Vile viral picture shows fungus and bacteria ‘from inside bathroom hand dryer’

Rob Waugh

A truly horrible viral Facebook image has showcased what one person claims is the bacteria and fungi from inside public hand dryers.

Nichole Ward of California claims to have put a Petri dish inside a hand dryer, then incubated it for 48 hours.

She said, ‘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. This is the several strains of possible pathogenic fungi and bacteria that you’re swirling around your hands, and you think you’re walking out with clean hands. You’re welcome.’

What’s less clear is how NIchole did it, or whether she followed the correct procedures to create her vile-looking dish – or indeed what her scientific background is.

Facebook/Nichole Ward

It’s also worth pointing out that putting everyday objects such as mobile phones into a petri dish will create an impressively horrible-looking array of bacteria.


Dyson said in a statement, ‘‘We’re very surprised to see these results, and unclear on the methodology employed.

‘Dyson Airblade hand dryers have HEPA filters that capture particles as small as bacteria from the washroom air before it leaves the machine. Dyson Airblade hand dryers are proven hygienic by university research and are trusted by hospitals, food.’