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Infographic: Paper Towels Are Essential to Limit the Spread of Germs

Paper towels are widely recognized for their role in maintaining cleanliness and hygiene, both inside and outside the home.

But do you know the benefits of paper towels? AF&PA recently released an infographic demonstrating best practices for cleaning and hygiene.

Especially now, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, paper towels play an important role in sanitizing routines. According to a study done by the International Association for Food Protection, many experts agree that using paper towels in the kitchen and around your home is better for minimalizing germ growth on surfaces than sponges and hand towels.

It’s also the recommended product by The Mayo Clinic and CDC for limiting the spread of germs in healthcare settings, and according to the World Health Organization, paper towels should be used to dry hands and turn off the faucet after washing.

Paper towels are essential. Like many other paper products, paper towels are made from renewable resources (trees and/or recycled paper). While each brand may differ, paper towels are there to help you take on germs at home and work.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper