The Showdown: Hand Dryers Vs. Paper Towels
With 80% of infectious diseases being spread by our hands, it’s clear that washing them is important. But when it comes to drying our hands, which is better to stop diseases in a public setting: a hand dryer or paper towel?
The fact of the matter is, that if you wash your hands properly with soap and rinse with clean water, nearly all traces of bacteria will be diminished regardless of how you dry your hands. But it’s when you don’t wash properly or, even worse, only “wash” using water, that it becomes more important how you dry your hands.
After all, the spreading of bacteria is more likely to spread with wet skin and rubbing your wet, unclean hands on other surfaces such as your clothes, that it becomes a huge problem.