Hand Dryers Vs. Paper Towels: What’s the Cleaner Option?
Let’s face it, the public restroom is filled with places you’d rather not touch. So it might come as a surprise that there is one place in a restroom where touching actually exposes you to fewer germs.
Rubbing hands dry with paper towels appears to be more hygienic than using either a conventional hand dryer or a jet air dryer, according to a study by the Bradford Infection Group, the University of Bradford and Dyson Limited.
In fact, using a paper towel after washing your hands reduced the bacteria load on hands 77 percent, while air dryers actually increased the number of bacteria – up to 254 percent for standard air dryers according to a study conducted by the University of Westminster, London.
If that’s not enough to make you rethink your hand-drying choices, consider this: the jet air dryer blew microorganisms up to six and half feet away, potentially tainting users and the restroom. Traditional hand dryers also spread microorganisms – less than one foot away – while paper towels showed no spread of unseen germs.
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