Don’t Lick The Pillow: How To Make Sure Your Hotel Room Is Clean No Matter What Happens


Recently, Universal Studios Resort found itself in hot water in October for less than sanitary conditions in one of its RMB 2,800 hotel rooms after being exposed by a hotel blogger.

This is not the first time that a luxury hotel in Beijing has been caught for not properly cleaning its rooms. One tip I usually give when searching for a hotel is “don’t lick the pillow” because while it’s clean, it’s the one thing you’ll probably avoid whether it’s in a fancy hotel or run down motel.

But for those who prefer a little more sound advice than “don’t lick the pillow,” I consulted a colleague of mine who worked in the hospitality industry for advice. They provided me with some tips and tricks to keep your hotel free of bacteria, odors, and other obstacles like body fluids from the previous occupant whether you are on vacation or on vacation. although the latter is more likely given the current epidemic situation.


Before taking anything out of your bags, take out your disinfectant wipes and wipe everything clean; paying particular attention to frequently touched objects, which the household may not touch at all. She also advises a disinfectant spray if you plan to use items like cushions and other items that can’t even be washed.


Hotel towels can do the job of drying your body until you return to your own accommodation, but you might want to bring your own face towel if you’re wondering what to dry yourself with. It’s one way to pack less, but at least keep your face free from questionable materials.


You might agree with the kettle and think that boiled water will kill germs; but after hearing about people cooking in those kettles, cleaning socks and sanitizing their underwear; you might want to wait for the hot water or think of an alternative. You can fill your own bottle elsewhere in the hotel or find a suitable one.


Often the only way to keep it clean is to bring it yourself, and my colleague mentioned a pretty cool and affordable travel sheet; which will keep your body completely separate from the bed, pillow and sheets. It’s like a hotel sleeping bag sheet that you can slide into, to keep anything that may have slipped on the bed out of you.

Some other other sources:


You are in a hotel, so of course you can bring your own alcohol; but do not forget to bring your own bottle and / or cup to avoid using possibly unsterilized cups.

Bag it
Some of these things can be erased, but others can level up and “take” them away. For example, the remote control. Put it in a transparent Ziplock bag and trap germs that might go unnoticed.


Often hotels have shower slippers and sandals, but it may be best to bring your own multi-purpose sandal. That way you know they haven’t been used by thousands of others, and you can dry them off and wear them indoors too. You’ll also be a little more eco-friendly by not wasting those disposable slippers which are usually sub-par at best.


Hotels try to ventilate the rooms, but if they are booked one after another, your room could benefit from some fresh air. Open a window, door, or patio for a while if possible.

The Key Thing

When you disinfect everything else, don’t forget your key card. Sometimes these keys are passed from person to person, and there is no need to share what the previous user had in their hands. Don’t forget your own business either; luggage, cell phone, passport, etc. although it is your business, a lot of people may have touched it along the way.

Do not touch

Remember that you are not at home, even if you have cleaned up some things you are still in a public space, so rub your hands every now and then if necessary.

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