Brilliant piece of kit, Dyson’s Airblade hand dryer. First time you see it, you think wow amazing. The same when you use it.
Which kinda has us jumping up and down when we see a bunch of technology wonks have published research to say it spreads germs 1,300 more than paper towels.
A good idea world-wide
For starters, if it was that rotten, the giant Mitsubishi Electric Corporation wouldn’t have rushed out their own high speed Jet Towel, would they? A good idea is a good idea – and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And don’t knock it because it’s Japanese, they turn good ideas into the best in the world.
But right now it’s Dyson that’s taking the flak – our own world-leading brilliant technology company. And frankly in our view, these Westminster University researchers claiming the AIrBlade spreads germs aren’t doing any of us a favour.
First off, the machine is a hand DRYER, right? The whole premise of its design is that hands might be wet, but they have already been cleaned. THERE ARE NO GERMS TO BE BLOWN OFF.
So if the Westminster Uni people found the thing spread germs, their hands must have pretty dodgy in the first place to have spread so many.
Yeah, well. Why are we not surprised? If they were basing their research on the typical behaviour of real people – which they should have – their hands were laden with all kinds of gunk. Here’s why.
- 95% of people don’t wash their hands properly.
- 62% of men and 40% of women NEVER wash their hands after the loo.
- Only 12% of people wash their hands before eating.
Uh huh. The germs got spread because the hands weren’t clean.
Sure, lots of tiny drops of water would have spread around the place. The thing is basically a fan, for goodness sake – that’s what fans do. And Dyson’s jobbie blasts air at 430 mph – you don’t send a boy to do a man’s job.
Drops of CLEAN water – the hands were supposed to be properly washed first, remember? And Dyson’s dryer only blasts clean air because it’s sucked in through a HEPA filter before it gets to your hands anyway.
Which means microorganisms down to only 3 microns across don’t come anywhere near you – one heck of a lot better than paper towels.
Paper towels anyway are really compensating for poor hygiene in a non-touchless environment.
If a washroom has Dysons installed, it probably has no-touch infra red taps too – and soap dispensers. The only contact is hand-to-hand scrubbing and rinsing – which done properly should ensure all the germs go down the plughole.
Most people are incredibly wasteful of paper towels anyway.
As Joe Smith points out in his superb hand washing video, in America 13 billion pounds of paper towels (5,9 million tonnes) are used every year, just to dry hands. 571,231,000 pounds of that (259,106 tonnes) is wasted by people fumbling around, not thinking what they’re doing.
Why all this hoo-hah about washing hands?
Because in our Twenty-First Century always-on-the-go, digital world, clean hands are often all that’s between us and coming down with any number of bugs like norovirus, escherichia coli, salmonella, clostridium difficile, campylobacter, MRSA, or simply colds and flu.
Finger food, fast infection
Look no further than our favourite choice of food. Burgers, chicken drumsticks, hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches, wraps, tamales, tortillas – all eaten with fingers. Now ask yourself honestly, when was the last time you washed your hands before you ate? Not really on the radar when you’re out and about, is it?
OK, so now wash your hands – the way you’re supposed to, with enough time to sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice. And now dry them off with the Dyson. No worries, right?
Hey, hey, hey! 430 mph of clean air. Now you’re really cooking with gas!