Woman's Facebook post will put you off using hand dryers

A woman claims she grew this vile-looking bacteria and fungi from inside a public hand dryer in just three minutes. Source Facebook  Nichole Ward

A woman claims she grew this vile-looking bacteria and fungi from inside a public hand dryer in just three minutes. Source Facebook Nichole Ward

Ward claims she stuck the open dish under a Dyson Airblade for three minutes.

"Ok guys. ready to have your mind blown?!" writes Nichole Ward of California on Facebook along side a picture of a bacteria-filled Petri dish.

Nevertheless, Nichole's post has been shared more than 530,000 times since being made last week - and it's even caused countless people to start using paper towels again. While every petri dish in the class came back with colonies of bacteria and fungi, let's just say Ward's had cultivated an entire new civilization of filth.

This is the result of a scientist's experiment on public hand dryers. Yes 3 only. DO NOT EVER dry your hands in those things again.

The health warning comes during the height of one of the nastiest flu seasons in years.

"Next time you dry your hands in a public toilet using an electric hand dryer, you may be spreading bacteria without knowing it".

The woman claims she put a Petri dish inside a public hand dryer then incubated it for 48 hours. Source Facebook  Eddie Goose Rimer
The woman claims she put a Petri dish inside a public hand dryer then incubated it for 48 hours. Source Facebook Eddie Goose Rimer

She had previously revealed that it was a Dyson Airblade, however she has since removed the brand's name since the post went viral.

A spokesperson from Dyson provided the following statement about the controversial Facebook post: We're very surprised to see these results, and unclear on the methodology employed.

Both jet and warm air hand dryers spread bacteria into the air and onto users and those nearby. "Dyson AirbladeTM hand dryers are proven hygienic by university research and are trusted by hospitals, food manufacturers and business worldwide". "It just looks cross because they were growing for 48 hours on very rich media, which is enough to make some pretty giant colonies".

In order for the bacteria and fungi to be truly harmful, Tetro says the plate would have to be covered with colonies, but it is not as there are only a few that have overgrown.

"But I have found out that a lot of schools have taken out paper towels in the kids restrooms due to budget savings! and they wonder why there is so much sickness/superbugs in schools!"

Thinking that it is only hot air coming into contact with our hands, we walk out of the toilet feeling assured that our hands are clean. You should still wash your hands with soap after using the bathroom though.


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