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Hand Dryers vs. Paper Towels

Hand Dryers Increase Bacteria
Family Washing Their Hands

When people dry their hands with air dryers, water droplets are expelled into the air, traveling as far as 6.5 feet and lingering in the air for up to 15 minutes. These water droplets---especially those from poorly washed hands---can contain bacteria and viruses.


Recent Hygiene Studies Found:

  • Using a hand dryer can disperse 1,300 times more viruses than drying with paper towels
  • The inner surfaces of hand dryers harbor up to 48 times more bacteria than a toilet seat
  • Coliform bacteria (associated with feces) were found on 52% of hand dryers tested
  • Hand dryers can increase the bacteria found on fingers after washing by up to 42%
Paper Towels Control Bacteria
Hand Washing

Paper towels are the recommended hand-drying method of the World Health Organization (WHO). The driving reason for this is astonishing: Almost 95% of adults do not wash their hands long enough to thoroughly clean bacteria and viruses from their hands.


The Same Hygiene Studies Found:


  • The rubbing process of paper towels physically removes bacteria along with moisture
  • Drying your hands with a paper towel can reduce bacteria on hands by as much as 77%
  • No coliform bacteria (associated with feces) was found on the paper towel dispensers tested
  • Faced with a choice, 90% of people chose paper towels over jet air dryers in the restroom
Hand Dryers Are Unhygienic
Hand Dryer

Paper towel dispensers are more hygienic than jet air dryers. The choice is simple. Protect your guests, your staff and yourself from bacteria and viruses with sanitary and ecofriendly commercial hygiene products from The Home Depot Pro. 

Eco-Friendly Paper Towels
Eco Friendly

Go green and protect people from germs with eco-friendly paper towels. Many trusted brands, including Scott┬« and Kleenex┬«, offer green products and are committed to sustainable production. Look for the Certified ECOLOGO. 

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