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Doing laundry in your hotel sink could actually be dirtying your clothes

by Maylynn Bloom |

Thinking about washing your clothes in the hotel sink when traveling?  You might want to think again.  It turns out that the bathroom sink might be the dirtiest place in your hotel room!

According to Dr Phillip M. Tierno, Jr., otherwise known as 'Dr Germ', Clinical Professor of Microbiology & Pathology at New York University Medical Center, the bathroom sink tends to be one of the germiest places in your hotel room.  This conclusion was a result of several studies of hotel room hygiene conducted by Dr Tierno over several years.  In his book, The Secret Life of Germs, Dr Tierno claims that hotel cleaning methods actually spread germs around rather than clean them.

Results of another study conducted by antimicrobial company BioCote also shows the sink to be the dirtiest place in the bathroom.  After testing swabs from various areas of the bathroom, including the toilet, it turns out that the hand basin is the germiest place of all.

It makes sense when you think about it... We wash all those icky germs from our hands right into the bathroom sink and, when brushing our teeth, we spit our mouth germs into the sink.  The damp bathroom sink is the perfect breeding ground for all those germs to fester and propagate and just think of all the people who've used that hotel sink before you!

So the next you travel, you might want to consider other options for washing your clothes other than in the hotel sink.

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