I am about to make a statement that might shock most of you, but when you really think about it, this isn’t surprising: Hotels are dirty. Period. It doesn’t matter if it is a New York hotel like the Waldorf-Astoria or the hourly-rate room right down the street that you know for a fact is dirty. They are all dirty and I am here to help the germaphobe in all of us defeat that thought of staying in a nasty hotel the next time you have to travel.
One of the best things you can do to avoid as many germs as possible is try to make your hotel reservations at a decent hotel. While it may cost a little more, it will be somewhat better taken care of as opposed to a cheaper hotel.
The first thing you will want to do once you have checked in is spray EVERYTHING with Lysol. This will help eliminate most of the germs, especially when it comes to handles, phones, remotes, etc.
The next thing you will want to do when staying at a hotel is to not use the dressers to store your clothes. Again, hotels are dirty and so are the people that stay in them. I would be willing to bet my life’s savings that housekeeping doesn’t go through each room once it is ready to be turned over, and spray each drawer with Lysol or any type of bug killer to get rid of the potential bed bugs.
Finally, don’t walk around the room barefoot. I can’t remember the last time I saw or even heard housekeeping running a vacuum at a hotel. And as a former athlete, I stayed in my fair share of hotels. There is no telling what kinds or critters or life forms are on those hotel carpets. The best thing to do is pack a pair of flip flops no matter where you are going. Or at the very least, walk around in socks.
So these things might seem a little extreme, but who’s to say that I’m wrong either? It is always best to be prepared for the worst than to not expect it and I don’t want to even think about what it would be like to contract something from a hotel. So the next time you are out traveling and have to stay at a hotel, try to do these things to make the experience a little more pleasurable.