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Seven hidden hotel room germ magnets

May 13, 2010
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NEW YORK — Hotels, with their daily housekeeping, might seem like a haven from the dust, grime and filth of home. But be warned: Germs can lurk in even the cleanest-appearing rooms, according to
The article asks, how many past guests have hit that alarm clock with their dirty, sweaty hands? Not everyone is great about washing their hands.
And then there is the TV remote, easily the most touched item in the room. How thorough of a cleaning do you really think the remote gets, the article asks.
"There definitely can be hidden dangers in any hotel room, so you want to be smart," said Anne Banas, executive editor of travel website SmartTraveler.
Brooke Ferencsik, of user-generated review site TripAdvisor, recommends wiping down high traffic areas, such as the remote, telephone and door knobs with an antibacterial wipe.
"If you find something you don''t like, you can always ask for another room. If it''s particularly bad, you might want to change hotels, Ferencsik said.
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