Do you prefer paper towels or air dry...

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2003
Do you prefer paper towels or air dry...
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 2:44am

Do you prefer paper towels or air dryers?

  • Paper towels

  • Air dryer

  • I don't dry my hands

  • Proper hand towels when possible, paper towels when out and about

  • Either

  • Other

You will be able to change your vote.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 2:47am
From the NYTimes:


The Claim: Paper Towels Thwart More Germs Than Air Dryers Do


Published: September 13, 2010

THE FACTS The key to clean hands is simple: Wash thoroughly with soap and water. But once the faucet is off, do you reach for the paper towel or the air dryer?

Bacteria thrive on wet hands, so the method that removes the most moisture should theoretically be most effective. But some studies suggest that other factors play a role. A few have portrayed conventional air dryers — and the newer jet-air machines where users stick their hands into a slot while air shoots out rapidly — as bacterial breeding grounds that contaminate hands and disperse germs. But those studies tend to have a conflict of interest: financing from the paper industry.

Continue to read here.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-09-2002
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 11:43am
I said paper towels,
Although do use air dry too.
Whichever is least touchable, LOL
another great read .. thank you :)
Avatar for cmkarla
Registered: 01-03-2001
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 12:57pm
At home I keep hand towels out but when out and about I use air dryers if they are available. If not, it's paper towels or the back of my pants (which is the case in many restrooms) ;)


iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 2:49am
LOL - I never use the back of my pants to dry my hands. Most times I just let them air dry.