How to expel plane toilet smells

Ever walked into an plane toilet and wanted to walk straight back out? Planes can be pretty grotty places; after all, what would you expect from a single toilet that services 150 people or so?

But life on a plane without the invisible smog of a toilet stench is possible.

There’s a really simple trick that flight attendants use to rid those stinky inflight toilets of what can often be a hideous stench. They simply boil a strong pot of black coffee and pour it down the toilet.

Evidently, there’s science behind this theory.

The caffeine in coffee contains high levels of nitrogen, a chemical which neutralises the hydrogen sulphide gas responsible for making that sewage smell.

And it’s a trick that’s not limited for use on an airplane water closet. You can use it at home too. Also, if you’re not one for store-bought air fresheners, you can place a bowl of coffee beans in your bathroom.

Some airlines hang a bag of coffee beans on the backs of toilets doors to neutralise bad odours. Some will even hand passengers a bag of beans if they’re sitting next to someone with pungent body odour.

Who knew coffee could be so helpful when it comes to keeping the air around you fresh?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Publisher of YourLifeChoices – Australia's most-trusted and longest-running retirement website. A trusted voice on Australia's retirement landscape, including retirement income and planning, government entitlements, lifestyle and news and information relevant to Australians over 50. Leon has worked in publishing for more than 25 years and is also a travel writer and editor, graphic designer and photographer.

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