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6 Of The Dirtiest Things In A Hotel Room

Um, yeah. You're going to want to pack some disinfectant wipes in your suitcase.

When you plan a vacation, do you think about the cleanliness the hotel room where you’re staying? Most hotels do a decent job with housekeeping. However, certain spots in a room collect more germs than others just from frequent use. Housekeepers get busy and sometimes things can get overlooked.

As you plan your next vacation, keep in mind these seven items, which tend to be the dirtiest things in a hotel room. You might want to pack some disinfectant wipes in your suitcase after reading about them.

1. The Bed Spread

After you’ve checked your hotel bed for bugs—a must on any trip, no matter where you stay—take that bed spread off the bed! The covers are not usually changed between guests. Some experts claim the bedspreads may only get washed and changed out about four times a year. Ewww—not exactly something you want to curl up in!

hotel bed photo
Getty Images | Giuseppe Cacace

2.Remote Control

Everyone touches this thing, so it’s no wonder it’s full of germs. In fact, a Today Show investigation found that remotes are the dirtiest thing in hotel rooms. They even found one remote control containing colonies of E. coli—which most often comes from fecal contamination. Again, wipe that thing down before picking it up and using it!

tv remote photo
Flickr | Victor Semionov

3. Drinking Glasses

Plastic cups may seem cheap, but they actually offer more germ protection than the fancy glasses. An ABC investigation found that some hotels don’t follow health codes when cleaning glasses. The glasses should be cleaned in the dishwasher and sterilized. However, ABC found that some workers didn’t replace glasses between guests; they only wiped them down—sometimes using the same rag used to clean the bathroom! After you check in, go to the front desk and swap those germ-infested glasses for some cups wrapped in plastic.

drinking glass photo
Flickr | rachelgiulia

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