Test your knowledge with our quiz and find out when washing your hands is enough and when it is better to disinfect them.
In times of the Corona pandemic, we have all become accustomed to masks or distancing rules. And we have also long since internalised regular hand washing in the fight against viruses. Many people also stock up on hand disinfectants for their car or handbag so that they don't have to do without hand hygiene when they are on the move.
Clean hands can save lives
To wash hands or disinfect hands?
In private environments, hand washing is sufficient in most situations, the so-called points-of-use. The main purpose is to remove visible dirt and impurities from our hands. The most common recommendations are:
- after using the toilet
- before eating or preparing food
- after blowing your nose
- before facial care
- or when coming home
The essential goal of hand disinfection is to eliminate pathogens that can cause infections. These points-of-use also exist in private everyday life, for example:
- if you or family members have a cold
- before caring for relatives or friends whose immune system is weakened (e.g. in the case of chronic wounds)
- before coming into contact with people at risk of infection
- if there is no clean water to wash your hands
- after touching an animal that may be sick
Good to know
Sterillium® by HARTMANN has been a classic among hand disinfectants for 55 years.
Remember that hand hygiene has three components: Hand washing, hand disinfection and skin care. Hand disinfection with Sterillium®, for example, directly provides the care components and is also friendly to the skin.
- broad spectrum of activity against bacteria and many viruses, including coronaviruses
- gentle to the skin and with caring ingredients
- portable for on the go use
HARTMANN supports the activities for the World Hand Hygiene Day 2021
Test your knowledge and find out when hand washing is enough and when it is better to disinfect your hands!
Hand hygiene quiz
In which of the following situations should you disinfect your hands?
After grocery shopping at the supermarket?
Yes! Disinfect your hands if you may have had contact to pathogens and cannot wash your hands.
When travelling on public transport?
Yes! If you are travelling by public transport, you have no opportunity to wash your hands - you should disinfect them afterwards.
Before and after preparing food?
No. When you prepare food, it is enough to wash your hands before and after.
If you visit someone at the hospital?
Yes! Hands must be disinfected before contact with people in need of care.
After using the toilet?
No. Hand washing is sufficient here - disinfection is not necessary.
After you have tested your knowledge, it is time to get active
Are you looking for more information on hand hygiene?
Visit the BODE SCIENCE CENTER or download more materials on the global campaign by the WHO.
“HWG-Pflichttexte” for our Sterillium® range in English and German, also below in the footer.