Disinfect hands properly - hand disinfection instructions

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Due to the current situation, it is important to pay attention to precise hand hygiene. Not only to keep you healthy, but also to not endanger friends and family. Disinfection is now not only part of doctor's surgeries, hospital corridors and old people's homes, but also for shopping in the supermarket and routine after the S-Bahn ride. But many people still make mistakes when disinfecting, which means that even the highest quality disinfectant loses its effectiveness. That's why we've put together a few tips for you.

Correct hand disinfection - instructions

Before we get to our step-by-step guide, we have general tips for a good disinfection that cleans your skin and protects it from infection.

○A lot helps a lot doesn't apply here!

Or in other words: less is more. Basically, less disinfectant is needed than expected. Three milliliters is considered the optimum. With wall dispensers this means: press two or three times, that's enough. Two milliliters can lead to incomplete disinfection, more than three milliliters unnecessarily attack the protective layer of the skin.

○The right disinfectant

Use a disinfectant that suits your skin and needs. As an allergy sufferer, pay particular attention to preservatives and fragrances. Synthetic ingredients can sometimes cause unpleasant skin reactions. So if you know that you have sensitive skin - and not only then - the following applies: keep your eyes open when buying disinfectants.

If you not only want to clean your skin but also care for it, we would like to recommend the Wiesenberg hand disinfectant. In contrast to many other products, this does not dry out the skin, but protects it.

○Problems caused by too much disinfection

Even though disinfectants are reliable aids for cleaning hands, they should not be used too often. Skin problems caused by disinfection are actually known mainly to caregivers who often have to disinfect their hands. But too much disinfection damages the skin's natural acid mantle, which is supposed to keep pathogens out. The damage to the protective layer makes it more permeable, the skin becomes cracked, rough and also more susceptible to pathogens. This is an effect that should not be encouraged if at all possible.

Hygienic hand disinfection - instructions

So now that you've put disinfectant in the palm of your hand, you can simply follow this step-by-step guide, which also makes a great reminder on the bathroom cabinet. The result is perfectly cleaned hands.

○Schritt 1: Bring one palm to the other and rub the disinfectant. Attention: don't forget the wrists.

○Schritt 2: Apply disinfectant to the back of the left hand with the right hand and vice versa.

○Schritt 3: Interlace your fingers and spread them so that you can disinfect the sides of your fingers in one simple movement.

○Schritt 4: Make a fist with the fingers of one hand and rub them with the other hand so that there is disinfectant there as well.

○Schritt 5: Hold the thumb in the palm of the other hand and rotate it.

○Schritt 6: Don't forget the fingertips. Pass them closed over the palm of the other hand.

Hygienic hand disinfection - the instructions of the RKI

The basic rule for the step-by-step instructions is that each movement should be carried out five times on both sides. Most disinfectants have a contact time of 30 seconds that should be followed. With five seconds per step you are perfectly on time and get the best possible result.

○Recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute

Basically recommends that Robert Koch Institute, following the rub-in technique - as described above - respecting the exposure time and ensuring that the disinfectant is effective against enveloped viruses. In addition, skin problems should be treated immediately so that the disinfectant can work well again next time. The Robert Koch Institute also recommends alcohol-based disinfectants, as their mode of action is less affected by other substances. In addition, the corresponding disinfectant should be used on dry hands, because dilution with water or drops of sweat changes the effect.


With three milliliters of virucidal disinfectant, you not only free your hands from bacteria, but also from viruses. With the step-by-step instructions, you will receive a complete cleaning that not only protects you, but also your loved ones from infection. Stay healthy!

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