January 10, 2013 : Germs from Hand Dryers

Germs from Hand Dryers

An article that BPT released mentioned that about eighty percent of infections are spread by dirty hands. Limiting the exposure to these germs at home is easy by implementing a hand washing routine, however limiting your exposure to germs when you’re out in public is more difficult. Certain advice to keep from infections were given such as washing your hands as much as possible especially before eating, do not cough into your hands, do not sneeze into your hands, and above all do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth were given.


One of the best advice given, however, was being aware of products that give off germs, such as hand dryers. When people are out in public, they believe they are keeping their hands clean and germ free by washing them and drying them with hand dryers, however they are unaware of the germs that hand dryers give off. Numerous studies show that using paper towels rather than hand dryers is more hygienic. This is due to the fact that hand dryers are often not properly sanitized, and most importantly they don’t thoroughly dry hands but rather blow warm, moist, contaminated air around, which therefore spreads germs. 

Many times though, public restrooms do not have paper towels.  Although washing your hands with warm water and soap is the best way to keep your hands clean, if they only have hand dryers then you’re better off using hand sanitizing wipes such as Sani Hands. That way you are not risking getting germs blown back onto your hands and keeping yourself healthy from infections. 

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