There are few people that would question the importance of hand-washing.
As numerous studies have shown over the years, hand-washing plays a key role in preventing illness by stopping germs from spreading.
“Hand hygiene is the No. 1 way to prevent the spread of pathogens and micro-organisms,” explains Angela Harris, infection control manager for Tidelands Health. “Proper hand hygiene, whether by washing with soap and water or by using alcohol-based sanitizer, helps you from spreading germs and reduces your own risk of infection.”
In short, hand-washing is essential. But it’s important to remember that proper hand-washing technique extends beyond lathering up and washing away the soap.
Indeed, medical experts say that proper hand-drying is important, too.
From a hygiene perspective, the reasons for hand-drying are quite simple — germs are spread more easily on wet hands.
Digging a little deeper reveals some nuance, however.
As anyone who has entered a public bathroom knows, electric air dryers are a common option for drying hands. But are they a better option than good-old fashioned paper towel? Maybe not.