We all travel at some point, whether we’re spending the weekend at Disney, travelling for work, or just taking a relaxing vacation in Tahoe, our hotel probably has one of those mini hair dryers glued to the wall in the bathroom. They’re convenient, hair dryers are large and hard to pack, especially if you’re traveling by plane somewhere and space is premium.
But, those hotel hair dryers are dirty. Like, really dirty. Hotels are already kind of dirty feeling anyway, and there have even been questions on if they actually take the time to replace the bedsheets between guests, but that’s another story. The hair dryer isn’t something you’d normally think of for being dirty though, so we’ll explain.
After swabbing and testing multiple things in a few hotels around Los Angeles, Chuck Gerba, a microbiologist, says he was surprised at just how dirty many of the hair dryers were. Some of them were even dirtier than sinks and toilets. You’re thinking “yeah, at those low-cost, $69 per night hotels, right?” They even tested some hotels that were $500 per night, with similar results. A theory as to why they’re so dirty is because they’re “often overlooked” as an item that needs cleaning, so are rarely, if at all, disinfected. Many of the sinks that were tested had bacteria levels “considered excessive.”
So, you know, pack your own hair dryer and some hand sanitizer. Probably some disinfecting wipes, too, just for some peace of mind.