• Soaking your underwear in hotel kettles is a no-no, in case there was any doubt. (Photo by Schning/ullstein bild) (Getty Images)
Probably the only time putting the kettle on has caused distress.
Farah Celjo

28 Aug 2017 - 10:37 AM  UPDATED 28 Aug 2017 - 2:05 PM

There has been much talk about what does and doesn't go together, pineapple on pizzas, doughnuts on milkshakes ...  and now hotel kettles and underwear.

And this is why you should always pack clean underwear.

It all began with a Tweet...

Intrigue and disgust followed... 

And for the record... 

In case you are confused, astounded, shocked, or all of the above, a senior in Molecular Biosciences at Massey University in Auckland, Dr Heather Hendrickson tells Gizmodo exactly what we're all thinking, "It is super super super super gross." Dr Hendrickson goes onto explain that boiling kills most, but not all organisms, and this is because some bacteria spores, such as botulism-causing spores, are highly resistant to anything other than 120°C. “These [bacteria] don’t cause sickness if they are consumed, but their presence in certain environments can encourage them to produce a toxin that can be deadly,” she said.   

"Who knows how long that water, with nutrients that have been introduced and then sterilised, sits around in the kettle before someone else uses it?" Hendrickson says, and with so many uncertainties around the now infamous hotel kettle, will you be risking it or is it kettle skepticism to the grave?  

We won't be jumping to pop the hotel kettle on for a cuppa anytime soon and we're not sure if time will heal all wounds on this one. 


Lead image via Getty Images.

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