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Why Does My Belly Button Stink?

Updated on January 22, 2011

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:

Step 1:
Gather the equipment you'll need. Just several cotton swabs and some rubbing alcohol will do.

Step 2:
Sit or recline in a comfortable position, in an area with sufficient light.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:
Gently work around the belly button, slowly twisting the cotton swab head to get a good clean.

Step 5:
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.


Why Does My Belly Button Stink? - Video


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    • Wrath Warbone profile image

      Terry Chestnutt 

      7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Thanks! I love those kind! lol!!

    • The Pink Panther profile imageAUTHOR

      The Pink Panther 

      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Glad you approve Wrath. I'll make sure to publish many more pointless hubs for you in the future :P


    • Wrath Warbone profile image

      Terry Chestnutt 

      7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Hilarious! And so is your profile page. You have a lot in common with all of us! I can't wait to read more!

    • The Pink Panther profile imageAUTHOR

      The Pink Panther 

      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Haha, well thanks parduc :)

      I'm glad you enjoy my senseless hubs :P - yours are far more useful than mine.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      7 years ago from Kos island, Greece

      You surely are unique,lol - I agree with Moon Willow Lake. I am your follower - not because of the belly-button, I just love the way you write.


    • The Pink Panther profile imageAUTHOR

      The Pink Panther 

      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      LoL, well some things are just better left un-said. This is probably one of them.

    • Moon Willow Lake profile image

      Moon Willow Lake 

      7 years ago

      Wow, I must say this is about one of the most unique hubs I've run across. Almost daring in a "taboo" sort of way - lol. Well, someone's gotta be brave! ; )


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