Why you should never use the hairdryer in a hotel room

You might want to start packing your own after reading this...


There are certain things you can expect from a hotel room.

Clean sheets and towels should (hopefully) come as standard. There are normally some free toiletries thrown in.

Fancier places may have a mini bar and some tasty snacks on offer.

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And of course there should be a hairdryer - one of the perks of staying in a hotel is that you don't need to lug yours round with you.

Process of drying hair. Young woman drying her wet hair.

But you may actually want to start packing your own one.

A past investigation by ABC News uncovered some grim truths about hotel hairdryers.

Namely, they're more germ-infested than a dirty toilet which, in a way, makes sense. While the toilet gets a regular clean, hairdryers tend to stay hidden away in drawers.

Chuck Gerba, the microbiologist in charge of the experiment, swabbed nine different hotel room items.

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He made sure he visited a range of hotels, which varied in price from £60 to £302.

His findings?

"There must be some things you can do with a hair dryer that I am not aware of because some of them were pretty germy."

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It's believed this "germiness" occurs because cleaners will focus on items like the toilet, bath and sink in a hotel bathroom.

Other objects which are frequently touched, but may not be as obviously "dirty", are things like hairdryers, kettles and the light switch.

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