Bathroom Hand Dryer Bacteria Gross-Out Goes Viral on Facebook

A Facebook post going viral is raising fears across the county about a popular kind of hand drying machine

Nichole Ward took to Facebook to show off the results of putting her hands inside a hand dryer for just three minutes - and it's pretty gross. "You may also be splattered with "bugs" from other people's hands", said Mark Wilcox, professor at the University of Leeds.

The fact that people don't get sick every time they use a public bathroom or a hand dryer suggests there is nothing especially harmful about the bacteria around a hand dryer or in a public restroom if people use good handwashing procedures, Inverse suggested.

'From an outside perspective, a blow dryer makes sense, ' she went on. "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", she wrote.

Later, she mentioned Dyson, which has hand dryer models that are enclosed - although she later removed the reference after the post went viral around the world.

But a scientist's experiment has just revealed how filthy they really are, after she tested out the bacteria in the public hand dryers.

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Nichole said that from now on she will be sticking to drying with her clothes or shaking and air drying outside of the bathroom. "But not much worse as the older ones that you push the silver button and dry that way", Nichole added in comments to the post.

Maybe we should all just stand there for half an hour and let our hands drip dry post-handwash instead. She claims she picked up the stuff from a hand dryer. Do not use them. "But the spores in the air of a bathroom are SERIOUS and this was obviously overlooked".

What's less clear is how Nichole did it, or whether she followed the correct procedures to create her vile-looking dish, or what her scientific background is.

This was done to mimic hands that have been poorly washed. Paper towels I think I still safe though. "Dyson AirbladeTM hand dryers are proven hygienic by university research and are trusted by hospitals, food manufacturers and businesses worldwide", the statement read, ABC News reported.

The statement said all Dyson Airblade dryers have high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that capture bacteria particles from washroom air before it leaves the machine.

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