Which of these public restroom items spreads the most germs and bacteria?
• Toilet bowl
• Water faucet
• Hand dryer
• Paper towels
Answer: Hand Dryer
Hand dryers spread the most germs and bacteria in public restrooms. Here’s why…
As if public restrooms weren’t bad enough already, it turns out modern hand dryers are launching germs, viruses and bacteria as far as 10 feet away from the user.
Manufacturers tried to reduce bacterial transmission from soap dispensers and faucet handles by making them automatic, but the addition of modern air blowers is actually making things worse.
A study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that jet air dryers were by far the worst offenders, spreading 1,300 times more contaminants than paper towels while spreading some of them nearly 10 feet from the dryer itself.
Old school paper towels are worse for the environment, but better for humans. As with many modern inventions, we might just be better off to go back to old ways, using cloth towels that can be cleaned and re-used.
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