1. Education
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Regina Bailey

Dry Your Hands

By September 9, 2010

Follow me on:

Image: graur razvan ionut / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

One of the best ways to prevent bacteria related illnesses and other infectious disease is to wash your hands with soap and water. However, washing your hands alone is not enough to prevent the spread of bacteria. You must also dry your hands thoroughly after washing to prevent the transfer of germs. This does not include wiping your hands on your clothes to dry them. Learning good hand-hygiene habits is essential to reducing the spread of bacteria.

A study conducted at the University of Bradford analyzed the different methods of hand drying in public settings and determined which was most effective at reducing germs. The researchers found that drying your hands with paper towels or using a hand dryer without rubbing your hands together were most effective at keeping bacteria counts low. Rubbing your hands together while drying them under a hand dryer offsets the benefits of hand washing by bringing bacteria within the skin to the surface. These bacteria, along with any that were not removed by washing, can then be transferred to other surfaces.

Learn more about this study:

Comments

September 9, 2010 at 10:34 am
(1) DiViana H says:

its interesting by just doing one simple thing you already are being healthier

September 9, 2010 at 10:43 am
(2) AG says:

Its good to know that by drying your hands its being healthier

September 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm
(3) NSGill says:

I wonder how much of the advantage is offset by touching the less-than-sanitary knob to turn on the blower and turning the crank to get out the paper towel. Also, some places have dryers so loud you risk going deaf. Deafness vs. unknown bacteria? Hard to call.

September 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm
(4) Michellee :] says:

I think thats an interesting factt ,
I never even thought drying your hands is all that important ?

September 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm
(5) cassidy says:

that makes sense. everybody should wash their hands anyway but i never thought about how not drying your hands is bad.

September 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm
(6) Darius C says:

Wow that is fantastic, i think being healthy is wonderful, and just by doing a simple thing as washing and drying thouroghly is a great way to be healthy

September 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm
(7) Jordan Harwick says:

Wow. I have to work on actually drying my hands. I usually just let my hands air dry.

September 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm
(8) Jacob D says:

Wow its good to dry your hands because you dont want to give away germs

September 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm
(9) mason lundy says:

most germs and bacteria grow in water so obviously you should thouroughly dry your hands after getting them wet.

September 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm
(10) Amoiya G. says:

I really learned alot from this blog. It gives alot of facts.

September 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm
(11) Kendall H. says:

that is interesting

September 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(12) McLean Upchurch says:

I always knew washing my hands were important. but I never knew how it could harm me if i didn’t.

September 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(13) McLean Upchurch says:

I always knew that was my hands was important. But I never knew the harm it could have on my body.

September 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm
(14) Cristal L. says:

I always knew washing my hands was important, but never thought drying them was just as important.

September 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm
(15) SRG. johnson says:

that’s cool and wierd :)

September 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(16) Dre-elle Cole says:

I didnt know drying your hands was that important

September 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(17) Peter N says:

This is hilarious… Today i washed my hands… it’s funny that I can relate to this post. I should dry them next time……

September 19, 2010 at 7:02 am
(18) Shikhi says:

I knew drying hands is important to prevent bacterial growth, but the rubbing part is strange, how do bacteria come out from within your skin??

October 13, 2010 at 11:51 am
(19) Alexander says:

I have learn something from this topic which is hand drying but what about the poor that can not reach to what they need to do.Is there no local way of hand drying.

February 28, 2012 at 11:25 pm
(20) Erin Mayes says:

I tend to have very dry hands and most products don’t last that long. I was in Chattanooga, TN a couple of month ago & picked up a bottle of the Holistic Honey Lotion from Made from Earth. This is the best hand lotion I have ever found. Made From Earth’s Honey Lotion keeps my hands feeling soft & silky.

I love the smell & the fact that it is made in the USA. It makes me feel great about supporting an AMERICAN company. I plan to be a repeat customer for a very long time….Made from Earth makes other products too-haven’t tried them yet, but I’m sure they are just as wonderful as the lotion.

Leave a Comment


Line and paragraph breaks are automatic. Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <i>, <strike>

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.