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Mom's Pic of Fungi Grown From Bathroom Hand Dryer Goes Viral

Dyson claims hand dryers are hygienic.

February 10, 2018

A mother and microbiology student in Carlsbad, California, has completed an experiment that'll have you reaching for the Purell. Nichole Ward has gone viral thanks to a Facebook pic that shows the horrific organisms she grew in a Petri dish after putting it under a hand dryer. "Ready to have your mind blown? This here is what grew in a Petri dish in just a few days," Nichole wrote in her January 30 post. "I stuck the open plate in an enclosed hand dryer of a public bathroom for a total of three minutes...DO NOT EVER dry your hands in those things again." Ward originally identified the hand dryer as a Dyson Airblade, but later removed that from her post. Meanwhile, Dyson said in a statement, "Dyson Airblade hand dryers are proven hygienic by university research and are trusted by hospitals, food manufacturers and businesses worldwide."