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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 Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

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            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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