With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting people around the world there has been a spotlight on the correct technique on washing your hands. Washing your hands regularly and correctly is vital to eliminating germs and bacteria, helping to keep yourself safe from becoming unwell.
However, washing your hands cannot be complete without step two, proper hand drying technique. You don’t want to undo the good of handwashing by not drying your hands correctly, which if done poorly could spread or breed germs. If your hands stay wet or even a bit damp, it provides the perfect environment for germs to thrive on.
There have been many debates as to the best form of drying your hands after washing, whether it be with a paper towel or an electric air dryer. In 2012, a medical study reviewed both hand drying methods, concluding that paper towels dry hands more quickly and more thoroughly than the air dryers available at the time.
“This review found little agreement regarding the relative effectiveness of electric air dryers. However, most studies suggest that paper towels can dry hands efficiently, remove bacteria effectively, and cause less contamination of the washroom environment. From a hygiene viewpoint, paper towels are superior to electric air dryers. Paper towels should be recommended in locations where hygiene is paramount”
Once you follow good hand washing practice, the final step is to thoroughly dry your hands with a clean paper towel, ensuring they are completely dry and not to forget your fingernails. Paper towels are also effective to use afterwards by using to open door handles when exiting the washroom, ensuring your hygiene efforts aren’t undone.
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