Why You Should Never Use the Hotel Hair Dryer

Hotel hair dryer

You probably know by now I’m a borderline germaphobe, especially when I travel. I almost always wipe down my plane seat, hotel room and rental car with antibacterial wipes, and I wash my hands often. But according to a , the dirtiest item in a hotel room is—get this—the hotel hair dryer!

“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” said Microbiologist Chuck Gerba after conducting germ tests in nine different Los Angeles-area hotels.

I wrote an article on 10 things you don’t need to pack, and one of them was a hair dryer since they take up too much room. Well, it looks like I might have to edit that article. And in case you’re wondering, you’re right: I don’t have enough hair to use a hair dryer.




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5 Comments on "Why You Should Never Use the Hotel Hair Dryer"

  1. Might as well just stay at home

  2. why not just wipe it down like everything else and then save the space in our suitcases? :)

  3. Wait what? How is that even possible?

  4. Great to know. Thanks for sharing!

  5. While traveling, I do my best to stay away from germs that could get me sick. Traveling weakens the immune system and I don’t need to take any chances! Now, I’m definitely taking caution when using those “free” amenities like the blow dryer and TV remote.

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