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8 February 2018, 13:40
When you use a public toilet and wash your hands, you can do one of two things: use the paper towels or the hot hand dryer machine.
You'd think that by using the hand dryer, you're avoiding germs as much as possible, especially if it's one of those clever Dyson ones.
Well, you might change your mind next time you see one, after looking at Nichole Ward's Facebook post.
Nichole posted a photo of when she stuck a Petri dish in a Dyson Airblade, and then 'incubated' it for 48 hours. She then had a look at the Petri dish to find it was full of disgusting fungi and bacteria. Eww.
"This here, is what grew in a Petri dish after just a few days," she wrote. "I stuck the open plate in an enclosed hand dryer of a public bathroom for a total of three minutes. Yes, three only.
"DO NOT EVER dry your hands in those things again. This is the several strains of pathogenic fungi and bacteria that you’re swirling around your hands, and you think you’re walking out with clean hands. You’re welcome."
Nichole's post has already been shared over 530,000 times, and has put off people using these things ever again.
It has to be said, we're not 100% sold on Nichole's experiment, and one dish used in one hand dryer doesn't mean they're all like that, but still. Something to think about!
"We’re very surprised to see these results, and unclear on the methodology employed," a Dyson spokesperson later said. "All Dyson AirbladeTM hand dryers have HEPA filters that capture particles as small as bacteria from the washroom air before it leaves the machine.
"Dyson AirbladeTM hand dryers are proven hygienic by university research and are trusted by hospitals, food manufacturers and businesses worldwide."