The average hotel room is filthier than a typical home, school, or even a plane, according to a study. The cleaning staff has a quick turnaround for rooms and rarely do they disinfect random items like your ice bucket.
A study titled Hotel Hygiene Exposed found the highest bacteria-filled areas were the bathroom counter and remote control, while an ABC News investigation “uncovered hotel drinking glasses that were so dirty they could pose a serious risk to your health.”
Don’t let a clean-looking room fool you; even the most expensive and attractive hotel rooms have hidden germs. Just because the bed is nicely made doesn’t mean the sheets were just cleaned; and although your carpet may look spotless, that doesn’t mean it was just vacuumed.
Some of the most frequently touched places — phone, light switches, pillowcases — are contaminated with harmful bacteria and germs. Always remember to properly inspect your room and bring disinfectant wipes with you so that you can wipe down all of these germ-infested objects.