Paying more doesn’t exempt you
NATTHAPONG-SUNTORNDECH/Shutterstock Let’s get this common misconception out of the way: High-end hotels don’t have fewer micro-organisms. In fact, they can have many more. “You would think paying more for a hotel would also net you a cleaner room, but investigative reporters have found that not always to be the case,” says Jennifer Stagg, MD, naturopathic physician and author of Unzip Your Genes: 5 Choices To Reveal A Radically Radiant You. Check out these tips for how to make your hotel stay as safe and healthy as possible.
Bathroom counter and faucet
Vereshchagin-Dmitry/Shutterstock “The bathroom counter and faucets can sometimes be cleaned with the same cloth used to clean the toilet, thereby transferring germs from fecal matter onto the counter and faucets,” explains Dr. Stagg. “This can lead to gastrointestinal infections. There may also be GI and respiratory viruses lingering on surfaces.” Worse yet, these cloths are often used from room to room. Logic Products founder Jill Taft also points out that the cleaning staff often just rinses the glasses in the bathroom and mini bar with water. Never use them! This is where germs hide in your home.