What is the dirtiest item in a hotel room?

Hey travelers, what is most important to you when it comes to travel accommodations? Did we hear you say : a clean hotel/hostel room? And does that come with expectations of a clean bathroom and towels too?

Whatever the form of accommodation, be it a hotels, hostels, dormitories or apartments, we believe you look for a constant (high) level of hygiene standards. The last thing you want is to fall ill while you are on holiday because the room you are staying is crawling with bugs, big (bed bugs…) or small (bacteria and viruses).

So where do you think is the dirtiest part of your room?

This may seem alarmist, but if this article is to be believed it is the remote control. Although this may seem to apply only to hotels and apartments, come to think about it that’s logical to apply this to dormitories and hostels too. We cannot believe that the cleaning of the room will include the remote in the case of hotels. Besides with the large number of rooms, the cleaning is more than likely focused on the prominent things. And do you think your AirBnB host routinely clean the remote too? How about the remote in the common lounge of the dorm or hostel? Seriously?

It may not be the fairest of assessment, from reading around and just putting our thinking caps on, perhaps there is a list of top 3 worst things to touch or use without being careful:

  • TV remote control
  • Bathroom sink and toilet seat
  • Switches – be it for the lights, power etc

For us we believe if you do not habitually touch your mouth or eyes, than most of this don’t matter if you wash your hands regularly with soap (not just rinse in water). Some authors recommend you prepare sanitation wipes to take preventive measures.

What would you do?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

33 thoughts on “What is the dirtiest item in a hotel room?”

  1. There was once a time when if you used budget accommodation you were well advised to wash the cutlery before use. For sure the previous guests would not have done this. Thankfully most self contained units have a dishwasher these days so this problem is redundant. I carry wipes in my bags and avoid eating hot chips or finger foods if I can’t access a tap and clean water.

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  2. Although the hotel changes sheets and sleeping pillows, I doubt they wash the decorative pillows they frequently place on beds these days. Not in the class of TV remotes, but these pillows are probably quite grotty after a couple of years of constant unwashed use.

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  3. I wont step on the floors in bare feet, or even socked feet for that matter. and the remote – thats like the ketchup bottle in a restaurant, used by everyone and never washed!!!

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    1. We wrap our remote with clear plastic which we change ever so often. We sometimes forget that it is these small items that are the most offensive! Having wipes is definitely a good practice. We do that too!

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