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Hotel hair dryers might have a larger number of germs than you think

Hotel hair dryers host more germs than you can imagine, as an investigation by ABC News on the hygiene of hotel rooms shows.

Microbiologist Chuck Gerba conducted several germ tests in nine Los Angeles hotel rooms – three lower-priced, three medium-priced and three high-end. “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. “The biggest concern in a hotel room is picking up cold, flu virus or viruses that cause diarrhoea. It doesn’t take very many to make you ill.”

Plenty of items were studied, among them being toilets, sinks, drinking glasses and irons. Six of the nine bathroom sinks tested had germ levels that could be considered excessive. Another area found to have hidden germs was the room-service menu. At one of the five-star hotels, the experiment revealed high levels of bacteria, while the others were clean. “They flip through the pages. They put their fingers here. So, you are more likely to find something here,” Gerba explained.

Another cause for concern were ice buckets. A three-star hotel in Beverly Hills had a bucket that had five times the amount of germs Gerba considered acceptable. Furthermore, the germ level for toilets was higher than that of home toilets, according to the Independent.

However, Joe McInerney of the American Hotel and Lodging Association believes these findings shouldn’t concern us too much. “Roughly four million people sleep in hotels every day and there are very, very few cases of anybody catching any type of a disease from staying in a hotel,” he said.

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