Bathroom Hand Dryer Bacteria Gross-Out Goes Viral on Facebook

Bathroom Hand Dryer Bacteria Gross-Out Goes Viral on Facebook

Nichole Ward shared a photo on January 30 of a petri dish filled with nasty-looking organisms she says grew in 48 hours after she waved it in a public bathroom hand dryer - the kind you stick your hands down into and draw them out slowly - for three minutes.

But a scientist's experiment has just revealed how filthy they really are, after she tested out the bacteria in the public hand dryers. And well, let's just say that what ended up on that Petri dish afterwards was something that looks like it came out of a sci-fi film.

"Ok guys. ready to have your mind blown?!" writes Nichole Ward of California on Facebook along side a picture of a bacteria-filled Petri dish. She claims she picked up the stuff from a hand dryer.

According to Facebook user Nichole Ward, the answer can be "very".

"I never trusted those things and always dry my hands on my clothes if they have them in public restrooms".

A viral Facebook post about bacteria in some bathroom hand dryers has scared many away from using them and caused concerns about whether the devices spread unsafe bacteria that could make someone sick. She went on to explain that the dish has "several strains of possible pathogenic fungi and bacteria" which end up on the hands of people who use enclosed hand dryers.

The picture has been shared almost 500,000 times since it was posted on January 31.

"Ahhhh! I just used one of those today, and on it says "the most hygienic" and all I could wonder is what about the air it blows into your face which is the contaminated air in the bathroom". Dyson provided a statement to ABC Action News addressing the findings.

"We're very surprised to see these results, and unclear on the methodology employed", a spokesperson for the company said.

"Next time you dry your hands in a public toilet using an electric hand dryer, you may be spreading bacteria without knowing it".

If a hand dryer is the only option, air-drying may be a safer choice, but then again, the germs and bacteria are probably swirling around in the air. "Dyson AirbladeTM hand dryers are proven hygienic by university research and are trusted by hospitals, food manufacturers and businesses worldwide". Just wash with water and soap and leave with wet hands. However, they are significantly more friendly to the environment than paper towels, hence their ubiquity.

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