How To Stop A Fart From Making Noise: 4 Methods

Farting is completely natural but that doesn’t stop it from being embarrassing at times.

Fortunately, you can minimize the sound by simply relaxing and adjusting your position.

Before we get into it, let’s take a quick look at why these techniques work.

The sound of a fart is controlled by two things; the volume of gas and the muscle tone of your anal sphincter.

In theory, the tighter you clench your bum, the louder the fart is going to be.

That’s why trying to stop the fart seems to make it happen louder than ever.

The best thing to do is to fart when you need to (don’t let it build up) and do so without clenching your bum.

Use these methods to help:

1. Release It Slowly

The first technique is to fart slowly to stop it from making any noise.

You can do this by breathing deeply and using your abdominal muscles.

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Let the gas out bit by bit, this may take some time and effort but it will stop the fart from being loud.

Letting a fart out in this way will also help to reduce the smell. If all goes well, no one should suspect a thing!

2. Relax

Try to relax.

If you feel tense then the fart is more likely to pass loudly.

how to fart quietly

We mentioned earlier that your muscle tone plays an important role in how much noise a fart makes.

With this in mind, relax.

Let the fart out naturally, don’t force it.

3. Adjust Your Position 

We understand that you may be having a hard time relaxing so this is an even easier method that works just as well.

If you spread your bum cheeks apart when you fart it helps to let the air out smoothly with minimal sound.

man holding fart in

You can do this subtly by adjusting the way you are sitting, by leaning to one side or by spreading your legs slightly.

Of course, you can also do this by using your hands but this is much less subtle. 

4. Use A Cushion Or Something That Will Help Muffle The Sound

Where you are sitting can also impact the amount of noise that is made.

woman pinching nose

If you are sitting on a hard surface such as a plastic or leather chair then the fart is going to be much harder to conceal. In this case, it is better to get up from the chair and walk around instead.

If you are sitting on a cushion or something soft then this is perfect, the cushioning will make it easier to pass the gas silently.

The cushioning helps to muffle the sound so will do some of the silencing work for you. 


Also read: How To Poop Quietly


Helpful Tactics

Sometimes it’s too risky to solely rely on the above noise-reducing techniques.

We get it, so if you are still feeling uneasy then there are other things you can do to help make passing gas as discreet as possible. 

1. Make Another Noise As A Distraction 

While this may not be making the fart quieter it will go a long way in helping to cover up the sound.

Releasing gas in a silent room is bound to draw attention so creating some other noises will take the pressure off.

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You could cough, talk on the phone or play music so the fart doesn’t seem so loud and doesn’t draw people’s attention.

This is also a good safety net in case the quiet fart ends up a little bit noisier than expected. 

2. Wait For Something Noisy 

If you are in a situation where there is going to be a lot of noise at some point then it could be wise to wait for that moment (if it is going to happen soon).

Maybe there’s going to be some loud music soon or you know there will be a similar increase in sound coming up.

You can use whatever it is as a cover so you don’t need to worry about the sound of you passing gas. 

3. Take A Walk 

Taking a walk can do 2 things. It can prevent the sound from occurring in a silent space and it can prevent the smell from lingering around you.

taking a walk can help with flatulence noise

If you are walking around there is already additional noise being added to the situation.

If you can walk towards an empty area then that’s even better.

You can fart as you walk around the empty space without feeling embarrassed.

Walking as you fart will help to reduce the smell as it will be diffused over a larger area and you are less likely to be blamed.  

4. Leave The Room 

Sometimes the best thing to do is remove yourself from the room for a short period of time so you can release gas without worrying about the sound or smell.

If you are on public transport, move to a quiet cart or make use of the onboard toilets.

Don’t feel embarrassed about needing to excuse yourself from the situation, it will only be for a brief period of time and no one will know that you left to pass gas. 

Sometimes, It Just Happens

Of course, there is a chance your fart cannot be concealed or silenced.

Sometimes, it just happens and that’s that. In this case, just own up and apologize.

Depending on the people you are around, you could make a joke about it and laugh it off too. 

Reducing Gas 

The final tip is reducing gas as a preventive measure so you don’t find yourself in these uncomfortable situations as much.

This is for anyone who is finding themselves in this situation a little bit too frequently. 

There are a few reasons you may be experiencing high levels of flatulence.

According to the NHS, the average amount a person farts is 5 - 15 per day.

Of course, what is normal for one person is different to what is normal for someone else. Here are 6 ways you can reduce farts (they may also help to reduce how much a fart smells too):

  • Chew food more slowly 

When you eat food quickly you swallow a large amount of air with your meal. This causes a buildup of air in your body which needs to be passed as gas later. If you slow down and chew your food properly before you swallow it this will help to reduce the amount of air you are swallowing. It will also help your body to digest the food properly. 

  • Eat smaller meals more frequently rather than having large meals - This will help your body digest the food resulting in less gas and less bloating. 
  • Drink peppermint tea - Peppermint tea can be refreshing and is very helpful when it comes to digestion. Peppermint tea is excellent for alleviating gas and bloating while also reducing pain and relieving cramps. If you’re having a big meal or eating foods that tend to cause lots of gas and bloating then have a cup of peppermint tea to help.  
  • Improve digestion by exercising regularly - Regular exercise will help to strengthen your digestive tract and ultimately improve your digestion. Improved digestion will reduce the amount of gas you experience. 
  • Stop chewing gum - Chewing gum and sucking hard sweets can increase the amount of air you swallow. Just as eating food quickly does, this will increase how much gas is in your body and will cause you to need to fart later on in the day. Reducing these activities will reduce the need to pass gas. 
  • Reduce the amount of food you are eating that is difficult to digest (beans, lentils, onions, cabbage, dried fruit, fizzy drinks, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts are all on this list) - Certain food products are harder to digest and can cause gas and bloating. The list is quite long and other foods such as dairy products can be added based on the individual (for example, if you are lactose intolerant or sensitive to milk products). Cut down on the foods that cause gas and certain drinks such as carbonated drinks and beer as these can also cause gas, bloating and indigestion. 

If you have recently changed your diet you may experience an increase in gas as your digestive system gets used to the new foods. 

In Conclusion

As you can see, there are a few easy things you can do to stop a fart from making noise.

Hopefully, these tips have helped you so the next time you’re in a tough spot you don’t experience any embarrassment.

We’ve included some other tactics and preventative measures too so you can also reduce how often you experience these situations.

Ultimately, farting is natural and everyone does it so don’t get too hung up on it.

Sometimes it just happens, so simply excuse yourself and move on. 

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