Man drys his hands in a public bathroom.


Study Finds Bathroom Hand Dryers Are Spraying Feces On Your Hands

Scientists rans tests in both men's and women's bathrooms to find out what else besides hot air was coming out of those hand dryers.

April 13, 2018 - 5:01 pm

Next time you have a choice between paper towels or an electric hand dryer, you may want to use the former. A new study rans tests in three bathrooms on the University of Connecticut campus and found that hot-air hand dryers were blowing fecal particles right into your hands after you just washed them. 

Scientists explained in the study published on the American Society For Microbiology after running experiments in both men's and women's bathrooms. They held special plates under the hand dryers for 30 seconds then tested them to find out what else besides hot air was being blasted onto a person's hands. 

"These results indicate that many kinds of bacteria, including potential pathogens and spores, can be deposited on hands exposed to bathroom hand dryers and that spores could be dispersed throughout buildings and deposited on hands by hand dryers."

Apparently, when someone flushes a toilet while the seat is up it sends bacteria into the air which eventually can end up getting caught in the fans of an electric hand dryer. Then when it's turned on it throws the bacteria and bacterial spores out on your hands.