What do you do in a motel?

United States
April 28, 2007 8:54am CST
Let me preface this by saying that I do not have OCD!! I am not a germ-phobic-type person. But, when I am in a motel I tend to be a bit of a germ-phobic person! I simply won't get in the shower without rubber flip-flops and I won't walk on the motel carpet without flip-flops! There is no way that I would sit in the bathtub and take a bath! What about you? What do you do in motels?
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
29 Apr 07
I have stayed in dozens of motels and have hardly given any thought to the germs. I think they could not be much worse than the germs in my home. I think if we could see all the germs around us, we would die from fright...lol. Since you are in the nursing profession, I can understand your concern. I pretty much act the same way in motels as I do at home.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I have never thought of wearing flip flops, but I do take my own pillows and blankets. I had seen so many shows, that had shown how dirty they are, even after supposedly being cleaned by the staff. I have stayed in one, that I went out and slept in the car. It was bad. It was full of bugs when the lights were out.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I'm with you on this one! I'm not a germophobe either, but I just don't think they clean like we think they should. They've had on 60 minutes before (tv show) about hotel/motel cleanliness, and boy, I find that really scary. I won't walk around in bare feet either, I'm sure they only vaccuum the rugs between rents, and nothing more. One time my daughter & I spent the night in what we refer to a motel he-double-el. The shower was filthy, as were the blankets and the rug definitely looked like it needed shampooing, there were stains all over the place. It was the only place to let in the town we had to stay in, and had no choice. It was very clean & presentable from the outside, but inside, holy cow! I couldn't believe the health department would ever let them rent rooms! Not only was it filthy, but the bathroom window had mold & mildew on it, and didn't even close the whole way or even lock. Needless to say the local health dept got a letter from me!
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@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
29 Apr 07
first thing i will see to it that all the bed sheets are clean and fresh and the bathroom is dry.
@maybey (366)
• Philippines
29 Apr 07
At my age 25 married I have no idea at the motel inside. I can say i'm ignorant about this. In hotel I experience to stay at 2 night with my husband. Here in Philippines if you mentioned motel they thinking about sexuality. Very green minded -_- peace.
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• United States
28 Apr 07
Well I use to work in a motel/hotel chain located right across the street from Disneyland and after working there and seeing how they took care of things - I wouldn't even venture to stay in a lower rate type of place if I didn't have to. When you say motel I'm thinking of a place that you really don't want to stay, it wasn't planned.. was a last minute choice and you just need a place to sleep for the night. Those places I would be a little more careful about just like you. #1 - I always throw the top comforter off the bed. They do not wash those between guests visits except maybe once a week so those go on the floor as soon as we are ready for bed. I try not to touch too much. My clothes stay in my bag. I know the toilets are clean and the showers are cleaned for the most part so those don't concern me but I do run the water around before I get in the shower. As for nicer hotels or suite type places - I tend not to be so picky. I guess in my head I figure since they look so nice then they must take care of their rooms. I'm sure I'm wrong and some test has been done by a TV investigation team about how dirty they really are but in head doesn't think about it when we stay there. I REALLY love the Embassy Suites and their rooms have always been top notch. No worries for me when we stay there (which isn't often because of the price tag).
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@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
28 Apr 07
I too will not walk around barefoot on the carpets. I always stop at a local store and pick up a can of lysol and do a lot of spraying: doorknobs, faucets, etc. There are just too many people that stay in these places and you don't know what kind of germs any of them carry around. I also take my "fireproof blanket" with me on all my trips. I have this fireproof kevlar shield that is very light weight that I always keep under my bed at home, in the event of a fire, you cover yourself with it and can run through a fire to safety. When I travel I throw it in my backpack and keep it in the hotel/motel with me. I feel very safe knowing it's with me.
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• United States
28 Apr 07
wow, what a great idea. I actually don't have one of those blankets, but sounds like a great investment! Especially for people such as my son who live on the top floor of a building!
@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
29 Apr 07
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• United States
29 Apr 07
Thank you so much howard for the link! You are so right, a great xmas/b-day gift idea! *checks off one gift from xmas list!*
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
28 Apr 07
This is funny. I have to carry a can of lysol with me when I go to motels. I spray the door knob before we go in. LOL Then as soon as I get in the door, I spray all the door knobs, the light switches and the telephone. I then go to the bathroom. I spray the flusher knob, the entire toilet, the bathtub and the knobs, then the sink and the knobes. Next I am off the floor. I spray all the floor that I think we may be stading on. LOL That is what I do. LOL No I am not OCD either. like you, I do worry in hotel rooms
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• United States
28 Apr 07
I'll have to remember to pack a can of lysol next trip! What a great idea! I suppose too that I could pack one of those things of clorox wipes (that looks like baby wipes) they could prove invaluable too! Great idea!
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• United States
28 Apr 07
I am sure that the clorox wipes would help too but I would be afraid that the liquid in them would seap out onto my clothes. LOL I trust lysol and with the lid on, it will not get on your clothes if you keep it in the luggage.
@inked4life (4227)
• United States
29 Apr 07
I've never really thought about it before but now you have me freaked out thinking about all the dirty, filthy people that may have stayed there before me. I'm going to have to go and jump into a steaming hot shower and maul myself with a loofa to erase the stink of all those years of staying in gross hotel rooms without taking the proper steps to disinfect myself afterwards.
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• United States
29 Apr 07
ROFLMAO, "maul myself with a loofa," that is hilarious! I get a visual of someone scrubbing their body like a mad person until they bleed!
• United States
29 Apr 07
At my previous job, I stayed in one hotel after another all over the United States, South and Central America. I really never had a problem anywhere I stayed. What I look for in a hotel has to more with what's outside my room than what's inside. I like hotels that have a nice place to eat. One that has convienence stores or grocery stores nearby. I definately want my room cleaned everyday before I get back to the hotel. And I love having the continental breakfast and newspaper available every morning. Other than that, I've never had much of a problem with the rooms or bathrooms being sanitary. Lloyd
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
28 Apr 07
bathtub in the motel may be dirty - I will stand up in the bathtub to take a shower
Hello,crazynurse,if i was in the motel,I would take the shower by standing up in the bathtub and not having any direct body contact with the dirty bathtub,one more thing i would be concerned in the motel is about the pillows and bedsheets,I was sure they would not change them so frequently,sometimes I could feel some fleas were biting me hard,but we could not do anything as we had to sleep.
• United States
28 Apr 07
well i am kind of like you cause i have known people to get things from a motel. lol. i havent but i had a friend tht did. i will take a shower but not a bath. i take my own sheets and pillows as well and a mini vac. i vac the bed lol. i will not sit all the way down on the toliet either. i keep house shoes by the bed so that i can put them on as soon as i step out too. i use my own towels as well. i bring my own soap cause theres is just to rough on the skin.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
17 May 07
I bring my only sleeping linens and pillows! I pull off the hotel blanket because they RARELY if EVER wash those - then I lay down a large sheet that I bring and then put my pillows over that sheet, and have my own blankets for on top of me. I disinfect the toilet seat. I pull out the nightstand and if possible the head board away from the wall - and look behind any picture frames to see if there is evidence of bed bugs... if there is *I am outta there!* I never hang up my clothing on the hangers or place them in the drawers - they stay in my suitcase. The suitcase goes either on a suitcase stand if they have one or it goes on the countertop in the bathroom.... least chances of adopting bedbugs this way.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
1 May 07
Well, you are germ-phobic to me!! I never really thought of it before. I just make sure everything is clean when I check into a hotel. And if things are in order I just let it be.