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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 Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

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            Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

            If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

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            The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

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            After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

            Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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            3. Chew slowly

            Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

            Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

            Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

            4. Let go

            Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

            The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

            It’s not. Promise.

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            Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

            Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

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            5. Enjoy the journey

            Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

            Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

            6. Look at the big picture

            The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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            Will this matter to me…

            • Next week?
            • Next month?
            • Next year?
            • In 10 years?

            Hint: No, it won’t.

            I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

            Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

            7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

            You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

            Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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            8. Practice patience every day

            Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

            • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
            • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
            • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

            Final thoughts

            Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

            Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

            Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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