Hotel Rooms' Dirty Little Secrets Make Us Even More Afraid of Germs

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hotel roomAre you one of those people who gets a little bit creeped out every time you check into a hotel room because you're paranoid about whether or not it's been cleaned properly? (I am. And my husband always laughs at me for it.) Because if you're not -- you probably should be. (Just think for a second about what people do behind closed doors!)

According to a discussion on Reddit with former hotel staffers, the rooms are possibly way more disgusting than we initially thought. And some of the germiest and most gag-worthy spots in hotel rooms may not be exactly where you'd expect.

Warning -- if you are squeamish, you may not want to read any farther. (Or at least wait until you've fully digested your food before perusing this list.)

1. The remote control -- According to the Reddit hotel worker, the remote almost never gets cleaned. (Did you hear that? The remote NEVER gets cleaned. And considering what kinds of programs some people watch late at night in hotels -- this is beyond disgusting.)

2. Mini-bar mix-up -- Ummmm, supposedly there was an incident where a guest drank a bottle of whiskey out of the mini-bar, but didn't want to pay for it, so he peed in it and put it back. And that's just FOUL.

3. Water glasses -- I feel like this one should be a no-brainer, but those glasses in the bathroom are apparently only rinsed out if they aren't noticeably dirty. (This is why I always pack plastic cups.)

4. Bedspreads -- Yet another obvious guess, but with many hotels switching from yucky bedspreads to duvet coverlets, I pretty much assumed that they were cleaned in between every single guest. Supposedly one worker was trained to simply wipe "suspicious white stains" (gee, what could that be?) off with a damp cloth until it couldn't be seen. (Excuse me while I pause and go throw up.)

5. Chairs, sofas, etc. -- Soooo, apparently plenty of people sit on hotel furniture naked. (Let's hope Prince Harry's suite was thoroughly cleaned.)

6. Jacuzzi tub -- All sorts of nasty stuff gets clogged in the jets -- and winds up in your bath water when you turn them on.

Bottom line, be careful when choosing a hotel, and inspect the room when you check in. And packing a bottle of Lysol (or perhaps wearing clothing that covers your body from head to toe) probably wouldn't hurt either.

Have you ever had a really gross hotel experience?


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nonmember avatar Aayin

You realize you're covered in germs right now? Just wash your hands a lot and you'll be fine.

geeky... geekychick

I always bleach wipe the remote, phones, handles, basically any hard surface I can and then I bring a couple kings sized flat sheets to lay over chairs and couches.

ilove... ilovemy4kiddies

I hate hotel rooms for just this reason. They look clean but really are fowl. I usually lay towels or sheets on sofas and such and won't use the top comforter but I LOVE geekychicks bleach wipe idea and will be doing that from now on too. simple smile



I go in with my latex gloves on and my Clorox wipes and wipe.down.EVERYTHING and remove the bedspread, blankets and pillows while still wearing said gloves and put them in a corner. I even take my own sheets just in case. 

Rachp... Rachpach1984

I do not know what hotels these inside sources worked for, but I have been working in hotels for years and while the sofas cannot be washed (only spot cleaned and vacuumed), the other things are washed between every guest. Where I work now, everything, including remotes are wiped down with sanitizing wipes between guests.

Jespren Jespren

I think this probably varies greatly between hotels and is certainly part of the difference between $50 a night and $150 (or $500) a night. My family did get into a hotel one night while traveling that was so disgusting we walked out after check in.

BusyM... BusyMom7789

If I stay in a hotel I usually bring a bag designated to cleaning the rooms.  Clorox wipes, Scrub and Bubble for the bathroom, sheets, blankets, pillowcases for the beds and couch, chair, and disposable cups.  When I get home I rewash everything in hot water twice then put them aside for next visit.  A little over the top but makes me feel more comfortable.  Also I buy dollar flip flops to wear around the room.

nonmember avatar moosemommy

The worst hotel I ever stayed in was In Rome. I took a group of students, so I couldn't haul 40 kids out and find a new spot. Our curtain-less shower was 70% covered in mold. The sheets on my bed had blood. Another had some icky bug. The walls were filthy. Carved on one of the girl's bed was " I'm under your bed". Etc, etc, etc We all survived. We have stories to tell. We all took really to showers the next time we had the chance.

JillandJames Brush

My family and I stayed at a Howard Johnston in Toronto. Not only were there dead bugs behind the fridge, but I found an empty pill container in the bathroom and we were bitten by bed bugs.

nonmember avatar karen

I'm a housekeeper in a hotel. I do clean the tv remote, I also clean the door handles and the rods to open the curtains among lots of other things in the room. Our cups are disposable and wrapped in plastic. I am a germophobic, so I thoroughly clean! I take a lot of pride in my work. Also, when I see those white stains, I CHANGE the bedspread. As someone said earlier, the cleanliness of a room could depend on the cost of the hotel, but it depends more on the person who cleans it. So please don't group all hotel rooms as though they are all the same. Give some of us some credit.

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