Paper towels, please…

I just read an interesting article about these super-blowy warm air Dyson Hand Dryers. Contrary to what you may think, they are not less germ-y.


Many people (not you and me, of course) do not wash their hands well enough before using the air blower. According to the article:

…(the dryers) launch far more viruses into the air, which linger for longer periods of time and reach much farther distances, researchers recently reported in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. This is particularly concerning because viruses, unlike many infectious bacteria, can easily maintain their infectiousness in the air and on surfaces, and just a few viral particles can spark an infection.

Paper towels are, according to the research, much safer. And with that thought in mind I’ll re-post this TED Talk by Joe Smith on how to dry your hands with one paper towel. It works!


8 thoughts on “Paper towels, please…

  1. Also, I hate not having a paper towel to open the door. Why do they have so many doors with handles on the inside?? (And the garbage across the room, of course!)


  2. Hum…..thought these were supposed to be the best but it makes sense that more germs would get shot around. I do prefer towels or just run them trough my hair and let them air dry….probably lots wrong with that! Had a busy day, sorting and cleaning and posting and selling….now if everyone turns up to pick up what they spoke for……tired…..ttys……T

    Sent from my iPad



  3. I tried it out! It works! One paper towel is all that is needed. I’ve taught the technique to two total strangers! We were in a church building, so I just struck up a conversation while we were washing our hands.


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