To many, washing hands in a public bathroom may seem like a fruitless effort. They believe their hands will just get dirty again, anyway. In order to cut down on the negative environmental impact of paper towels, a major portion of public bathrooms have adopted some form of air dryer. You may have seen different variations of it–the simple pushbutton dryer, the automatic dryer, or the “jet dryer” which requires you to dip your hands into a miniature wind tunnel. But are these really the best options? Saving the environment is important, but so is preventing diseases. Read on to see why you should shy away from those pesky air driers.
First of all, paper and cloth towels are far more efficient and take much less time to dry your hands completely. This is a great thing, because wet hands can be breeding grounds for bacteria. One study done by Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that within 15 seconds, a single-serve cloth towel removed residual water on the hands down to 1%. An air dryer, however, took 45 seconds to reduce the residual water to 3%. In male bathrooms, patrons spend an average of 17 seconds under an air dryer (and 13.3 seconds in female bathrooms). As you can imagine, it took under ten seconds to dry hands with cloth towels. The difference is staggering; in terms of efficiency, towels win by a landslide.
Here’s the major question, though. How good are air driers at removing bacteria? In the same study, it was found that a paper towel reduced all forms of harmful bacteria. Air driers increased the amount of bacteria. And hot air driers created the highest bacteria increase of all. The study concludes with this statement: “From a hygiene standpoint, paper towels are superior to air dryers; therefore, paper towels should be recommended for use in locations in which hygiene is paramount, such as hospitals and clinics.” While paper towels may not be better for the environment, they’re better for your immediate environment. Don’t spread around those germs with hot air when you have the opportunity to stop them in their tracks.
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