Study: Dyson hand-dryer spreads more germs than paper towels

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You probably don’t give much thought to how you dry your hands in a public restroom.

But the results of a new study might change that.

According to new research published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, a Dyson Airblade hand-dryer spreads 1,300 times more germs than paper towels and 60 times more germs than standard air dryers.

The study, which was conducted by the University of Westminster, was carried out by researchers dipping their hands in water containing a harmless virus before drying them with the Dyson Airblade, a standard hot-air dryer, and paper towels.

According to The Telegraph, The Dyson dryer spread the virus more than nine feet across the bathroom. The standard hot-air dryer spread the virus nearly two-and-a-half feet. Paper towels contained the virus to within nine inches.

While Dyson has yet to respond to the results of this study, the company did release a video back in February that made the claim that their dryers were more hygienic than paper towels.

The Telegraph reported that a similar study in 2014 found that jet air dryers spread 27 times the number of germs than paper towels.

Dyson called that study “flawed” since it was commissioned by the paper towel industry.