Hygiene and prevention of infection

Read more about how you can reduce the risk of disease and infection yourself by maintaining good hygiene.

Below you can read more about how you can reduce the risk of disease and infection yourself.

What good advice can I follow if I want to create good hygiene?

Wash hands

Hand washing is by far the most important thing you can do to avoid getting infected or infecting others. A rule of thumb says that it takes 15 seconds to wash hands properly.

Wash hands:

  • By visibly dirty hands.
  • Before cooking and eating.
  • After toilet visits, help with this and after changing nappies.
  • After nose brushing.
  • After contact with dirt and waste.
  • When you come home.

Use hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer for hand disinfection is a good alternative to hand washing. You can use hand sanitizer instead of hand washing when your hands, wrists and forearms are dry and clean, for example before you cook or when you get home.

  • You should apply an amount that keeps the skin moist for 30 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer is distributed and rubbed all over the palms, on and between the fingers, on the backs of the hands and around the wrists until the hands are completely dry.

Clean up and ventilate

Clean-up and ventilation help to ensure good air quality in your surroundings at home.

  • Ventilate in all living areas.
  • Ventilate regularly with drafts for 5-10 minutes.

Cough and sneeze into the elbow instead of the hand

Most people keep their mouths shut when coughing and sneezing. But it's really a bad idea, because then you get microorganisms in your hand and can infect others when you touch them or things they later touch. Cough and sneeze instead in the elbow bend, so that the spread of many infections is avoided.

Wash your clothes at the right temperature

Hygienic laundry reduces the risk of infection. It is about washing the clothes at the right temperature.

  • Underwear, linen, towels, tea towels, dishcloths and the like should be washed at 60 ° C.
  • Laundry with residues of blood, faeces, diarrhea, vomiting or urine should be washed at at least 80 ° C.
  • If a person in the family has lice, scabies or an infectious disease with bacteria, viruses or fungi, the clothes should be washed at 60 ° C. Therefore, it is recommended that, until treatment is completed, wear clothing that can withstand 60 ° C.
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