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Paper Towels vs Hand Dryers

Posted on Wednesday Nov 01, 2017 at 11:21AM in General

Hand washing is key to preventing germs and infectious diseases from spreading. We are taught to wash our hands thoroughly in order to keep those pesky, nasty germs at bay. But don't forget that after a thorough hand wash, the drying process is equally as important.

So what's the most effective way to dry those freshly clean hands? According to a recent efficacy study of different hand drying methods, it was declared that "from a hygiene viewpoint, paper towels are superior to electronic air dryers." The study surveyed more than 3,500 people and measured public opinion about hand drying in public bathrooms. A whopping 75% of the votes were in favor of paper towels.

This outcome is unsurprising to Hill & Markes. We have passionately sold paper towel dispensers because we believe in providing the best customer experience possible. We are in agreement that paper towel drying is the most effective hand drying technique but do you need more convincing? Here we will debunk some myths and provide facts. 

Warm air and jet dryers are more hygienic than paper towels.


Using paper towels after washing hands reduces  the number of bacteria both on the palms and fingertips by up to 77%.

A key reason that paper towels are more effective is the removal of bacteria from the hands through friction. Microbial testing indicates that bacteria that is on your hand will be transferred to the paper towel. We wash our hands to prevent bacteria from spreading. Cross-contamination in public restrooms is a legitimate health concern and using paper towels limits the potential of cross-contamination greatly.

Warm air and jet air dryers are less likely to contaminate the washroom environment.


Warm air dryers are capable of blowing bacteria and potentially contaminating the washroom up to 9 inches away. Jet air dryers are capable of blowing bacteria up to six feet away!

Using paper towels after washing hands showed no significant potential of cross contamination.  This is the nail in the coffin for hand dryer vs. paper towel debate. Preventing cross contamination is key to protecting hand hygiene and preventing illnesses. 

Paper Towels are bad for the environment. 


There are a ton of eco-friendly and sustainable paper towel options available in the marketplace. 

There is concern that paper towels dipsensers are bad for the envrionment. Don’t worry! Hill & Markes strongly believes in sustainability which is why we offer paper towels that are eco-friendly and recyclable. Here are a few of Hill & Markes paper towels that are eco-friendly, recyclable, and perfect for your business:




These eco-friendly options can be found at www.hillnmarkes.com .

Using paper towels to dry your hands allows the cleaning process to work fully. As indicated above, paper towels are the most hygienic way to dry your hands. Additionally, it is the most convenient way. Studies show that people feel their hands are dryer after using paper towels versus an air dryer. Plus, paper towel dispensers prevent lines that can accumulate while waiting to use the air dryer. Overall, paper towel dispensers are the most effective and hygienic way to dry your hands and it makes for the best washroom experience.

Stay healthy by utilizing paper towel dispensers in your washroom.

Take a look at our Hill & Markes paper towel dispensers here: https://www.hillnmarkes.com/124277/Category/Paper-Towel-Dispensers

Katie Bruno - Hill & Markes Marketing Assistant and Social Media Specialist

Katie Bruno is originally from Peru, but recently moved to Amsterdam, NY after graduating college with a Communication degree from UAlbany. Oh, not that Peru, a small town in upstate NY. Fueled by coffee, she passionately blogs about all things wholesale and uses her addiction to social media for the greater good of the company. When she's not keeping up with the latest digital marketing trends- you can find her coordinating meetings, events, and trade shows. 

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