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Why do ears and belly buttons smell similar? And why do they smell gross?

Asked by gememers (445points) December 12th, 2009
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What makes ears and navels smell the way they do?

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chyna's avatar

Who smells these things?

MissAusten's avatar

This is not something I’ve ever noticed. I almost feel tempted to find a belly button to sniff, but that might just be due to the large number of martinis I drank tonight.

However, if you really think about it, ears and belly buttons are both areas where dead skin cells and dried sweat can accumulate. If you have a deep “innie” as opposed to an “outie,” and aren’t careful to thoroughly clean it, I guess it could end up smelling like someone’s unQ-tipped ear canal.

pouncey's avatar

Someones bored.

Zacky's avatar

Its all about the moister that get trapped in there and the sweating that goes on in your body too.

Taciturnu's avatar

Zacky’s exactly right. Just wash them, dry thoroughly and there shouldn’t be an odor.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

I smell my SOs ears and navel, and everywhere else all the time. Neither of them has a real odor, but there’s a faint smell of soap and skin, quite pleasant.

It sounds like the owner of the offending body parts you’ve been sniffing needs to bathe.

DominicX's avatar

Without going into too much detail, I can say that this is not true at all. At least not for everyone.

juwhite1's avatar

I’ve never even heard of an ear stinking. I’ve heard of belly buttons stinking, from trapping sweat inside them. I have noticed that belly buttons on men with hairy abdomens seem to serve as a trapping device for hair, lint, and other debris, which I’m sure helps to increase the odor in someone who isn’t cleaning their belly button out.

ratboy's avatar

They are distant cousins of assholes.

AstroChuck's avatar

Funny. With me it’s my nose that smells.

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