After a Poop – Light A Match!
How many of you have heard it helps to light a match after you poop? Do you know why? Today I tell you why and also my secret for any guest bathroom.
First, The Science of Poop Match Lighting
Many say you should light a match after using the bathroom. I always thought the match did two things. It burned off any flammable gas around the match light. And it created heat to make the remaining gas rise above nose level.
Turns out, I was incorrect on both counts.
Lighting a match actually works by producing a smell that’s even stronger than poop smell!
“Mythbusters,” did an episode where they filled a sealed container with hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan (the compounds that are found in both farts and feces that makes them smell). When then measured the concentrations of these gases before and after lighting a match they found that the accumulation of gases didn’t change. So much for my theory about burning off gas.
What they found was that lighting a match produces sulfur dioxide, a smell-causing compound that’s even stronger (and less disagreeable) than methyl mercaptan. So it turns out a match only disguises poop smell!
QueerJoe’s Poop-Match Secret
If you have a powder-room or toilet that guests use when they visit, you should consider leaving matches in the room. When a guest must do something that creates a smell, they will want to avoid embarrassment. Let them light a match.
But not just any match. Let them light an incense match!
I thought this was a brilliant idea. To create matches where the stem of the match was infused with incense. This way it creates two smells. And both of them are much better than the one the body creates.
I keep an open pack of Incense “Poop” Matches on the vanity in our guest bathroom. We also keep a large Mason Jar of extras in the cabinet underneath.
We love these things. And we hope they bring a bit of comfort to guests that want to avoid embarrassment!
Working diligently, I finished the Off-White and Variegated Color Garter Stripe Scarf!
I still need to weave in a few ends, and I did end up running out of the variegated yarn 81 stitches short of the last row. But I still love how this beauty turned out. It’s 5.5″ wide and VERY LONG!
It turned out to be about 102″ (8.5 feet).