Hotel kettles have been given a bad name, but now it seems towels and bedlinen are not 'safe' either.
If you're one of those who've always thought that Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) can only be passed through skin-to-skin contact, sexual intercourse or blood transfusions, be prepared have your belief turned on its head.
What piqued our interest in the topic was a recent China Daily report on unclean bedlinen and towels at Beijing's five-star hotels, where an infectious diseases expert said some sexually transmitted diseases may be passed on through contaminated towels. He added that bacteria on bedsheets can also lead to gastrointestinal trouble like diarrhoea.
Suitably alarmed, we dived deeper to uncover the truth. A search on the web throws up many accounts that seem to support the argument.
We asked experts in Singapore whether contact with dirty sheets and towels can really give us stomach flu and infect us with STDs.
In brief, the answer is yes to both.