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A DOCTOR has claimed that he knows the most hygienic way to dry your hands in a public restroom after warning against electric dryers.

The Tiktoker said that recent studies show the dryers could be more harmful than helpful - but Dyson challenged this claim.

A recent TikTok went viral showing a user putting her hair into a Dyson hand dryer to imitate the effect of the Dyson Airwrap.

TikToker @madmedicine, who's an M.D. candidate, responded explaining why this is a bad idea, and also gross.

In his video, he says, “There have been actual studies done on those hand dryers to see if they spread bacteria. Spoiler alert: They tend to spread more bacteria compared to just towels.”

Dyson refuted his claim, however.


"They ignore a wide range of studies that contradict the findings of this research," Dyson told the US Sun in a statement.

The company cited a 2010 peer-reviewed study that concluded the Dyson Airblade hand dryer reduced bacteria by up to 40 percent.

"If you are basing your argument on the study undertaken by Mark Wilcox, it is important to understand this is a small pilot study with limited information on methodology and limited sampling sites and results presentation," Dyson said.

Dyson said this is part of a larger study that analyzed hospital washrooms in three different countries.


"While methodology has several gaps and conclusions are not supported by the results presented, it is possible to see in the figures and tables that bacteria levels and pathogenicity are comparable between washrooms with paper towels and Dyson Airblade," Dyson said.

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Despite this, experts continue to study hand dryers and criticize their efficacy.

Health Line said hand dryers are actually "bacteria bombs."

These dryers shoot a variety of spores from bathroom air onto your hands, including ones that are found in fecal matter, it claimed.


Many public places use air dryers as an alternative to paper towels to be eco-friendly and save money on paper products.

Yet a recent study compared jet dryers like the Dyson, warm air dryers, and paper towels, in a simulation of poorly-washed and contaminated hands.

People who used jet dryers had 4.5 times more bacteria on their hands than people who used warm air dryers, and 27 times more bacteria than people who used paper towels, it claimed.

Germs end up everywhere in bathrooms, especially when they fly out of toilets during flushing, the study added.

One flush of the toilet produces thousands of tiny aerosol droplets, which can contain bacteria and viruses and contaminate surfaces up to six feet away.

Those surfaces include the hand dryers, and the aerosol droplets can flow through the air that comes out.


The best way to dry your hands is with a paper towel if they're available.

The Sun has reached out TikToker @madmedicine for comment.

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