Hotel rooms often feel like brand-new spaces where you can live the life of luxury and pretend to be a Kardashian for the day. But if you think about it, these rooms are far from "new," with hundreds of thousands of people inhabiting the same space as you are in the days before and after your own occupation.
Still, you'd like to think that the rooms were at least properly cleaned in between people, right?
According to Popsugar, there is actually a total of five different things in your hotel room that you should avoid touching at all costs—and some of them might surprise you.
1. The first is one we told you about before, when ABC News uncovered that the glasses in your room may have not been cleaned at all since the last occupier. According to their investigation, many maids simply rinsed out the glasses with water and wiped with a towel, or used cleaning products packed with bleach to freshen them up a bit. AVOID.
2. An investigation by the Today show in 2014 found that while maids were pretty good at changing most of the sheets on the bed in between people, they often put the pillows to one side while they did so, putting them back again with nothing more than a quick plump. I don't know about you but it seems we should have some kind of say in getting that up close and personal with someone else's saliva/face sweat?
3. When was the last time you disinfected your TV remote? After reading this, you might want to think about incorporating it into your cleaning schedule. Turns out that remotes can collect all kinds of gross and potentially dangerous bacteria, including E.Coli, implying that people are heading straight from the toilet to the TV without washing their hands. Nice.
4. Just like TV remotes, phones are one of the most touched items in hotel rooms but are rarely ever incorporated into cleaning routines. The result is a load more germs that you will want to avoid at all costs. Maybe pack some anti-bacterial wipes or something.
5. Decorative blankets—they may look good, but a CNN report suggests that they're rarely ever changed in between uses and sometimes "might only be changed four times a year." Gross.
So next time you plan a swanky stay in a hotel, maybe think about leaving a bit of space in your suitcase for spare glasses, pillowcases, anti-bac spray, and hand gel.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.