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So, what's with those electric hand dryers? Clean and green, yes, but also really annoying

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Janet Fang, temporary hand model, demonstrates the skin-rippling effect of the XLERATOR, the first in an increasingly popular class of more powerful hand dryers. (Emily Muhlhausen/CNS)

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Patrons to this Penn Station restroom in New York unanimously preferred paper towels to hand dryers, an unscientific study showed. (Emily Muhlhausen/CNS)

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Janet Fang, temporary hand model, demonstrates the skin-rippling effect of the XLERATOR, the first in an increasingly popular class of more powerful hand dryers. (Emily Muhlhausen/CNS)

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The electric hand dryer, adored by facilities managers and janitors, is hated by restroom users despite being touted as environmentally superior to paper towels. What is an eco-conscious dryer-detester to do?


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