A hotel manager has warned people not to use bathroom freebies in hotels – and the reason is pretty grim.
In a viral video on TikTok, travel enthusiast @travelinghotelmanager shares the one item she’s never used when staying in a hotel.
With over 730,000 views, the video explained why you should avoid most bathroom toiletries in hotels – and it’s a reason that may have not crossed your mind.
‘When you check into your room and you go into your shower and you see (shampoo bottles), they are usually full size,’ she said in the video.
‘Here’s your tip: Don’t ever use these [as] they are not secure.’
‘These can come off and the previous guest can put anything they want in there. They can put hair colour, bleach, anything in these, don’t ever use these.’
Today, most hotels use refillable bottles. In December 2022, the European Commission announced that it was banning mini one–time use toiletries in hotels as part of a new EU-wide rules on packaging and waste.
That means every time you stay in a hotel in one of the EU member states, they’ll either have to provide you with a large bottle, or you’ll have to source your own cosmetics.
And outside of the EU, other destinations and choosing to follow suit.
So, to keep yourself squeaky clean on holiday, the hotel manager said to always bring your own mini-size shampoo, conditioner, and body wash – to prevent any unwanted surprises.
If you’ve forgotten your toiletries, then don’t take the risk but rather, head to reception for a fresh pack.
Social media users questioned what the what the chances of someone filling a bottle with mystery liquid for the next guest actually were.
‘Please tell us a specific instance when someone actually did this,’ asked on commenter.
On the other hand, others were more sympathetic, claiming they already followed the golden advice.
‘I always bring my own toiletries. I never even use the mini ones. I don’t care if they’re sealed or not,’ wrote someone.
Another added: ‘I’ve always thought this too! I always bring my own and tell my loved ones not to use them.’
Previously, former hotel manager Melissa Hanks said she that she has seen Nair – a well known hair removal product – and ‘God knows what else’ in the bottles. Yikes.
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