Travel + Leisure
February 20, 2018 5:00 pm
Inti St Clair/Getty Images

Travel is a dirty business.

From public transit to airports to taxis, germs run rampant. You may think once you check into your hotel room, you’re finally in a safe space away from infectious diseases. But you are wrong; nowhere is safe. Hotel rooms are filth incubators just like everywhere else.

According to one study, approximately 81 percent of surfaces swabbed in a hotel room had at least “some” fecal bacteria. But the most egregious surface was that of the TV remote control. Light switches weren’t much better.

Anywhere near the toilet is likely to have some filth. But perhaps the most alarming part of the hotel room is one of the places that’s supposed to be most comforting.

Related article: Hotel hair dryers may not be as sanitary as you think

While hotels change the bed sheets between guests, they are far less likely to change the actual bedspread.

Reynolds went on to explain that while hotels generally clean between guests, there is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Hotel guests who want to remain vigilant about coming in contact with germs should travel with disinfecting wipes. But the most practical piece of advice is to wash hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth after touching a foreign surface.