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?