Another Ugly Truth About Hotels Exposed: The Remote Control is Filthy

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    Another Ugly Truth About Hotels Exposed: The Remote Control is Filthy

     
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    At least the housekeepers could do it with a remote control when they make up the room. :oops:
     
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    So the advice is don't use remote controls on a plane
     
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    :D:D:D
     
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    What they don't tell you in that picture is that the little bag they put the remote into was previously used to clean the underside of the toilet rim. ;)

    For the germaphobes out there, bring a plastic bag. Pick up the remote through the bag, turn the bag inside-out, fold the bag closed and operate the remote through the bag so it's never touched. I'd suggest using the 3-1-1 quart sized bags but we all know how filthy the TSA trays must be. Hey, another advantage: if the remote accidentally falls into the toilet -- no worries! It's in a waterproof bag!

    Then use another bag for the bathroom doorknob, another for climate controls, another for ....
     
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    I just carry a box of disposable blue latex gloves. Also useful on the plane with those nasty germ-covered tray tables.
     
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    Another report we saw on TV yesterday said that another very overlooked and extremely germified item in a hotel room are the room's telephones which may have been handled by someone after a bathroom visit, and are not often cleaned by the hotel's cleaning staff. Most people use their own cellphones anyway, but do you then have to make a costly international call on your cellphone while staying at an overseas hotel, just to call down to the front desk or order room service? Local SIM card helps I guess.
     
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    Flame-throwers also work well as germ-killers. Use liberally.
     
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    I cannot be surprised. The remote is. Eeww
     
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    this is actually quite old news.... but apparently new to some.
    It's always a good idea to be mindful of these things, but with a normal immune system and perhaps some extra hand washing (like before you eat something with your hands or rub your eyes, etc.) it isn't a much of a threat to most people.
     
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    I use them as well. Usually for the effect after seeing some germaphobe slather on antibacterial cleaner.I just slide on a cheap surgical mask and a pair of nice bright blue nitrile gloves and sit back.
     
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    As someone who has abused my immune system all my life (street vendors in SA and Asia and living on the economy in Thailand, The PI, and Central America) I tend to ignore nervous nellies and enjoy the experience and the mystery meat on a stick!
     
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    Actually, "strengthened" would be a better word than "abused".
     
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    When I travel a put a few disinfectant wipes in a sealed plastic bags to wipe down my airline seat area, interior of rental car, and hotel remote(s).
     
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    Most people do not even wash their hands after using the bathroom.

    It is far safer keeping housekeeping out of your room, for you and the items stored in there.,
     
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    I remember when this was news, oh, a decade ago. For a brief period, hotels apparently started doing some cleaning of the remotes, then putting them in sanitary cardboard shields. (Mainly, as I recall, this was the hotels that ocassional travelers patronize - Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express.) Modern version picture here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Location...onvention_Centre-Courtenay_Comox_Valley_.html Then the crisis became comforters or something, and we all moved on. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fR4gBqO-QrU/UhVp2agywEI/AAAAAAAABJM/_cX168rv69A/s1600/IMG_3670.JPG
     

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