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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jersey Joe’s Funny Bathtub Thoughts

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Everybody thinks about all kinds of strange subjects in the bath and the shower.  Jersey Joe is no different.

THE 411

What: bathtub thoughts

Why: the mind goes wild when unwinding in the shower or tub


Admit it… we all think about things in the bathroom.  Should we do toilet thoughts, next?

Asian style jacuzzi in spa room

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Do You Tip the Hotel Maid?

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Do you tip housekeeping when you stay at a hotel? See the surprises Jersey Joe gets when he does!

Hotel maids are experts when it comes to cleaning.  They have tips and tricks to turn a large number of rooms quickly.  Take a look at their cart for example.  They have everything they need within arm’s reach.

You can also use some of their tips to improve your cleaning at home.

  1. They clean the clutter first – it’s easier to turn a room with a blank slate.
  2. They prefer microfiber cloths – but in a pinch an old t-shirt or pillow case
  3. Always turn a bed sheet so the tags are at the bottom.  The tags can help you figure out which is the longer and shorter end of the sheet.
  4. Whack the drapes with a hard towel.  That will loosen the dust, then you can vacuum it up with the rest of the room.
  5. Vacuum before you mop
  6. Vacuum the high traffic areas first, then hit them a second time as you do the rest of the room.
  7. Clean the bathroom last – it minimizes the transfer of bacteria
  8. Some cleaners take several minutes to work. Read the bottle.  But, spray down the shower and toilet, go clean something else, then go back after several minutes to the let cleaner do it’s work.
  9. White vinegar and water is the best cleaner
  10. Always have a toothbrush on hand for the tough spots
  11. Make yourself a little version of a hotel room cleaning cart.

THE 411

Name: Hotel maids and housekeepers

What: they clean hotel rooms daily

Location: hotels and motels around the world


Like I said in my blog, I try to tip each one $5 per night.  Most will restock the room shampoos and soaps, whether I need them or not.

My other hotel advice is to always make sure you have the DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door.  Some of these workers can start as early as 8am and could be pounding on your door, hours before check out!


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Public Restroom Peeves

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Do you hate using a public restroom?  Jersey Joe checks out your comments and phobias about using public restrooms.


THE 411

What: Public restrooms

Resason: public bathroom and toilet facilities outside of the home

Location: stores, work places, bars, restaurants, train stations


I have to ride the New York City subway to and from work everyday.  I always make sure to carry a bottle of hand sanitizer.  You never know what you will be touching on the subway and the same goes when using a public restroom.

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Dirty Hotel Pillows

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Jersey Joe checks into a hotel room, but wants to know — are the throw pillows they put on the bed safe and clean?  Find out what you have to say about it…


THE 411

What: hotel rooms

Place: temporary bedroom or living quarters for vacationers and travelers, rented out for cash

Where: global

Length of stay: nightly and beyond


These are just my thoughts.  I can’t say for sure, whether the pillows in my room were cleaned or not, but judging by the lint and stains on the pillow – I’m guessing no.

The pillows look great in hotel brochures and on websites, but I have no desire to curl up with one after the person who checked out before me has done who knows what on them.  These extra pillows really are unnecessary.  They look great in a photo, but in practicality – no.  Many hotels add these, thinking they give the room a bonus feature, but for me, they really need to disappear.  Hotels had the same problem with heavy comforters that they used to put on beds years ago, but finally got the hint that people really don’t want them, after finding them discarded on the floor on a regular basis.  Eventually, this will happen to all of those extra throw pillows as well…