Washing hands to prevent the spread of bacteria, infection, and cross-contamination has been a well-understood and effective practice for centuries. However, because bacteria is less likely to occur on dry hands than on wet hands, drying one's hands is nearly as important as washing them. Among the criteria of this review were drying efficiency, removal of bacteria, and effect on cross-contamination.
The statistical difference between Air Dryers and Paper Towels is staggering. Drying hands with paper towels not only reduces the amount of germs on your fingertips but can prevent the circulation of germs caused by air dryers.