Hand Dryer Vs. Tissue-Dry: You Can Only Trust One. Which Side Are You On?

April 11, 2018



Pat Herbolario

Bathrooms are one of the most unsanitary places, be in in a mall or your home. Any trip to a public bathroom isn’t complete without a proper handwashing. After every visit to the loo, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water. It is a proven fact hand washing can reduce the amount of bacteria on your hands. However, it is also important to note that how you dry your hands after can affect that cleanliness.

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So which is more sanitary? Patting your hands dry with a tissue or letting your hands dry under a hand dryer? Both have pros and cons. Tissue drying is faster but less eco-friendly. Meanwhile, hand dryers are slightly more eco-friendly but they do take longer and have the tendency to dry out your skin with the heat.

The Mythbuster’s test this out by conducting an experiment with 16 participants that washed their hands with soap and water, had their hands dried with a tissue and hand dryer, and swabbed for testing. The results will shock you
Hand drying reduced 23% of bacteria load but paper towel drying reduced it to 71%! Proving that using tissue to dry your hands is more sanitary than hand dryers. Moreover, they also tested out the areas of the tissue dispenser and the area of the hand dryer for bacterial colonies. Surprisingly enough, there were only 3 bacterial colonies for the tissue’s general area and there’s 41 bacterial colonies for the hand dryers!

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So the next time you head to the bathroom, you might want to move away from the hand dryers. Opt for tissue to dry your hands instead, it’s wayyyyy more sanitary! Just remember to get enough tissue (and not too much!) to dry your hands to avoid being too wasteful.

Watch the experiment here:

Hand Dryer vs. Paper Towel MiniMyth

Hand dryer or paper towel: Which is more sanitary in a public bathroom? We have the DEFINITIVE answer. (Miss it? Watch the full episode on SCI GO: http://bit.ly/2FlJt3V)

Posted by MythBusters on Thursday, 22 February 2018

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