Who is going to clean especially clean, makes a lot more dirty than he thinks. We back our bathroom with sharp cleaners treated, a spraying our stove vigorously with fat-solver and come up with a load of Washing per week never ends. The result is that we think we have our budget in the handle, but forget what we need to do to it. Because our dirty waste water does not dissolve Yes, unfortunately, nothing. The star has spoken with Hanne Tügel, just a book with the title “are we still clean?”. In it, she focuses on the one hand, financial aspects, on the other hand, the view of the big picture. To sharpen, our awareness that everything we leave behind, shows up somewhere else: in the air, in the water, on the floor.

The author

Hanne Tügel, Born in 1953, has a half-life journalist and author. Over 20 years she was an editor at GEO. Your favorite topics, you will find at the interfaces between science and society. In addition to non-fiction books, she has also written two science thrillers.

What would you consider as a misunderstood cleanliness?
Our whole attitude to dirt is pretty crazy. We clean Yes very much, our home, we care for ourselves, we separate trash, we pay for waste disposal. But on the other hand, we let more and more dirt ends up in the great garbage Disposals, and the environment. Some of the keywords are garbage vortex in the sea, diesel scandal, increase in allergies, lung disease, surrender to the plastic recycling. And when Washing and Cleaning themselves, we do to the supposedly Good much, much, much too much. We ignore the correlations.

Should I prefer to collect the plastic in the ocean than to clean my apartment?
In Sweden there is actually a movement by the name of an HTML web, the pick-up everytime she goes for a Jog, trash. I meant but a different aspect. Our economic system has an Ex-and-Hopp-side, we do something and not think about what happens at the end. For example, we wash too much. The detergents today are dosed so that you could get by with half as much as 25 years ago. We take but almost the same as it was then. We rarely think about what we flush the dirt, including the Laundry detergent in the sink, to arrive afterwards in the wastewater treatment plant and huge quantities of sewage sludge. Which, in turn, are applied, for example, on agricultural soils and is quite dirty.


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fertilize with sewage sludge?
Yes. Sewage sludge is theoretically also a good fertilizer, if not so much chemistry would be there. Of course there are limits, but what I anmahne, is that the big picture is in view. We tilt it in the sink and think, so that’s all good. Although the environment is also a self-cleaning System, both air and water and soil, but with 7.7 billion people and 1.3 billion cars, and 2.8 billion Coffee-to-go cups per year – this does not dissolve in the air. We are going to overtax the environment, and we notice that now also very strong.

you say in your book that we can learn from the natural cleaning techniques. What is it?
I asked myself at the beginning: Why animals do not actually need to soap? And yet there is in the nature of Hygiene at a high level. The animals live on dirty floors, in murky ponds full of parasites and bacteria, surrounded by their own and other’s feces – makes you wonder why the Flamingos are still pink? And why is it not in the case of wild animals to diseases all the time? The answer is: All of the creatures that have survived, from ant to Zebra, drive great and very interesting cleaning costs, will be investigated. Brush is in the animal Kingdom is as important as food and Sex, because without a good cleaning strategies, a kind of do not come through.

Actually, it’s a wonder we survive people Sex at all.
You should hang on to any drugstore a short version of the “Make-out study” of the Dutch researcher Remco Kort. The has found out: In the case of a ten-second French kiss, 80 million bacteria switch between the Kisses. Nevertheless, Kissing is not forbidden because of danger to life.

excerpt from “Are we still clean?”

10 commandments for the cleaning of the house
• moisture in the household. Bacteria love moist. Therefore, it is useful, the kitchen and the bathroom after Brushing, airing, wiping cloth and sponges to wring out, hang to Dry and the washing machine open when not in use.
• bed linen (Duvets, pillows, bed cloths, etc.) in the morning regularly at the Free or into Free shake! Then house-dust mites less food.
• micro-fibre cloths to use! They act due to their structure, such as a fine bristle brush and remove dirt without or with minimal use of detergents.
• collaboration and dirt are immediately removed! He is dried up, the cost is higher and needs more chemistry. This is especially true for the oven and stove plates; forgotten debris can bake onto the next Heat.
• Cleaning the fridge inside doesn’t forget! At least every 4 weeks, you should wipe him.
• wash cutting boards, especially after contact with raw meat, fish and salad is good! In these foods unwelcome germs such as Salmonella can plug. Heat makes them harmless, but in the processing you will be directed to the work device.
• cleaning agents from the Wash away for a long act! Against urine stone, it helps, for example, to give the toilet Brush conventional sanitary cleaners to toilet paper, to clap it on the affected areas and rinse only for a couple of hours later.
• Wet toilet paper belongs on the Index! Anyway, after use, not into the toilet but in the trash. In a Test 8 out of 10 varieties were still after over a week of not decomposed. The wastewater treatment plant can be reached after 9 hours. Before you can get in the drain to inextricable strands and the pumps of the wastewater treatment plants out of action.
• rinse Never drugs, residues of paint and solvents by the sink or in the toilet! Drugs in sewage treatment plants often do not degrade and compromise aquatic organisms. Paints and solvents can attack the fabric of the Sewerage system.
• the way with WC, basin stones, air freshener and room sprays! Do not remove the unpleasant smell, they mask it with fragrance, allergen and are environmentally hazardous. Normal Brushing and Airing is better!

The favorite recommendation of the author on the subject of cleanliness

“Sleep! Who sleeps a lot, strengthens the immune system and the body’s own salvation army. And who is sleeping more, has less time to Worry about the Hygiene in his household.”