Jet Air Dryers vs. Paper Towels

November 6, 2019

Jet Air Dryers vs. Paper Towels

A US study showed 95% of adults do not wash their hands long enough to clean off bacteria and viruses. So where do those remaining bacteria and viruses go? Here are the facts about jet air dryers and paper towels in order to choose the right option for your business.

Jet Air Dryers

  • Using a jet air dryer dispersed 1,300 times more viruses than drying with a paper towel
  • The inner surfaces of jet air dryers harbour up to 48 times more bacteria than a toilet seat
  • Coliform bacteria were found on 52% of jet air dryers tested, compared to 0% of paper towel dispensers
  • Jet air dryers can increase the bacteria on fingers by up to 42%
  • When drying your hands with a jet air dryer, water droplets that could contain bacteria and viruses are expelled into the air, travelling as far as 2 metres and lingering in the air for up to 15 minutes

Paper Towels

  • Drying your hands with a paper towel can reduce bacteria on hands by up to 77 percent
  • The rubbing process of using a paper towel physically removes bacteria along with moisture
  • Faced with a choice of drying methods, 90% of people in a recent European study chose a paper towel over a jet air dryer in the washroom
  • Given the strong preference for using paper towels, hand hygiene adherence would possibly decrease if paper towels are not available in the washroom, according to a review article in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings
  • Paper towels are the recommended hand drying method of the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care1.

The facts are clear, single-use paper towels are a more effective and hygienic way to dry your hands after washing. So don’t let your guests and employees leave the washroom with their hands covered in more bacteria and viruses than when they walked in.


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Source: Kimberly-Clark Professional

1 WHO “Hand Hygiene Guidelines for Health Care Workers”