Many hotels are now using full-size bottles of body wash, shampoo, and conditioners. The hotel manager explained why we should not be using them.
We would all love some traveling advice and hotel tips and that is why this hotel manager has been garnering attention on social media. This hotel manager wants to share her traveling wisdom with people on TikTok. Even her first video had insightful information, about something that all hotels provide but we should not be using them. Many hotels are now using full-size bottles of body wash, shampoo, and conditioners. The hotel manager explained in her clip why we should not be using them. “When you check into your room and you go into your shower and you see these, these are usually full-size,” she said in the video. “We have shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Here's your tip. Don't ever use these.” The video has been taken down for now but it has started a conversation around the hygienic toiletries in hotels.
Usually, hotels offer complimentary toiletries such as handwash, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. They provide it when we ask for them nicely. As per a report of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “The shift from single-use toiletries to bulk-size dispensers allows hotels to make a gesture of environmental goodwill — reducing waste by eliminating 200 million to 500 million mini plastic bathroom containers each year depending on the chain — while also lowering their costs over time.”
People on TikTok also shared their opinions on the same. @haleigh joan shared, "When I worked at a hotel doing housekeeping we always put new shampoo and toiletries in hotel rooms and had to discard the old ones." @KalistaJohnson wrote, "The ones at the hotel I work at have a lock so they can’t unscrew them some people still get into them but not a lot." @Amanda Burke did not even know large dispensers were the trend now, she wrote, "Who staying in hotels with full-size shampoos and soaps? Didn't know that existed."@NicoleHreshok expressed, "I like my own products this was never an issue for me, but my husband I have to reinforce him to use what I bring!" @Kristy also wrote this, "I’ve never been in a hotel that had something like this. It’s always just the minis."
Some research has revealed how these bigger dispensers can be better for the environment as the smaller ones are disposable and they end up generating more waste. One might think that lower costs and better environmental efficiency will lead to more satisfied customers but this is not true as per research by Chekitan Dev, professor at the Cornell University School of Hotel Management, via the AJC. “About 86% of hotel guests use the tiny single-use toiletries compared to only 24% that use soap or shampoo in dispensers, based on data from 33 U.S. hotels operated by a major global hotel company that features more than 50 amenities on its properties,” they reported.
However, they hope that customers will get used to these larger dispensers. “Why? Because they're not secure,” she said. “These can come off, and the previous guests can put anything they want in there. They can put hair color, bleach, anything in these. Don't ever use these.”