Drying Hands; Essential To Keep Germs Away This Winter!

Jan 30, 2014 11:35 AM ET
Washing your hands: 3 easy steps!

Green by Nature Blog

We all know the importance of washing our hands, but what about drying them? Often we are too rushed and we pass quickly over this crucial step towards good hand hygiene.

This year’s cold and flu season is bringing new levels of concern with H1N1 staging a comeback in North America. Health experts, such as Health Canada, are reminding the population about the importance of proper hand-washing and drying, with paper towels or a clean towel, to avoid the transmission of bacteria and viruses. Furthermore, the renowned Mayo Clinic study uses research to support its claim that “paper towels can dry hands efficiently, remove bacteria effectively and cause less contamination of the washroom environment” and that “paper towels reduced the numbers of all types of bacteria on the hands. However, the hot air dryer increased all types of bacteria on the hands.” Here is a good reason the dry our hands with a paper towel!