This is why you should never use the kettle in your hotel room

We are all for travel hacks, but this is just gross.

Photos: TPGOpen
Photos: TPGOpen
30 Aug 2017

Photos: TPGOpen

The next time you are travelling, you might want to think twice about using the kettle in your hotel room. It was recently reported on Gizmodo Australia that travellers use kettles to clean their underwear and this unsanitary practice is more common than you think.

One Twitter user said cabin crew have been known to boil their unmentionables on overnight stopovers and a former Singapore hotel staff, who only wanted to be known as Goh, told Toggle that he has been greeted by panties in the kettles on several occasions. Erm ever heard of the sink or disposable undies?

Not only is this dirty habit gross, but boiling does not kill germs completely, leaving bacteria behind for the next hotel guests.

Disgusted? We’re just getting started. Here are other common items that you probably should avoid touching in the hotel room.
 

Hairdryer
Hairdryer
30 Aug 2017

Hairdryer

One of the biggest culprits of travel bugs is the hairdryer. Often skipped for more obviously dirty items like toilets and taps, hairdryers could go for long periods without being disinfected and were found to be one of most germ-infested items in the room, according an ABC study. Oh, and apart from hair, they could have also been used to dry those blanched undies. Just sayin'. 

Remote control
Remote control
30 Aug 2017

Remote control

Believe it or not, the TV remote control, which is often overlooked by cleaners, may house as much bacteria as the toilet seat -- think “bodily fluids and faecal matter”. So cleanse your remote control with anti-bacterial wipes before channel surfing or if you are germaphobe, wrap it with a plastic bag to avoid direct contact. 

Glasses and ice buckets
Glasses and ice buckets
30 Aug 2017

Glasses and ice buckets

Other items that housekeeping staff tend to skip over are glasses and ice buckets, which are sometimes not properly sanitised due to the quick turnaround time for rooms. An ABC News Investigation uncovered that drinking glasses, especially those on the bathroom counter, “were so dirty they could pose a serious risk to your health.”

And like the kettle, you don’t know what’s been in there. “I have seen dentures soaking in glasses and ice buckets being used to wash clothes and even as makeshift potties,” said Goh. If you need to quench your thirst, use only cups that are wrapped in plastic or to be safe, stick to bottled water.

Bible
Bible
30 Aug 2017

Bible

Bibles are commonly found in hotel rooms, but if you see one lying open on your bedside table or drawer, your room might just be haunted - we've heard that hotel staff sometimes leave them open to ward off unwanted "roommates". If you want a peace of mind, request for a change of rooms stat - you don’t want to take any chances especially during the Hungry Ghost Festival!

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