential hazards that can occur if handled improperly. As disinfectants are subject to strict regulations, it is essential that these instructions appear on the packaging of reputable suppliers. You will find the following instructions on disinfectants:


If you discover this sign, it means that the liquid or hygiene gel is inflammatory. You should keep the product away from heat or flames. The fact that disinfectants are flammable is explained by their high alcohol content.


This pictogram indicates that the product may cause a corrosive or irritant effect. In addition, it indicates a lower systemic health risk.

Guaranteed safe disinfectant from WIESENBERG

Our disinfectant combines care, fragrance and, of course, hygiene. For our product we use natural ingredients, pure ethanol and an exclusive care ingredient that pampers and protects your hands. So you are safe on the road and can protect yourself from germs and pathogens at any time, even during pregnancy. Just try it out!