“Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.”
In fact, some experts believe hand dryers do more harm than good.
“Hand dryers are not used in hospitals or clinical areas because, quite simply, they disperse moisture and microorganisms into the environment,” professor Ronan Shaban from the Infection Prevention and Disease Control at Westmead Hospital and the University of Sydney told Body & Soul.
Translation? If someone infected by the virus coughs or sneezes while using the machine it can cause the bacteria to spread to other areas of the bathroom.
“All a hand dryer does is blow warm air – it’s not designed to kill an organism and it has no antimicrobial effects,” Shaban added. Case closed.
Here are some simple guidelines to ensure your hands are squeaky clean:
- Wet hands and rub together well to build up a good lather with soap for at least 20 seconds, washing between fingers and under nails.
- Rinse well under running water to remove the bugs.
- Dry hands thoroughly on a clean towel for at least 20 seconds. Touching surfaces with moist hands encourages bugs to spread from the surface to hands
- If no running water is available, use an alcohol gel.