Why Does My Belly Button Stink?
This may seem like an odd topic for a hub, and in all honesty it is.
I was in the supermarket this morning, and in front of the tinned peaches was a young mother and her toddler. The kid was a regular little boy, with messy hair and a grass-stained shirt, but for some odd reason, was deriving great pleasure from picking his belly button and taking the occasional sniff. When he inquisitively asked his mum why it smelt 'like cheese', she had some difficulty answering. This hub makes a dilligent attempt to explain that toddler's interesting question: Why does my belly button stink? as well as provide useful tips on how to clean your belly button.
Why does my belly button stink?
The case of a smelly belly button is common amongst 'innies.' The 'innie' belly button constitutes a small, closed area that is warm and moist and not regularly exposed to fresh air. Here, dead skin cells, lint, soap, dirt, hair, oil and bacteria fester and contribute to the foul smell that toddlers just love.
How to Clean your Belly Button:
Belly buttons are one of the hardest areas to clean on the body. Nonetheless it's important to mantain good belly button hygiene. Here's the simple process of how to clean your belly button:
Gather the equipment you'll need. Just several cotton swabs and some rubbing alcohol will do.
Sit or recline in a comfortable position, in an area with sufficient light.
Dip one head of the cotton swab into the rubbing alcohol, and gently stretch the stomach to greater expose the belly button. Rest the other hand (the one holding the cotton swab) on the stomach in such a way so that it gently stretchs the other side of the navel.
Gently work around the belly button, slowly twisting the cotton swab head to get a good clean.
Discard of used cotton swabs and repeat the process several times if neccessary.
- Be gentle and don't push too hard.
- Rubbing alcohol shouldn't sting when in use. If you have sensitive skin, you can also use a senstive skin wash or cream to clean.