Diet & Nutrition

Why you shouldn’t use electric hand dryers

They’re in public toilets across Australia – but you should think twice before using a high-powered hand dryer!

Dyson Airblades spread 1300 times more germs than paper towels, a new study has claimed.
A University of Westminster study published in Applied Microbiology found that hand-dryers spread significantly more germs than their tech-free paper counterparts.
Researchers dipped their hands water containing a virus and then dried them using either a Dyson Airblade, a standard hot air dryer or a paper towel, The Sun reports.
The study found the Dyson device – which uses a 690kph blast of air to dry hands in less than 90 seconds – propelled the virus up to three metres across the bathroom.
By comparison, the standard hot air dryer spread germs 75cm, and the paper towel just 25cm.
But a Dyson representative has claimed the study is flawed, telling the Herald Sun researchers used “unrealistically high levels of virus contamination on unwashed, gloved hands”.
“The machine has been proven to be as hygienic as paper towels, through research conducted by the University of Bradford (published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology), Institut de Recherche Microbiologique, the College of Medicine (University of Florida), and Campden BRI,” a statement read.

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