Sure, you could save a few bucks on your next vacation by brewing the free coffee in your hotel room. But unless you want a mouthful of somebody else’s disgusting germs, you might want to think again about that cup of joe.
Rumor has it that some people actually wash their underwear in the kettles found in your hotel room. That’s right—these desperate travelers boil the water and stick their used undergarments in there. Splurging on a latte from the Starbucks across the street is sounding better and better.
Don’t believe us? Take it straight from Twitter, where a user heard about the gross habit from a friend. (By the way, way too many people DON’T wash their underwear, either.)
Real question: does anyone I know clean their underwear in a kettle when travelling?
— Guy 'Yug' Blomberg (@YugSTAR) August 22, 2017
As to be expected, the rest of the Internet freaked out, too.
What type of sick world do we live in where people clean their underwear in a kettle? It's official. Boiling water is no longer safe. pic.twitter.com/qtTxrm80Fi
— B1ack Sword 🇦🇺 (@B1ackSword) August 23, 2017
Welp, remind me to never use a hotel kettle ever again.
— Adriel Wallick (@MsMinotaur) August 22, 2017
To add insult to injury, Dr. Heather Hendrickson, a senior lecturer in Molecular Biosciences at Massey University in Aukland, told Gizmodo that boiling your underwear in a kettle isn’t even effective. Boiling kills most germs, but it doesn’t kill all the microorganisms lingering in your underwear. So, if you’re one of the culprits, please do us a favor: “Be respectful of other people and don’t do this!” Dr. Hendrickson says. “I am totally grossed out!”
Sadly, that isn’t the only germ-ridden spot in your hotel room. You might want to avoid taking a bath in your hotel tub, and here’s why you should never, ever use the hotel hair dryer, either.
Sleeping in the car during your next vacation? We might just join you.