Which Are Better Hand Driers: Air Blowers or Paper Towels? - WSJ.com: ". . . . Even environmental concerns, Dr. Thompson says, are eradicated by the paper towel. "The electric blower uses more energy than making a paper towel," he says.. . . .In a dream world, Dr. Thompson says, you'd use a paper towel to dry your hands, open the door with it, then throw it over your shoulder and into the trash. "I personally think that public bathroom doors should open out so you can push them with your thigh," he says. "Or they should not have a door at all, like at airports." While many manufacturers suggest that an automatic faucet and an air blower solve the problem of bacterial transmission, the opposite is in fact true. Studies have shown blowers tend to spread bacteria between 3 and 6 feet from the device, while faucets hosted a different set of problems. . . . ."
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