Once you finally arrive at your destination and head to the hotel you have booked, the first thing you ever do when you get into your room is jumping on that bed and dive deep into that soft and cozy comforter!
Everything seems sparkly and clean. However, things might not be as they seem.In fact, these rooms are used by hundreds of thousands of people, therefore, they are found to be according to many investigations teeming with nasty bacteria and germs!
#1 – THE PILLOWCASES
Even in your own sweet home, pillowcases should be changed every single day! So, it is no brainer that in hotels the pillowcases must be changed between one guest and the next. I mean, no need to rethink it, the bacteria, the oils, and the residue from the skin and hair care products end up on the pillowcase.
Thankfully, once you make a reservation in a hotel, motel, or any other type of accommodation, the hotel staff make sure to clean your room and change the sheets of bedding, including the pillowcases before you arrive.
However, pillowcases are still the dirtiest thing you can ever touch in a hotel room. According to an investigation by the Today show in 2014, the hidden cameras revealed a common bed-changing practice among maids.
They have done a pretty good job at changing most of the sheets but when it comes to dirty pillows, they just put them aside on the chair next to the bed while changing the sheets and then put them back again with nothing more than giving them a quick plump!
There might be no visible stains, but this doesn’t mean that a pillowcase touched by people’s saliva and sweat shouldn’t be washed!
#2 – THE TV REMOTE
Can you remember the last time you have disinfected your TV remote? Well, I think I know your answer. No worries, you’re not the only one. We all somehow tend to ignore this important step and guess what? People who are cleaning hotel rooms do all the same!
A microbiologist took swabs from various items that you can find in hotel rooms and surprisingly found that all the remotes in each and every room are ranked to be highly teeming with bacteria and germs.
After some analysis in the lab, the microbiologist found that remotes can actually collect all kind of gross and potentially dangerous contaminants and bacteria, including E.Coli.
The microbiologist also added that fecal contamination was also found on the remote, which can be only interpreted by the fact that someone used the restroom and obviously walked out directly from the toilet to the TV without washing their hands!
The lesson you are supposed to learn: When you are in a hotel room, don’t you ever touch TV remote before you disinfect it!
#3 – THE COMFORTER
There are many people on this planet who act in a very weird way.For instance, they would never step into the hotel room without bringing extra blankets that they can use.
I must confess, I’m one of these people and the only reason why we would something like this is that we never feel comfortable to use those nice comforters we find in the hotel room or because of other reasons which I’m sure would make you follow our steps very soon.
CNN carried an investigation into this matter and revealed a very ugly and disgusting yet shocking fact! Comforters or bedspreads are only changed 4 times a year and sometimes they are not changed at all. So, imagine how dirty these comforters can be!
So, yes my darling, you should always put in mind that not all that glitters is gold!
Next time you are willing to book a flight ticket and go spend your holiday somewhere nice, don’t forget to take an extra clean blanket that you can use instead of that dirty one in the hotel room!
#4 – THE GLASSES AND MUGS
Seriously and with no exaggeration, you must completely avoid using those uncovered glasses you find in your hotel room unless you are given those individual cups wrapped in plastic, which most of the hotels are luckily using now! Several investigations exposed some very dirty cleaning habits of maids who were caught on hidden cameras.
Most of them would only rinse out the glasses without washing them and then wipe them with a towel, even worse, they would spray ‘’Do Not Drink’’ cleaning products to refreshen them a bit. Do yourself and your health a great favor and stay away from touching these dirty glasses!
#5 – THE PHONE
Oh, yes, believe it or not, but seriously, the phone in your room service is also one of the dirtiest and most germ-filled items in a hotel room that you definitely should avoid touching!
If you feel like you must use it, you will want to clean it first with disinfecting wipes or spray first because as you might already know the phone is just so much like TV remotes. They are both most touched but unfortunately rarely involved in daily cleaning routines.
We know that no matter how hard you try, it is difficult to avoid all the germs and bacteria existing in such places like hotels but still you can be more cautious when you come in contact with these things!