Paper vs. Air Dryer: Battle of the Cleanliness

Ever since you can remember it has been engraved into your head to wash your hands before every meal and after using the restroom. However, what comes next is just important! According to recent studies, using paper towels rather than air dryers to dry your hands may be the cleaner route to go. Learn more to find out!

Although office kitchens may be filled with more bacteria than restrooms, that does not take away from the griminess of the pit- stop! We all know it’s crucial to wash our hands, however what steps do you take following to ensure clean hands? According to a study by Bradford Infection Group, using paper towels to dry hands appears to be more hygienic than using a hand dryer. Drying hands with a paper towel reduces the bacteria count on hands by 77 percent, while air dryers increased the count to an astonishing 254 percent, according to a study conducted at University of Westminster, London. Part of the problem with air dryers is that they blow the microorganisms across the room. For instance, the jet air dryer blew germs up to six and a half feet away, while traditional air dryers blew germs less than a foot away. So, next time you wash your hands keep in mind that paper towels- sparingly- may be the way to go!

Clean Communications Newsletter April 2016
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