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I KNEW it!!
It turns out, those paperless hand dryers in public restrooms actually SPREAD more germs than regular old paper towels, and I’ve been saying this for YEARS!
There have been actual lab tests that have proven this to be absolutely true!
According to research, not ONLY does bacteria — from all those people around you in the restroom — get blown all over everything, it stays in the air for 15 minutes.
Scientists from the University of Leeds have found that high-powered ‘jet-air’ and warm air hand dryers can spread bacteria in public toilets. Airborne germ counts were 27 times higher around jet air dryers in comparison with the air around paper towel dispensers.
The study shows that both jet and warm air hand dryers spread bacteria into the air and onto users and those nearby.Leeds
That means — LUCKY YOU — you are breathing it in, getting it in your eyeballs, on your clothing, possibly even in your mouth. *GAG*
Even as far as SIX feet away from the dryers, the circulating air had 27 times more bacteria in it, versus just drying your hands with an old fashioned paper towel.
THAT my friends, is why I don’t use the air dryers in bathrooms. People have straight-up made fun of me for it, but I WIN! It’s disgusting to use a hand dryer!
What is the moral of this story?
I’m not here to tell you what to do, but you MAY want to skip the hand dryer next time you are in a public restroom.
Instead of sticking your hands under that hurricane force hand wind, you may want to reach for that lovely brown or white paper towel.
Make sure you throw it away! There is nothing MORE ANNOYING than going into a bathroom that has paper towels everywhere.
It takes two seconds, people. Use the paper towel, then toss it in the trash!