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The gross reason you shouldn’t use the hotel hairdryer

By Travel at 60

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Let’s face it – not many people take a hairdryer with them on holidays because they take up so much room in the suitcase. Plus, if the hotel you’re staying at has one for you to use, what’s the point? Perhaps you also need to ask yourself the following question.

When was the last time you disinfected your hairdryer at home? It probably didn’t cross the mind of your hotel’s cleaning staff either. As it turns out, hairdryers are pretty germy things.

You’ve used a public toilet before, so you’re more than aware of how gross other people can be. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t care very much about something that doesn’t belong to them, which means they may do some pretty yucky things with the hairdryer – even if it’s just having an illness and using it.

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The ABC conducted an investigation where they sent microbiologist Chuck Gerba into nine hotels in the Los Angeles area – three were inexpensive, three medium-priced and three were high-end.

"The biggest concern in a hotel room is picking up cold, flu virus or viruses that cause diarrhea," Gerba told the ABC. "It doesn't take very many to make you ill."

He said the hair dryer was one thing that surprised him.

"There must be some things you can do with a hair dryer that I am not aware of because some of them were pretty germy," Gerba said.

Not only are you touching the hairdryer which is potentially laden with germs, you are blowing them through your hair, on your face and on your head.

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Another thing Gerba identified as particularly germy was the hotel menu.

"They [hotel guests] flip through the pages,” he said. “They put their fingers here. So, you are more likely to find something here."

If you are concerned about germs in your hotel, bring some antibacterial wipes with you and remember – even if it looks clean, it doesn’t mean it is.

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Do you bring your own hairdryer or just go without?