Think you’re avoiding germs by drying your hands with a paper towel? Think again.
An alarming study published in the American Journal of Infection Control notes that researchers found bacteria — including some that are known to make people sick — in unused paper towels that were transferred to hands through normal use.
Paper towels with recycled paper were the worst offenders. According to the researches, “In our study, the concentration of bacteria in the recycled paper was between 100- to 1,000-fold higher than the virgin wood pulp brand.”
Researchers say the new paper towel finding aligns with other studies that have found high bacterial counts in other kinds of recycled paper products.