I have a confession -- I am a compulsive hand washer. I'm that person that keeps hand sanitizer in her purse, backpack, glove compartment and baby bag. I wash my hands before and after the restroom, and I hate bathrooms that have paper towel holders or those annoying air hand dryers.
Which is why I am so happy that Dyson -- the people who make those high-tech vacuums -- are using that same technology to bring public restroom hand dryers to the next level. The Airblade produces a 400 mph stream of clean, warm air, blown through a gap the width of an eyelash.
The sheet of air feels like a squeegee, blowing the water off your hands and leaving them completely dry in only 12 seconds. And your hands are soft and smooth once it's done. You can click here to see my 1:46-minute very amateur video of how it works.
I first used the machine at the restroom in the National Press club here in Washington. The machine costs about $1,400 for each unit. Think of all the paper towels that will be saved, also helping with the environment. I hope to see these units at an airport near me -- soon.
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