Even in the cold: why disinfectants are completely meaningless in everyday life 2

Even in the cold: why disinfectants are completely meaningless in everyday life


Cologne –

In front of the supermarket cart is a sprayer with antibacterial wipes. Users of public toilets are increasingly finding disinfectant spray in the booth, and every other person on the backpack or cart has a small antibacterial gel – for quick hand disinfection.

Some especially in the cold, some use disinfectants because they are afraid of becoming infected with pathogens. According to experts, it is not necessary to disinfect hands in daily life.

"For healthy people mostly redundant"

"For the home environment and normal hygiene needs," says Ernst Tabori, medical director of the German Hygiene Advisory Center in Freiburg. Consumers can save money on this, according to doctors, because they certainly do not become healthier by unnecessarily consuming disinfectants.

It is actually produced to disinfect the price in liters. In a drugstore, spray and gel in a practical sample size (50 milliliters each) cost around € 1.99, and in hot places such as train stations even more. Towel prices start at € 0.89 for 15 pieces. For comparison: Internal liquid soap (500 milliliters) costs only 55 cents, which is less than three percent of the cost of a disinfectant.

Water and soap are sufficient for daily use

Even the Federal Bureau of Risk Assessment (BfR) sees no need for expensive products. Only in exceptional cases "are they useful and needed in private households to prevent the transmission of pathogens," the website says. "Medication is not key, it's just the consistent and proper exercise of proper hand hygiene," says Ernst Tabori. Simply, this means that thorough washing of hands with soap and water is sufficient for daily use.

Tabor even goes a step further and sees that disinfectants can represent a skin and air load indoors in certain cases. "Especially for sensitive people, especially children prone to allergies, unnecessary use of disinfectants is not recommended. Instead, it is important to avoid contact with all potentially irritating substances. "

That is why in everyday life you should refrain from disinfectants:

The ingredients can cause allergies or eczema.

Disinfectants can be very irritating to the skin or cause allergies. Allergic or people with atopic dermatitis often do not tolerate conventional hand disinfectants. Skin disinfection is unnecessarily attacked. It can lead to redness, eczema and cracks in the skin.

Microorganisms can form deviations from the active substances

Unless exposed to the active substances at lethal concentrations, microorganisms may tolerate certain drugs. "The resilience mechanism then offers them the advantage of survival over the intolerant microorganisms," a BfR spokeswoman said. Antibiotic resistance can also be promoted in this way.

Waste water is polluted

Waste water causes disinfectants to reach the treatment plant. There they destroy the interaction of different bacterial strains and diminish or even destroy their cleansing effect. This informs the Hamburg Consumer Center.

Certain strains of fungi and bacteria belong to the human body

Certain strains of fungi and bacteria belong in the natural, biological environment of humans and also in the human body. These bacteria are a natural component of delicate balance. Disinfectants destroy this balance. (sar with dpa material)