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Travel tip: Handle those germy hotel room TV remotes with caution

Shirley McMarlin
| Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 10:06 a.m.
Safety practices for staying in hotels include using precautions when handling the TV remote, often the germiest thing in the room.
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Safety practices for staying in hotels include using precautions when handling the TV remote, often the germiest thing in the room.

There are plenty of tips for staying safe during a hotel stay: avoid the ground floor, prop the door open while you check out the room before settling in, use the “Do Not Disturb” sign when you go out, cover the peephole (it works both ways). But here's one you might not have considered:

Be cautious when using the television remote control – studies have shown that it's likely to be the germiest thing in the room. Use an antibacterial spray or wipe, slide it into a small clean trash bag or other plastic bag, or wrap it in a wash cloth before commencing any channel surfing.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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