Hotel bathroom hairdryers are a hotspot for grime and germs

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Unless you are prepared to forgo space and weight luggage limits to pack your favourite styling blower, then you’re probably the type of traveller who uses the hotel bathroom hairdryer.

Until now …

Turns out hotel hairdryers are a horrible hotspot (pun intended) for grime and germs. They are, in a word, grotty, and one can only imagine what some guests use them for other than styling their locks.

Microbiologist Chuck Gerba worked with US network ABC to investigate hotel cleanliness and found hairdryers were among the most conspicuous items for contamination.

“There must be some things you can do with a hairdryer that I am not aware of, because some of them were pretty germy,” said Mr Gerba.

His investigation revealed that, because they’re often ignored during room cleans, some of the tested dryers could become dirtier than sinks and toilets. Some may even go for years without being disinfected.

And this investigation didn’t just focus on cut-rate accommodation either. Nine of the 11 rooms tested cost around $500 per night. Six of these rooms had sinks that were downright disgusting.

Maybe next time, just pack a hat.

Do you use the hotel hairdryer? If so, will you keep using it?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?



Total Comments: 3
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    These days it is easy to carry a small bottle of hand disinfectant with you everywhere you go. Grab a tissue (or tissue paper always supplied in the bathroom) squeeze a small amount of the gel onto the paper and wipe over the hairdryer. With luggage weight limits reducing a hairdryer is definitely a luxury item not a necessary one. I am very happy using a hotel supplied hairdryer and it only takes a few seconds to make sure it is “clean” before using it.

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    Hotel hair dryers are useful for drying off laundry that hasn’t completely dried overnight.

    Hotel TV remote controls are in the same category. Handle at your own risk. I keep a couple of freezer bags in my case. Put the remote in the bag and it won’t be a problem.

    As with everything, A SIMPLE BIT OF COMMON SENSE here people. WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER TOUCHING STUFF like this. How hard is it??

    As an aside, how many people here make sure they wash their hands or use sanitiser after they have been on the train or bus, touching the doors, seats, hanging straps etc?? Very few I’ll bet. We can get over paranoid about this stuff, but if you are meeting friends for coffee or a meal, it makes sense to ensure you hands are clean first, just to be safe while eating.

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    Do you handle money. Shopping trolley handles & money are the dirtiest things you will probably touch while travelling. Don’t be a princess. Wash your hands Jeffery.
    Also. Carry disinfective wipes in your bag. Wipe stuff, like hair driers & door handles, taps , if you must.



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