If there are both paper towels AND an electric hand dryer in a public restroom, which are you more likely to choose?
Electric hand dryers have been marketed as being more environmentally friendly and sanitary. That second claim is really up for debate now.
Nichole Ward of Carlsbad (California) placed a Petri dish in a Dyson Airblade hand dryer. What happened afterwards will have you reaching for the paper towels.
In her post, Nichole says:
Ok guys.. ready to have your mind blown?!
This here, Is what grew in a Petri dish after just a few days. I stuck the open plate in an enclosed hand dryer of a public bathroom for a total of 3 minutes. Yes 3 only. DO NOT EVER dry your hands in those things again. This is the several strains of possible pathogenic fungi and bacteria that you’re swirling around your hands, and you think you’re walking out with clean hands. You’re welcome.