Which Is More Sanitary: Hand Towels or Air Dryers?
When you’re in a public restroom, do you go for the paper towels or the air dryer after you wash your hands?
To get your paws cleanest, choose the towels.
A recent study put each drying method to the test and revealed that rubbing hands thoroughly dry with paper towels may give people the best chance of walking out of the restroom with germ-free mitts.
Wet and Dirty
No matter which method you choose, you won’t be rid of germs unless you dry your hands thoroughly. Germs love water. It’s their ideal medium for multiplying and getting around. And the recent study found that putting in the time and effort to really dry hands completely will mean way fewer germs. And get this: Drying hands vigorously with a paper towel bested rubbing them dry under a blower when it came to germ levels. Seems the skin-on-skin friction created when we rub our hands under the blower somehow releases more germs that live deep in our pores. Ick.