Ewwww! Here’s the scoop on the poop that you’re attracting to your hands…

The new study has an innocuous name: “Deposition of Bacteria and Bacterial Spores by Bathroom Hot-Air Hand Dryers.”

Its findings are anything but…

The study, published by the American Society for Microbiology, did microbial surveys of bathrooms at the University of Connecticut to find out whether hot-air hand dryers draw in microbes and then blow them back out. The findings were gross — really gross.

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“The full cycle goes like this: when you flush a toilet that doesn’t have a lid, the turbulence of the flush sends fecal particles into the air, where they hover in a miasmic cloud; when the dryers switch on, they pull these particles in through their intake, heat them up, and spray them onto your moist hands and other moist, hospitable surfaces where their bacteria can thrive,” BoingBoing reported.

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