Monday, 9 January 2017

Cleanliness

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It seems yet again that hotel room cleanliness is in the firing line as far as bacterial contamination goes.

We rarely visit hotels, b & b's etc but if we really have to, the first thing we do is to put the loo seat down. Then I do a, sometimes forget b, but never forget c!

a) soap my hands and wash taps, toilet flushes, door handles, rinse and dry.
b) use a bacterial hand solution to wipe down remote controls.
c) put to one side glasses in the bathroom for rinsing teeth. If I need one for water at night, it gets washed.

The same applies in our own bathroom. I do a, quite often, we never have to do c, as I use my hand for rinsing my mouth.

I am lucky in that DB puts the toilet seat lid down. Have you any idea just how far the water droplets go when you flush? They completely fill an average sized bathroom, taking many minutes to float back down onto every possible surface including your uncovered toothbrushes!

Doesn't bear thinking about really.

15 comments:

  1. For some reason the subject of toothbrushes and keeping them clean came up on Christmas day and we wondered if the germs on a toothbrush were keeping us healthy ......or not!
    Now you've said about water droplets spreading round I'm feeling quite peculiar!

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    1. We have electric ones which come with a brush cover. Normal germs are one thing, other peoples fecal matter is an awful tjought.

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  2. A friend of mine who is a flight steward swears by using the free shower cap in hotels as a cover for the remote. If one isn't available, he slips it in a ziplock plastic bag. He was told by his airline that the remote is one of the most handled objects in hotels but rarely, if ever, cleaned.

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  3. I always take a packet of wipes with me but then tend not to think about it otherwise I wouldn't enjoy the break away.

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    1. Once I have cleaned as above, barely 5minutes, I forget it and relax but like I say, we tend to rent rather than use hotels etc.

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  4. On a recent hospital visit I tried not to use any door handles! I was waiting in a London hospital for hours once and watched the hospital cleaners and they never did the door handles.

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    1. When washing my hands when out, I always wash the tap top/handles otherwise after rinsing and switching it off, who knows what is then picked up. Never touch cubicle/exit door directly, usually use a piece of tissue.

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  5. I'm glad we have a separate loo! If I have to use a public loo I always wrap my hand in something before opening doors, particularly the one on the way out of the loos after washing my hands. I've lost count of the number of people I've seen who haven't washed their hands and then yanked the door open to get out.If I don't have a glove in my pocket I wrap my hand in my sleeve!

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    1. Same here, I was waiting for a vacant toilet in a cafe today, and several people came out without washing their hands.

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  6. The thought never crosses my mind in hotels, save the fact that so many of them don't actually change sheets, Ick.

    I have three young children and its a constant battle to get them to flush and wash their hands. I'v ebeen exposed to just about everything by now. I have also worked in a hospital for ten years, sharing toilets with the public. Do you know how many adults leave the cubicle and walk straight past the sinks and the infection control posters? I've made my peace with other peoples bugs for the most part, I imagine I'm immune to most of them by now :D

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    1. Yes I do. In some of our our hospitals the cleaners are the people who serve the patients tea and biscuits.

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  7. Unless the glasses for drinking from are plastic and come in a sealed bag, do not drink from them or the cups in the room. They will have been washed in the bathroom and more likely dried with a towel from the previous room occupant. YUCK!!!

    This is why I want a camper van!! Good post

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  8. I had heard that about flushing years ago and it took a few days to get the kids on board. Now it is second nature, hate there is no toilet seat cover in restaurants and other places. Cheryl. I do the tissue or sleeve opening the door too.

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  9. We keep our toothbrushes in a bathroom cabinet, not only for hygiene reasons but because they simply aren't objects of beauty. I keep all the toiletries in a cupboard and my makeup in a closed basket. I always put the seat down when flushing but simply can't get husband trained-up to do this. He's good at most things, flushing the loo with the seat down isn't one of them.
    As for hygiene when we're out, after we've been in the supermarket and return to the car with our 'free' coffee and newspaper (you know the store I'm talking about, but there's nothing free about it, it's paid for in the price of goods, I'm sure) we first wipe our hands on antibac wipes - after all, we have no idea who has handled the trolley or used the key pad at the checkout.
    Unfortunately, once you get into the habit of taking care, you can become obsessive about such things, so we try and strike a happy medium, but after a visit to, say, the doctor's surgery, where ill people congregate, we always wash our hands the moment we arrive home as we've touched the door handles, and chairs, and have no idea what germs might be lurking there. And yes, I do as Cheryl does with loo doors and so forth in public places, use a tissue or my sleeve when opening/closing them.
    The same has applied when I have been in hospital. I have used tissues to hold the taps even the light pull ford. It pays to be vigilant.

    Margaret P

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