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5 of the Dirtiest Parts of Your Hotel Room

5 of the Dirtiest Parts of Your Hotel Room

People have always wondered whether their hotel rooms are as pristine as advertised. Spotting a speck of dust here and there is one thing, but there have been stories of cleaners simply not cleaning the rooms at all. Are these stories true? The shocking truth is yes, and they happen more often than you think.

You want to choose the best hotel on your next trip, and one of the big considerations is hygiene. This guide is going to help you understand just where the dirtiest parts of your hotel room are so you can find out for sure whether your hotel is really offering five-star room cleaning.

1. The Pillowcase

    When you leave a hotel, you expect the pillowcase to be changed and the next guest to have a new, clean pillowcase. This does happen, most of the time.

    But even in the top hotels, the maids have been known to simply fluff up the pillow and put it back on the bed when there are no visible stains. Disgusting, right?

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    2. The TV Remote

      You’re back from a hard day’s tourism and all you want to do is kick back with a beer and switch on the hotel TV. Hold it right there – think about your own cleaning routine. Do you disinfect your TV remote?

      Most of us must admit that we don’t disinfect the TV remote on a regular basis at home. Well, if you don’t do it on a regular basis, the chances are the hotel cleaning lady doesn’t either. It’s likely it never even crosses their minds.

      But, disturbingly, repeated studies have found hotel TV remotes to contain everything from E. coli to fecal matter.

      3. The Top Blanket

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        Top blankets tend to be decorative. They make the room look nice. You might have laughed at your clean freak of a mom who quickly tossed away that same blanket and prohibited you from touching it, but she’s right. Testimonies from hotel employees and hidden investigations have revealed an awful truth.

        Those top blankets are never cleaned. They’re only cleaned when the stains start to show up. Even at the top hotels, they may wash these blankets as little as four times per year.

        Now think about just how many guests are coming through a room.

        4. The Mugs

          Tea and coffee facilities in a hotel room are standard. You might use them or you might not use them. But these aren’t like the cups that come from a restaurant or a bar. They harbor a dark truth about them.

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          Maids will do one of two things. They’ll rinse the cup out in the bathroom, without using any detergent or even hot water. Alternatively, they’ll use a special cleaning liquid. And most alarmingly of all, these cleaning liquids state that humans must not drink them. Now imagine that getting into your digestive system.

          Therefore, more hotels are supplying plastic disposable cups.

          5. The Phone

            Making a fast call to room service to bring you some more nachos is a common part of a vacation. But if you hold that phone to your ear you’re finding three times the number of germs as you would on any other item. The phone can have more germs on it than the toilet bowl!

            It falls victim to the fact that cleaning staff often overlook this item. They figure that you’re not going to know whether it’s being cleaned, so why would they put in any effort at all? They don’t.

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            What Should You Do on Your Next Hotel Trip?

            Don’t trust the hotel when they say they keep everything clean; they’re only going to give you one answer. Don’t take any chances. Throw away the top blanket and consider turning the pillowcase inside out. Bring some disinfectant wipes or liquid to spray over some of the most touched surfaces.

            And if you have any concerns that something hasn’t been changed since the last guest, don’t be afraid to complain. This is your vacation, and the customer really is always right in this situation. Most hotels will listen to what you have to say and make the necessary changes immediately.

            Where are you vacationing to next?

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            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

            Boundaries are limits

            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
            • When do you feel disrespected?
            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
            • When do you want to be alone?
            • How much space do you need?

            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

            Sample language:

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            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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            Final Thoughts

            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

            Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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