Hotels may feel like the lap of luxury when you're in them, but have you ever thought about how many people have been there before you and what that might mean in terms of hygiene?
A new tweet about a particularly unsanitary use of hotel kettles went viral this week - which could put you off using the one in your room ever again.
Real question: does anyone I know clean their underwear in a kettle when travelling?- Guy 'Yug' Blomberg (@YugSTAR) August 22, 2017
It read, "Real question: does anyone I know clean their underwear in a kettle when travelling? To clarify, I don't do this, but @blakemizzi claims it's a real thing."
Yes. Apparently this is a more common occurrence than anyone would like to think.
Dr Heather Hendrickson, a senior lecturer in Molecular Biosciences at Massey University in Aukland, spoke out to Gizmodo to confirm (quelle horreur!) that boiling your underwear in a kettle to clean it is indeed a bad idea.
Why? Because while someone might assume the temperature would kill off any germs, it doesn't kill all microorganisms. Some spores are resistant to heat below 120 degrees celsius.
So to confirm, using the kettle for anything other than boiling water is "super, super, super, super gross", Dr Heather says. "Who knows how long that water, with nutrients that have been introduced and then sterilised, sits around in the kettle before someone else uses it?"
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