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Study proves hot air hand dryers spread dangerous germs

Using paper towels helps to prevent the spread of germs

According to a study carried out by scientists at the University of Leeds and published in the Journal of Hospital Infection*, hand dryers spread five times more germs than using a paper towel. Here at Alpha Consumables we’ve always been champions of the good old paper towel over hand dryers and this study just goes to show what we already know: hand dryers are a potential health hazard!

The University of Leeds study goes to far as to recommend that hand dryers should be banned from hospital toilets as they blow bacteria around the room, spreading microbes across surfaces including clothing, sinks, floors and walls. Obviously this can prove extremely dangerous, especially in environments where there are sick and vulnerable patients. During the study, scientists discovered in locations where hand dryers are used, there were high levels of bacteria which can cause serious illnesses including blood poisoning, pneumonia and gastroenteritis.

Whilst air hand dryers utilise no-touch technology to dry hands, paper towels absorb water quickly and when disposed of correctly, hazardous microbes end up in the bin, rather than on other surfaces. With this in mind, paper towels offer a cost-effective, simple way to help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.

Paper towels provide an ideal solution for care homes, nurseries, clinics, GP surgeries and schools, helping to prevent the spread of germs and harmful bacteria. This study shows that the method we use to dry our hands really does have an impact upon health so why not ditch the hot air dryers and return to paper towels instead?

Buy hand towels and waste bins from Alpha Consumables

Here at Alpha Consumables our range of paper towels, hand soap and waste bins are available to buy online with efficient, cost-effective delivery times and prices. When used in conjunction with a colour -coded cleaning system, paper towels and soap can help to spread the harmful bacteria which can cause anything from the common cold, through to life-threatening illnesses.

It’s our aim to make buying janitorial supplies including paper towels and colour coded cleaning equipment as straightforward as possible and as the majority of our stock is available to buy in bulk, why not plan ahead and stock up now?


Anti Bacterial 30 Seconds Contact time

Anti-Bacterial Clean

  • Has Been formulated so that it is Ready to Use.
  • It can be Used for all general cleaning sanitation.
  • This Sanitiser Complies with BS EN 1276, BS EN 13697.
  • Contact time is  30 seconds
  • As detailed on the
  • This product works great with our All Purpose Cloths

Effective Against Escherichia Coli,Staphylococcus Aureus, Enterococcus Hirae, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Quantity: 2 x 5 ltrs

Antibacterial all Purpose Cloths Refills

Antibacterial all Purpose Cloths

Alpha Consumables wipes on a roll. Ideal for a wide range of uses, washable and reusable.

  • Suitable for Nurseries,Warehouse, Office, Home, Work, Factory,Schools
  • Can be used for wiping surfaces, mopping up light spills, cleaning and polishing with sprays and dry dusting
  • Food safe, offering a colour-coded wiping system
  • Soft to touch, available in yellow, red, green and blue
  • Wipe size:
  • 200 cloths inside approx 22 x 37cm
  • No dispenser Required


Great News

We are really happy to announce that we have been working to help local Charities with our Free Give away of Toys.

Leeds Children’s Hospital provides one of the most comprehensive range of specialist children’s hospital services in the country and is a regional centre looking after youngsters from birth to the age of 16 living right across Yorkshire and beyond.

Our highly experienced staff are dedicated to achieving the very best outcomes for acutely ill children and those with long term conditions, and care for young people with cancer and needing liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants. We have invested millions of pounds in improving our wards and departments, and have excellent facilities to support patients who need to stay on site with a dedicated facility next to the hospital.


Environment Agency Waste Carrier



Zero waste to landfill sounds like a nice idea, but hardly a corporate priority, particularly given the tough economic conditions companies are facing across the globe.

That is why Alpha Consumables are always looking to Reduce your/there cardboard lets reuse as much as possible we all need to help.

Always ask the driver to remove your cardboard.


EU Ecolabel-Green

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Alpha Consumables is happy to announce the following on their Hand Towels.

“To qualify for the EU Ecolabel , products have to comply with tough set of criteria assessing their environmental impact: from extraction of raw materials and factory production through to packaging, their use and final disposal”.