Facility Managers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Deliver Rx for Hand Hygiene and Maintenance Issues

A Hygienic Hand Drying Solution

Excel Dryer, manufacturer of the original, patented, high speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR Hand Dryer, is committed to providing the most hygienic hand drying solutions. While the cost-savings and environmental benefits of high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers are clear, there are many misconceptions about the hygienic efficacy of different hand drying methods. It is important that distributors and end users are comfortable and assured that Excel Dryer hand dryers are both reliable and hygienic. This page has been created to host educational materials regarding hand hygiene as it relates to hand dryers, including scientific studies, case studies, articles and other resources about proper hand hygiene.

Excel Dryer acknowledges that many studies have also been produced, mostly by the paper towel industry, in support of paper towels. However, there are several independent third-party studies that debunk the myth of paper towels being more hygienic than hand dryers.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Case Study  Hygiene Technical Data Sheet

Featured Studies

A Mayo Clinic Study

A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit, worldwide leader in medical care, research and education, evaluated the effects of four different hand drying methods regarding the removal of bacteria from washed hands.

Mayo Clinic Study

A Laval University Study

Another study, conducted by researchers at Laval University in Quebec City and published by the American Journal of Infection Control, evaluated bacterial contaminants found on unused paper towels.

Laval University Study


Excel Dryer’s Hygiene Study

Excel Dryer, Inc. wants our distributors and end users to be confident in the safety and health benefits of warm air hand and hair dryers. It is important to us that you feel comfortable and assured that our products are both reliable and hygienic.

Hygiene Technical Data Sheet

Clean Hands Save Lives

Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy.

CDC’s Website Clean Hands Save Lives

Hygiene Links

Hand Dryers: Clearing the Air

Excel Dryer’s product line utilises touch-free technology. Automatic activation promotes hand hygiene by permitting hand drying without the risk of cross-contamination by touching push-buttons that others may have touched with soiled hands.

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Hand Dryers Are Sanitary

Hand dryers are known to have hygienic benefits and be much more sanitary than other techniques of hand drying.


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Hand Dryer Location Influences Hand Washing

Excel Dryer recommends installing hand dryers in close proximity to sinks to make them as accessible as possible and encourage hand washing.

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Case Studies

Grand Central Terminal

Usak Kanyon College
Usak Kanyon College

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