With carpeted floors, down pillows and floor-to-ceiling windows, the standard hotel room is usually a dream to lounge in. But more often than not, it’s also pretty filthy — and the dirtiest spots may not even be where you think they are.
After all, hundreds of strangers have laid in the very same bed, sat on the very same chair and drank from the very same cup. You don’t know how their hygiene habits were like, and you definitely don’t know how things were cleaned (if at all) after they checked out.
Think that nowhere else in the room can be as germy as the toilet? Well, according to Time, one study that was presented to the American Society of Microbiology found that light switches and TV remotes were the most bacteria-ridden things, though toilets and sinks didn’t rank too far behind.
Kelly Reynolds, an associate professor of environmental health at University of Arizona, explained to the magazine that this is because hard surfaces frequently touched by multiple people make good breeding ground for microbes.
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Not that that it means that the toilet is a safe zone.
“When you flush the toilet, the viruses and the feces do get spread throughout the walls of the toilet, the flush handle, and the walls of the bathroom,” she added.
Reynolds also warned that the carpet and bedspread are two other spots you should be cautious about, especially since lots of hotels don’t actually change the bed sheets every time.
“A lot of people will recommend just folding the bedspread back or throwing it on the chair and don’t use it while you’re there,” she advises.
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