For Sheets Sake! Are Hotel Sheets Really Changed?!


Are your hotel sheets new and clean?

We borrowed that catchy headline from one our favorite magazine shows, Inside Edition.  We watch this show often to see which of our favorite hotel chains pass their infamous ‘ hotel sheets test.’  You’ll be surprised to learn which of your favorite hotels are not living up to the basic travelers’ assumption, that sheets are changed for every guest.  I used to have a co-worked that traveled with her own pillows or at least her own pillow cases.  Now I know why!

Inside Edition travels to major cities performing their ‘sheets test’ at various hotels.  You’ll be shocked at which brand new hotel in Washington, DC flunked half of the ‘sheets test.’

See the sheets test in action in the video below…


Gross right?!  They don’t call me the ‘Travelin Diva’ for nothing.  There are two items I always travel with for use expressly in my hotel room.  Those items are:

  • Lysol spray.  I pack a travel/trial size bottle of Lysol spray in my carry-on so I can spray down my bedding when I first arrive.  This gives it plenty of time to dry before I retire for the evening.
  • Disinfecting wipes!  The same goes for a pack of disinfecting wipes.  They’re in my carry-on tote so I can wipe down my tray in-flight and all touchable surfaces in my hotel room especially the TV remote control.

My motto is, it’s better to be safe than sorry.  You can find the travel/trial sized Lysol spray at Target (for $5) in the travel-sized wall (beauty section in most stores) and you can purchase the wipes (under $2) from Target, Walmart or your favorite retailer.  I also pack a bottle of air freshener/room spray  to keep the bathroom smelling nice (lol).  Bath & Body Works has travel sized room sprays (around $6) in wonderful scents.  I stick with the mini/travel sizes to ensure that they’ll pass TSA when I’m flying (those pesky regulations lol).

What’s your must have travel item for hotel cleanliness?

Be Happy.  Be Fabulous.  Be Well Traveled.

By The Travelin Diva ~ Kirstin N. Fuller

**Photo by Kirstin N. Fuller **

Author: The Travelin Diva

Self proclaimed 'Travelin Diva,' Kirstin is a DC native and graduate of Howard University! Pursuing her dreams in 2007, Kirstin launched the travel magazine Reservations Travel Guide which led her to start the fabulous travel blog to showcase the latest travel news, innovative travel products and the worlds' hottest destinations and deals. Be Happy. Be Fabulous. Be Well Traveled.

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  1. The hotels that don’t change sheets and robes after every guest should be ashamed. We’ve got to protect ourselves, pack that Lysol! lol

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  2. I am just more cautious of which pillows I put my face on and things of that nature. Cool that Inside Edition does this. I haven’t seen them do it, but I have watched in a few months.

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  3. This made me sick to my stomach!!! As much as I travel, I am disgusted by this. Sharing this post on all my social media.

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  4. This is the very reason I don’t like travel and staying in hotels. It’s bad enough you have to worry about bed bugs but this takes gross to a new level!

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  5. Eww. That is why paranoid people like me prefer b&b’s, cottages and guest houses. The owners usually run the place and they are very keen to leave a good impression because it is their business.

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  6. Yes I always travel with Clorox wipes. Lysol is not always as easy to pack if I am using a carry on since it comes in an aerosol can. This is a little unsettling to say the least though, it would seem the sheets would be top priority at all hotels.

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  7. Wow is all I can say….
    I always feel a way about hotels. I sleep fully clothed when at a hotel a lot of times for this reason.

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  8. See I was afraid to read this post! But just like you my mom and I spray those sheets and pillows with Lysol and we take our own face clothes!

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  9. One of the RHOBH wipes down everything in her hotel rooms before she touches anything. When I first saw it I thought she was a little excessive but then I thought about it and it’s a really good idea. SO many germs!

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  10. I love traveling, but I don’t like staying in hotels, I never sleep under the sheets. After seeing shows about what’s really found in Hotels with different test, it turned me off.

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  11. Yes, I hate having to worry about whether the sheets are nice and clean when I check into a hotel! Which is unfortunate! When I remember, I travel with a travel size can of Lysol as well!

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  12. Lysol and disinfecting wipes are a must. Also remember some type of bed bug spray. Those types of travel-related t.v. specials always give me the heeby jeeby’s

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