A California scientist is warning people to beware enclosed hand dryers in public restrooms with a truly sickening photo.
Nichole Ward, who appears to work in some sort of scientific lab in Carlsbad, California, took to Facebook last week to share the troubling results of an experiment.
The photo she posted, which has now gone viral, shows a Petri dish packed with fungi and bacteria after it had been put inside a Dyson Airblade for just three minutes.
Ew: Scientist Nichole Ward posted this image on Facebook, explaining that the Petri dish was held inside an enclosed dryer for just three minutes and grew this within 48 hours
‘Ok guys… ready to have your mind blown?!’ she began. ‘This here is what grew in a Petri dish after just a few days.’
The image shows a Petri dish with several things growing quite large in it after just 48 hours. She went on to explain that the dish has ‘several strains of possible pathogenic fungi and bacteria’ which end up on the hands of people who use enclosed hand dryers.
Pathogenic fungi and bacteria are those that cause disease.
‘I stuck the open plate in an enclosed hand dryer of a public bathroom for a total of 3 minutes. Yes 3 only. DO NOT EVER dry your hands in those things again,’ she added.
Later, she mentioned the brand Dyson, which has hand dryer models that are enclosed. The user sticks his or her hands in through the top, and air blows at the front and back.
Rebuttal: She mentioned Dyson dryers like this one specifically, though Dyson has released a statement saying its dryers are ‘proven hygienic by university research and are trusted by hospitals, food manufacturers and businesses worldwide’
Nichole’s post has since been shared over a half a million times, and she has said that even she was surprised that the results were so bad.
‘I’ve used it so many times but so glad I know now. From now on I just wash and scrub, and dry on my clothes or shake and air dry OUTSIDE of the bano,’ she said.
‘This is literally what grows once incubated. But it’s the very contaminates that you’re drying your hands with but you cannot see with the naked eye until it’s incubated.’
‘From an outside perspective, a blow dryer makes sense,’ she went on. ‘But the spores in the air of a bathroom are SERIOUS and this was obviously overlooked. So the enclosed (like Dyson) are the worst.
‘But not much worse as the older ones that you push the silver button and dry that way. Fungi spores are still swarming so either way. Do not use them. Just wash with water and soap and leave with wet hands. Paper towels I think I still safe though.
Nope! Nichole said she had always used the dryers herself but wouldn’t any longer
A spokesperson from Dyson told ABC Action News that they were ‘very surprised to see these results,’ though they are ‘unclear on the methodology employed’.
‘All Dyson AirbladeTM hand dryers have HEPA filters that capture particles as small as bacteria from the washroom air before it leaves the machine,’ the statement went on.
‘Dyson AirbladeTM hand dryers are proven hygienic by university research and are trusted by hospitals, food manufacturers and businesses worldwide.’
Still, commenters on Nichole’s post are convinced enough by the image.
‘So freaking nasty! Never using one of those blowers again,’ wrote one woman.
‘I never trusted those things and always dry my hands on my clothes if they have them in public restrooms. Now I know why my gut said don’t trust them!’ wrote another.