Hotels look clean, but they can be some of the…
Grimiest, most bacteria-infested places you visit on vacation. Yes, they could even be worse than a gas station bathroom. While you’re enjoying your pricey hotel room to the fullest, you likely are smearing your face all over the hotel’s pillows, towels, and washcloths. You let your children play on the floor, use the hotel’s cups and dishes, and fall asleep on top of a questionably clean bedspread. During your vacation, the last thing you want is to expose your family to dangerous germs. Not only is it revolting to think about sharing the spit of your room’s previous tenants, it’s also putting you at risk for diseases such as norovirus and other contagious illnesses. To keep clean for the length of your stay, avoid getting too cozy with these especially germy spots.
Vents can both grow and distribute mold to neighboring rooms. This mold can travel through the air and enter your lungs, causing respiratory problems. This mold can travel through the air and enter your lungs, causing respiratory problems. While it may have been wiped clean, sometimes hotel maids use the same cloth to wipe your counter, faucet, and toilet. That means all the bacteria from the toilet (and the toilets of neighboring rooms) gets wiped on your “clean” counter, pretty gross! Maybe turn the lights out with a tissue. Clambering back to the bathroom in the dark sounds difficult, but if you knew how many germs were on the bedside lamp switch, you’d be running to go wash your hands after you turned off the light. It’s probably a good idea to wash your hands before bed, regardless.
And carpets are ideal breeding grounds for all kinds of germs. The hotel may vacuum its flooring, but it’s not cleaning all the nooks and crevices. They’re certainly not disinfecting it each day – I recommend you don’t allow your kids to play around on the hotel room floor.
Article credit: The Daily Meal
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