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Hotel secrets: Dirty ice machines could cause guests to become ill

Hotel investigations have revealed some of the dirtiest parts of the room during inspections.

Dirty glasses and dirty air conditioning machines have all previously been blamed for harbouring dirt and bacteria that could spread illness between guests.

A new report has found that another object often used in the hotel could harbour all kinds of secrets that could lead to flu or diarrhoea symptoms.

Those who prefer ice with their drink may change their mind.

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The report by Fox 9 in the US found that ice machines are often high on the list for inspections

The report by Fox 9 in the US found that ice machines are often high on the list for inspections due to them being able to easily spread illness if dirty.

The investigators found that outbreaks could be attributed to dirty ice makers, with “19 metro hotels [outbreaks] cited last year because of dirty ice machines”.

They found that a “pink slime buildup in the interiors of all ice machines inspected on site” in one hotel.

Ice buckets in the room could also be just as dirty.

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Hotel secrets: Ice machines can hide "pink slime buildup"

Yet according to the report, there is currently “no code requirement for ice buckets to be sanitized from one customer to the next.”

Bacteria such as listeria could breed in these conditions, which can cause symptoms such as diarrhoea, flu, or fever.

To use items within a hotel room, it is often advised to wash them first or to make sure they are lined with plastic, as are many glasses and ice buckets.

Sadly it isn’t the only thing that could make guests ill in a hotel.

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Hotel secrets: Ice buckets in the bedroom could also breed bacteria

The air conditioning unit in a bedroom could be a spreader of disease if it isn’t cleaned regularly.

Filters should ideally be changed every three months prevent the risk of illness.

A rise in flu cases in the UAE has even been linked to unclean air conditioning, due to many homes relying on them in the hot climate.

Ex-hotel manager Chris Johnston told Bustle: "If hotel staff fails to clean the filters (or at least clean the top visible portion), simply turning on the unit can cause these particles to fill your room and your lungs."

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