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Bathroom Hand Dryer or One Paper Towel?

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  • Handwashing is a simple, effective means of reducing your exposure to disease-causing germs and the potential you’ll spread infection to those around you
  • Research demonstrates hand air dryers may spread bacteria and bacterial spores on your hands as you dry, and also spread bacteria as much as 3 meters (9.5 feet) away
  • While paper towels result in cleaner hands, they also have a significant impact on the environment; reducing use by just one roll of paper towel each year per U.S. household saves 544,000 trees and reduces toxic chemicals released into waterways
  • It is possible to dry your hands with one square of paper towel when you first reduce free water on your hands by shaking 12 times and then folding the paper in half to increase absorbency

By Dr. Mercola

Handwashing is one of the simplest ways to reduce your exposure to potentially disease-causing germs, and along with it reduce your chances of getting sick and/or spread infection. Regular and appropriate handwashing will drastically decrease the number of germs that have access to your body, especially at key times such as before eating, touching your mouth eyes or nose, and after using the restroom or visiting public areas.


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