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Hotel Bathtubs - Please tell me I'm NOT ridiculous and "obsessive" !!

Hotel Bathtubs - Please tell me I'm NOT ridiculous and "obsessive" !!

Aug 21st, 2001, 10:37 AM
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Rex: here is another janis (janice) who fell instantly. Did you know you have this effect on women?

And to Sherri, Shelliac (of the 24 pairs of shoes!), Alice, and Wayne - PLEASE tell me weren't being serious. Talking on any telephone, eating in any restaurant, eating at any relatives house, sitting in any airplane or train or rental car, sitting on any park bench, riding on any bus or subway, buying clothing, or groceries - all of these things will subject you to more germs than sitting in a bath tub.

You must be very fearful people.
Aug 21st, 2001, 10:42 AM
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I have often wondered how those folks who are so very concerned about germs account for the fact that we just keep living longer with every generation. Fewer germs? More obsessive cleaning habits? I don't think so! Sure, take whatever precaution gets you through the night, but don't ever let it spoil the comfort that a nice, hot soak in a tub can deliver. Happiness and health go hand in hand and anything that lessens the stress of life will add years. Like travel!
Aug 21st, 2001, 10:42 AM
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act smart !!!

do you carry toothpaste with you ??
if so, spread a little on the bath floor. Itīs a germe killer.
Or..simply buy some plastic shoes ( those that are sold in sport shops, and that surfers use because of coral
Aug 21st, 2001, 01:21 PM
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Janis and janice:

Please come to Italy with me! We can engage in hours of even more bathtub-related small talk, and who knows what else! There's Archimedes' principles of displacement and buoyancy, for example - - and then with the addition of "sudsies", we can jawbone the subject of surface tension to death! - - to say nothing of debating which the water swirls out the drain in various hemispheres...

Alas, I actually AM married, though my wife hasn't decided for sure if she is going (wink...)

See www.rexbickers.italy.com for more details of the "fall Fodorites' trip", September 19-October 3!

There may be as few as two "vacancies" left at our villa; two more committed this past week, and two "very serious" possibilities reviewing flight options.

Best wishes,

Aug 21st, 2001, 01:58 PM
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First, Rex: Can you believe the turnaround from a couple of months ago? LOL!
Second, did anybody hear of soap? Soap plus water equals clean. As soon as you get out of the tub germs start collecting on your skin just from the air around you. You can't go anywhere without finding at least some germs, and that includes most "sterile" environments. Someone breathes out and there are germs in the air. If we spend all our time worrying about germs, we sure don't have any time left to enjoy the really interesting things in life, like a glass of wine in St Mark's Square, or walking along the Bay of Naples watching the lovers, or enjoying a gelato in the Italian sun. Too many wonderful, positive things out there to spend my time worrying about all the negatives!
Aug 21st, 2001, 03:33 PM
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Sherri, I do travel alot, and I AGREE with you 100% I usually don't take baths in hotel bath tubs. I too used to know someone in college who worked as a hotel maid and because many people take showers, they didn't really worry about cleaning the tubs that well. I guess I also got jaded when I would find hairs on sheets and blankets in a room I had just checked into.

When I travel, I bring I bring a bottle of Lysol or Clorox spray - gets rid of germs and eliminated that stale hotel room smell.

The only time I will use a tub is when I have a room that has a nice whirlpool/Jacuzi in it. But I will still rinse it with liquid Lysol that I carry in a small travel bottle. By the way, you can buy travel packets of folded paper toilet seat covers at Wal-Mart - I don't leave home with out them.

DO WHAT MAKES YOU COMFORTABLE IN YOUR TRAVEL SITUATION. My sanitation procedures take only a minute and I usually enjoy my vacations very much. Must be doing something right - haven't had a cold or the flu in 5 years.
Aug 21st, 2001, 03:56 PM
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I rarely take baths but have a few times in France as I have stayed in a places without showers. If the tub looks clean (which it always has, I don't stay in real cheap places), I have no problem. I'm just curious why you think hotel bath tubs are dirtier than ones in your own house or relatives or friends? Do you personally clean the bath tub yourself after everyone in your household so you know how clean it is? They clean them in hotel rooms a lot more than in most private people's homes I've seen, and as well as I do myself, I'm sure. I would much rather take a bath there than in some of my relatives' or friends' houses. It isn't much of a problem as most hotels have showers over tubs now, anyway, it seems to me. At least you can clean bathtubs, do you sleep on mattresses and pillows in hotels? god knows how clean they are, even covered with sheets that's a lot dirtier potentially Do you let your bare feet touch the carpet? I see nothing wrong with hotel staff just swiping a tub with Windex if it looks clean.
Aug 21st, 2001, 04:13 PM
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Whenever I travel I always carry a thin sheet of plastic. If there is a chair in the hotel room, I lay the plastic over the chair because I don't want to be sitting in a chair that other people have sat in. Who knows what you can pick up from an unclean chair?

Also, if I use the phone in the room, I disinfect the mouthpiece and then talk through a piece of cheesecloth because you just never know who has used the phone before.

Better to be safe than sorry, I always say.
Aug 21st, 2001, 04:14 PM
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I agree it's gross but its easy to avoid just dont take the bath. The only tub I've ever felt was clean enough to bathe in was in the Radisson Miyoko hotel in San Fran. The bathroom was simply immaculate and done in the Japanese style. I HAD to get in that tub. Otherwise, I avoid it. And I also know that there are bodily fluids and germs on the phone, tv clicker, comforter, basically everything in the room that you can't wash -- but I've survived. Just use common sense - if you've been handling the phone or clicker don't immediate grab a handful of food and shove it in your mouth, etc. Planes actually gross me out more - all those recycled germs. ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Thankfully if you immune system is in good shape you can withstand these everyday germs unaffected. Carry hand sanitizer in your purse.
Aug 21st, 2001, 04:24 PM
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Years ago I worked a government job that included a subsidized cafeteria. The food was good and cheap, but after eating there for a year or more I looked closely between the tines of the fork I was using. It wasn't a pretty sight, and I knew that I would either have to stop eating there or stop looking closely at the cutlery. I chose the latter and continued eating there - - without any negative effects - - for the remaining several years that I was on the job. I guess it's all in how you look at these things.
Aug 21st, 2001, 04:26 PM
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Rex, that was an awesome post!

To your statement "that's why you have an immune system", I'll add, that's why you have skin, too.

I figure a hotel bathtub is only a hazard to me if I have no skin or plan to drink the bathwater.
Aug 21st, 2001, 05:01 PM
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No wonder there are so many sick people around, you are all pampering and destroying your naturall immune systems.a few germs won't kill you in fact they will help you, my mother used to say you have to eat a bushel of dirt before you die !

Americans are too clean,,, that's why they are always sick, their children have asthma and allergies, and neuroses run rampant..

And sorry you are ridiclous and obsessive..there are medications for your disorder.

Be sensible, wash your hands with water as rex suggests, take NORMAL precautions, but RELAX, you may never die of a germ but your heart will give out from the stresses you're putting on yourself
Aug 21st, 2001, 05:25 PM
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You ARE the most obsessive link!
Aug 21st, 2001, 05:28 PM
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While I'd much prefer a shower, if all I have is a tub, I'd happily take a bath. Maybe I'd rinse the tub with hot water first as a precaution, maybe not. I have a strong immune system, and since I don't get sick on vacations, my many baths in many strange tubs must not have hurt me. By the way, I also swim in a spring-fed (unchlorinated) quarry with other unsterile humans, knowing that herons, vultures, other birds, turtles, frogs, fish and other creatures have been living in or around the water and depositing things I'd rather not dwell on too much. And I touch my own food (but not someone else's) after petting my dogs and occasionally eat bits of wild plants without washing them. My immune system is in good working order, and I think the little bit of dirt keeps it in practice.
Aug 21st, 2001, 05:31 PM
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You could always lick the tub clean before you bathe.
Aug 21st, 2001, 06:42 PM
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Absurd: Yes, you are obsessed, unhealthily. Hotel tubs are to be used to take long, luxurious baths in at every conceivable moment possible. I never get to do this at home, and so I use hotels to feed my obsession with languishing in the tub. Long live great tubs in Europe! If I were to fuss about the bacteria in the tubs, I would never travel anywhere.
Aug 21st, 2001, 07:30 PM
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This thread has brought me to hysterical fits of laughter.

When I look at web sites of European hotels, the thing that I am most striken with is the quantity of photographs of the bathrooms, especially the size and depth of the tubs. Some of them look the size of small wading pools, that I want to lounge in. I just wish they would also show how plush the towels are.

My only freaky fetish is wondering how many people have done the wild thing in the beds I have slept in. I only mention this because one day I checked into a room that had not been truly vacant. When the bellman opened the door for me, I walked in to find a couple enjoying each other's pleasure in a bed I was to sleep in that night. Needless to say, the front desk switched my room to a suite for the inconvenience.
Aug 21st, 2001, 07:38 PM
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If you're worried about bacteria is restaurant food I suggest you are never, but never, rude to the waiting staff.
As an ex waitress I've seen them spit on the food of unpleasant, rude or demanding customers, en route from the kitchen, without a thought.
Sending food back to an irritable, overworked and ill mannered cook is not always too smart either.
Aug 22nd, 2001, 12:56 AM
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"As an ex waitress I've seen them spit on the food of unpleasant, rude or demanding customers, en route from the kitchen, without a thought.
Sending food back to an irritable, overworked and ill mannered cook is not always too smart either."

Yes! I had a nasty fat businessman who complained that his tea wasn't hot. I took it back and got him some more made but he sent it back again. This time one of the cooks put a metal teapot into the oven, heated it for a few minutes and we made the tea into it after we'd removed it using oven gloves. One of my seniors then put it on the table with grovelling apologies in such a way that he had to reach across the pot to get to the handle.
Aug 22nd, 2001, 01:41 AM
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Mr. or Mrs Howard Hughes ---- stay at home and take showers!!!!!!

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