There’s a Practice of Cabin Crew Boiling Their Underwear with Hotel Kettles to Save Time

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Humans have done some disgusting stuff.

There have been people who shitted in public; there have been people who do the most unspeakable stuff to children; there have been people who cannibalize.

And then there’s this: using hotel kettles to boil their underwear.

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How did this disgusting notion even come to light?

Well, the Internet.


According to AsiaOne, here’s how everything got revealed.

Not sure whether everyone wants to learn about it, though.

Cleaning their underwear in a kettle

Going by a report in Gizmodo Australia, someone had asked a pretty illogical-at-first-glance question on Twitter.

“Real question: does anyone I know clean their underwear in a kettle while traveling?”

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A sane person would have slapped him in the face and asked, “Are you alright?”

However, disturbingly, there were positive replies.

What that means is entirely up to you. *shrivels*

And there were even rumours that cabin crew boil their underwear in kettles on overnight stopovers.

So yeah, your favourite air stewardess might have used the kettle for some underwear-washing. Which kind of made sense, since hotels usually won’t have washing machines and they might need to wear their underwear again as it could be days before they fly off.

For some reason it sounds even more disgusting if put that way, but moving on.


People weren’t happy when they found about the whole ‘washing your underwear in a kettle’ thing.

And I don’t blame them. Not one bit.

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If you’re fed up with all this nonsense and are preaching, “Don’t be such losers, alright? So what if they use the kettle to boil their own underwear? All the bacteria will be gone the second time round, right? Case closed; let’s go back to sleep.”

Well guess what; heat might not kill 100% of bacteria, as we were led to believe.

It’s super, super, super, super gross

Dr Heather Hendrickson, a senior lecturer in Molecular Biosciences at the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Massey University in Auckland, had this to say.

Boiling kills most, but not all microorganisms.”

“Some microorganisms may not cause sickness when consumed, but their presence in certain environments can encourage them to produce a toxin that can be deadly.”

“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? It’s an unbelievably irresponsible act.”

“Hotel kettles are communal and by no means industrial-strength cleaning facilities means that there are just too many unknowns to encourage blanching your underwear in this way.”

“Not to mention that it is super, super, super, super gross.”

When a respected figure has to resort to such crude terms to fully enunciate the severity of the situation, you know you’ve got something absolutely disgusting at hand.

Please stop abusing the kettles (& the underswear)

If you happen to practice such an unethical act, please, it’s not too late to repent for your sins.

While you might have inadvertently infected countless people with your underwear-generated bacteria, you could stop now and prevent hundreds of other people from suffering the same fate.

I’m begging you.

If you want to do it at home, by all means do so using your own kettle.

A hotel kettle, on the other hand, is totally out of bounds, ALRIGHT?

Advice for the future, if you don’t already know

When you check into a hotel room, make sure to pour away the water the first time you boil the kettle.

After such a revelation, it’s better safe than sorry.

Just picture this: the previous guest had a bad case of diarrhoea and decided to boil his stained underwear in the kettle.

Oh gawd I think I’m going to be sick.

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Zhi Hao

Zhi Hao

Just your average Singaporean guy who tends to write aimlessly, work out inefficiently and sleep soundlessly.
Zhi Hao