Hand Dryers v Hand Towels

Air Dryers V Hand Towels

Have you ever done any of the following?

  • Had to queue in public toilets to use the hand dryers after washing your hands?
  • Used toilet paper to dry hands instead of queuing up?
  • Seen irritated children upset by the noise level of the dryers that are noisier than a chainsaw or a busy night club!?
  • Wiped hands on clothing as the dryer was taking too long to dry your hands (admit it!)

Classic hand dryer. Pretty useless to be fair.

Recent studies have shown that using hand dryers actually increases the amount of bacteria on your hands.  They use the air from the washroom area, heat it up and blow it back out leaving you with more bacterial on your hands than before you washed them.

Hit this link to see the Air Dryer v Hand Towels Comparison

Folded & roller hand towels offer more benefits

Drying with a Jet Air dryer increases the total number of bacteria on the finger pads on average by 42% and on the palms by 15% whereas drying hands with a paper towel, reduces bacteria on the finger pads by up to 76% and on the palms by up to 77%.

Source: *Westminster Study

Where are we at? We sell both paper hand drying consumables and hand dryers so we understand that each have their place and benefits. However, no prizes for guessing which camp we’re in. The facts just speak for themselves!

If you want to switch from dryers to hand towels or just need to check you’re using the right hand towels for your dispensers then just get in touch. We can troubleshoot or arrange a free trial for your site that could lead to saving lots of time, energy, environment and money.

Further Reading

Contamination of air in toilet washroom after air drying (ETS Study)

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