Hand Washing and Drying Top Defense Against the Spread of Germs.

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Hand Hygiene Resources

The Results are in: Hand Dryers Are Hygienic

University of Arizona Study

The University of Arizona publishes new brief: Comparison of Electric Hand Dryers and Paper Towels for Hand Hygiene: A Critical Review of the Literature


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Touchless Infographic

In a COVID-19 world, 60% of people say their preference for touchless, hygienic fixtures in restrooms has risen. Click below to read our infographic on the subject.


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Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, and Dry are the 5 steps in hand washing and drying

Hand Washing 101

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.

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Featured Blogs

Using hand dryers for proper hygiene

Proper Handwashing & Hand Dryer Hygiene Unlock the Keys to Germ Control

Now more than ever, worldwide, people are discovering the true importance of handwashing — and the true cost of improper hand hygiene procedures. 

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Drying hands the hygienic way

Proper Hand Hygiene: No Greater Defense Against the Spread of Germs

With reports related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) dominating the news, perhaps now, more than ever, we stand with restaurants, municipalities, airports and other everyday facilities nationwide…— 

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addressing the myths about hand drying

Blowing Away Myths About Hand Dryers and Germs

Hand dryers allow users to fully dry their hands with no hands-on manipulation needed in a few seconds. Simply wash hands thoroughly, hold under the nozzle for a few seconds, and move on with your day.

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get the truth about warm air drying

Don’t Be Fooled by ‘Fake News’ About Hand Dryers

Excel Dryer wishes to help set the record straight. Here are the top five reasons why healthcare facilities, restaurants and other health- and hygiene-conscious facilities around the globe rely on our high-speed, energy-efficient dryers to keep germs at bay.

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Health Product Declaration

In Another First, Excel Dryer Publishes Health Product Declarations

As concern for environmental sustainability continues to grow, buyers and specifiers want to select a hand dryer that addresses this issue while delivering on performance. Excel Dryer is the first in the industry to publish Health Product Declarations (HPDs) for three of our hand dryers.

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Hygienic truths about electric hand dryers

Are Electric Hand Dryers a Hygienic Drying Solution?

Hands-under style dryers like the XLERATOR Hand Dryer, XLERATOReco Hand Dryer, or ThinAir Hand Dryer eliminate pooling water often associated with trough-style dryers and reduce the risk of hand dryer bacteria.

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Case Studies

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Seabury Senior Living

Hygiene is important in Senior living facilities and XLERATOR Hand Dryers are a hygienic solution thanks to the hands-free approach which prevents the spread of illness.


Seabury Senior Living Case Study

hygienic hand drying solutions for schools

Longmeadow High School

“Our facility managers are thankful they’re not cleaning up a paper towel mess every night.”


Longmeadow Case Study

how to improve hand hygiene in large traffic venues

Excel Dryer’s Hygiene Case 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.

Excel Dryer Hygiene Case Study

Hygiene FAQs

Are hand dryers sanitary?

Yes! Drying your hands with a hand dryer is sanitary. Recently, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have unequivocally stated that hand dryers are a supported hand drying solution and that people should make sure they dry their hands completely, since “germs spread more easily when hands are wet.”

In fact, hand hygiene consists of two components: hand washing and hand drying. Both are equally important. The World Health Organization’s advice is to frequently clean and dry hands thoroughly. With the emergence of COVID-19, hand hygiene has become more relevant than ever before. Experts agree that proper hand hygiene is the best way to avoid the spread of germs, including coronavirus. 

Do hand dryers spread germs? The presence of germs and bacteria is inevitable in high traffic areas like bathrooms, not all hand dryers offer the same level of germ protection. Hand dryers with a HEPA filter are highly recommended. Excel Dryer’s hand dryer with HEPA filter captures particles as small as 0.3 microns and removes 99.999% of potentially present bacteria.

Moreover, Paul Suits, director of Infection Control at Upstate Medical University, stated that hand dryers are safe to use. He added that users of restrooms should be more concerned about not drying their hands properly – “If you don’t completely dry your hands, it won’t kill all of the bacteria.”

Are paper towels or hand dryers more sanitary? For decades people have been reading scary headlines about the spread of germs by hand dryers, which influences public opinion towards biased conclusions. The truth is, according to a study on germs found on paper towels conducted by the American Journal of Infection Control, bacteria are easily transferred from paper towels to individuals after handwashing.

Instead, hand dryers foster a more hygienic environment: without touch sensors, they are a hands-free way to dry your hands, and therefore reduce the number of touchpoints in restrooms. Furthermore, there is no scientific evidence to determine that hand dryers actually spread germs on your hands more than paper towels. For an added level of user confidence, a facility may want to consider adding HEPA Filtration and anti-microbial wall guards.

Are hand dryers actually full of bacteria? Excel hand dryers were tested by LMS Technologies and are proven to remove 99.97% of potentially present bacteria at 0.3 microns from the airstream.

In 2019, Nature published a study on the comparison of six different hand-drying methods, including air jet dryers, to establish their efficiency in removing bacteria after handwashing. At the end of the experiment, it was clear that the use of the hand dryer “was the most effective method, having the best performance in removing bacteria, with a removal percentage of 94.9%.” Additionally, it was proven that more bacteria were removed when drying hands in a stationary position versus rubbing them together.

Do hospitals use hand dryers? Yes, both health care facilities and hospitals use hand dryers. Read about Northwestern Memorial Hospital and see why they chose the XLERATOR hand dryers. The senior living community Seabury Life Planning also uses Excel hand dryers.

What are the CDC guidelines for hand washing during the COVID-19 pandemic? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest washing hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. It is fundamental to dry hands completely afterward. Read more on the CDC official website.

Hygiene Links

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Use a clean towel or air hand dryer to dry your hands, dry hand are less likely to spread germs


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World Hand Hygiene Day 2024

Sharing knowledge about hand hygiene and IPC is still so important because it is ultimately a very effective way to stop the spread of harmful germs in healthcare.


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the benefits of proper warm air drying

Hand Dryers: Clearing the Air

Excel Dryer’s product line utilizes 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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Featured Studies

difference in hand hygiene methods

A Mayo Clinic Study

This study conducted by a worldwide leader in medical care, research and education concluded there are “no statistically significant differences in the efficiency of four different hand-drying methods for removing bacteria from washed hands.”

Mayo Clinic Study

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A Laval University Study

This study demonstrated that bacteria can be isolated from unused paper towels and that they may be transferred to individuals after handwashing. This may have implications in some industrial and clinical settings as well as in individuals with compromised immune systems.

Laval University Study

touchless hand hygiene solutions and their effects

A Microchem Lab Study

The results of this study indicate that the method of drying does not significantly affect bacteria levels on hands.


Microchem Lab Study