Pick up your sponges, get set, go…

In the following you will find a concise overview of useful information and tips for healthy hygiene at home.

 

Clean and disinfect: one after the other

First clean, then disinfect: the basic rule for healthy hygiene at home.

 

Household rules:

  • First clean as usual. Then disinfect.
  • Surfaces and objects must be dry before being disinfected.
  • For optimal disinfection, always adhere to the dosage instructions and application time.

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Hand rules:

  • Proper and frequent handwashing is paramount.
    First, wash your hands under running water. Then rub them in soap thoroughly for 20 to 30 seconds. Rinse under running water. Dry them.
  • Disinfect the dry hands. Adhere to the application time and dosage instructions for IMPRESAN products. Find out more in our handwashing advice section.
  • It’s not always possible to wash your hands when on the go. In this case, the dry skin can be disinfected.

Laundry rules:

  • Without a hygienic rinser, laundry is only hygienically clean if washed at 60°C with an all-purpose detergent
  • Even at low temperatures, IMPRESAN Hygienic Laundry Rinse eliminates over 99.9% of bacteria, fungi, and specific viruses. It is added via the fabric softener compartment.
  • After washing, laundry should be dried quickly.

Hygiene basics

The 12 greatest hygiene pitfalls at home

I already washed my hands!

1. Of course, we wash our hands regularly. But are we washing them properly? To really wash off germs, wet your hands, rub in soap thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, and finally rinse well and dry.

Put your hand in front of your mouth!?

2. Generations of parents have admonished their children with this phrase. But from a hygienic perspective it is fatal. This is because it moves the germs to the hands and thus passes them on. The German Federal Centre for Health Education recommends coughing or sneezing into the elbows.

Dishcloths as transporters of germs

3. If you are not careful, you use the dishcloth to spread germs evenly throughout your kitchen when you are actually trying to clean it. It is thus a good idea to change the dishcloth at least every two days and always wash it at 60°C.

Just here, then everywhere: cross contamination

4. During cross contamination, germs are transferred from one food item or object to another. Raw eggs, poultry, fish, and meat should therefore always be prepared separately, and chopping boards and knives thoroughly washed in hot water after use. And needless to say: do not forget to wash your hands.

Germ-free fridge?

5. Not really. The cold does not bother germs at all. It is therefore extremely important to clean the fridge regularly.

The dirtiest place in the house: the sink

6. It is hard to believe, but a particularly high number of germs can be found in the sink. If you are concerned about hygiene, you should therefore clean it daily.

One cloth for hands and dishes?

7. For ease, we quickly reach for the kitchen towel to dry our hands. This makes it even easier for germs to spread. It is better to have two different cloths in use at all times.

Toothbrushes: treat yourself to a new one more often

8. After extended use, toothbrushes are home to many germs, which quickly enter the body via small, open cuts in the mouth. Toothbrushes should be replaced at least every three months.

Wash at a lower temperature!?

9. If it protects fabrics, it is unfortunately also kind to germs. Germs are not destroyed in wash programmes below 60°C. IMPRESAN Hygienic Laundry Rinse offers reliable hygiene at low temperatures, such as for delicate underwear.

Hurray for the eco programme?

10. This is certainly the case from an energy-saving perspective. But also from a germ perspective. Many eco programmes save energy by running at lower temperatures, but they no longer kill germs as a consequence. If possible, washing machines and dishwashers should be run regularly at 60°C to destroy germs.

Plastic chopping boards are hygienic chopping boards

11. This is incorrect. Germs thrive on the surfaces of both: the more scratched the better! Chopping boards should therefore always be thoroughly cleaned and left to dry completely before being reused.

From hand to mouth

12. How often do you touch your face or your mouth without thinking? If you pay attention, you will find that it happens more frequently than you think. This allows germs to spread quickly from surfaces to our mouths, increasing the risk of infection. When you are more aware of your hands, you can significantly reduce this risk.
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