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What's the worst smell you've ever experienced?

What's the worst smell you've ever experienced?

Peteburg

A truckers piss bomb that opened while I was volunteering for trash pickup.


Newtons_Cradle87

Way of the road.


exp69

Fuckin way she goes


lorrainebainesmccfly

Came for the tpb references. Was not disappointed.


ObiWansTinderAccount

somestimes she goes. sometimes she doesn't.


connorr92

Brightens my day to see these references. Like a shitrainbow on the horizon


Newtons_Cradle87

Less if the shit talk Rand, not until we’re back in power.


Inteeltgarnaal

German public toilets at the Autobahn are the worst


Aliprice14

*German public toilets at the Autobahn are the wurst


sangywangy17

Me and my homies all pissed in a Gatorade bottle when we were kids. Worst smell EVER after sitting out for a bit.


Skyrimaniac

when i was 8 my neighborhood friends had a really neat fort that we built across the street in an ababdoned lot. one day i discovered that they had added a "bathroom" which was a coffee tin that they had been peeing in. it smelled disgusting so i told them to just pee away from the fort and i kicked the coffee tin into a bush. what i didnt know was one of the guys little brothers was hiding in the bush. The poor kid got covered head to toe in month old pee. I still feel bad about it to this day


PubicAnimeNummerJuan

A cat's abscess bursting open and leaking onto my mattress


merecat6

My cat had an infected anal gland. I feel your pain.


itsrainingcandy

Oh fuck no.


hey_there_kitty_cat

Ever try to lime dip a cat? The first time it happened *near* me I was told "it'll smell like a wet fart trapped in a blanket for a while". I was also told to go directly home and spray my clothes down and hang them outside. I screamed something about "why does it smell like sulfur in here, is this a gas leak?!", nope, they're dipping cats in sulfur to kill ringworms... I guess I'd rather smell like old farts than catch ringworms... So, a necessary evil.


ksquad80

Just to note, there's no such thing as ringworms. Ringworm is a fungus related to athletes foot. It is named because of its appearance.


KidneyStew

Yep. I've had ringworm before and it was literally nothing more than a red ring the size of a nickel on my wrist. All it took was one dose of topical cream to go away.


pajamasarenice

I had it on my ass and it spread to near my crotch. Took 6 weeks to go away and i broke out in a weird whole body rash during it


PlanktonOk4846

Homeless dude who was covered in shit, had a necrotic wound full of maggots on one leg, and oozing cellulitis on the other.


ilovelasko

There was a homeless man outside of a McDonald's when I lived in Las Vegas who had cellulitis to both his legs. He was covered in mud? But he smelled like he had also defecated himself. He walked into the McDonald's and took the first bag he saw off the counter and walked away. No one stopped him even though it was my order. I wouldn't have stopped him either.


MunkeyChild

That wasn't mud.


Damn_Dog_Inappropes

He touched it and it is now contaminated and therefore his.


lazyshadeofwinter

My McMuffin!


BanEmily

Did you end up getting a new bag for free or did you have to order again?


spgb-

He got a new bag for free, for sure. It's McDonalds.


ilovelasko

They replaced the order for free.


Cofnused_soul

You betrayed your food.


summerblack382

I was here to post an almost identical answer. I was working as a cleaner at a night shelter and had to clean the black maggots off the floor that the guy had been pulling out of his legs wounds all night. The smell was sickly sweet.


livingstudent20

Right! I was about to say the same. Once you’ve smelled that sickeningly sweet smell and know that it comes from a rotting wound/corpse there’s no way to unlearn it. I have a very good sense of smell and whenever I am outside and get a whiff of the smell of rotting flesh I immediately search for the source. Once identified the source I try to get as far away from it as I can. The problem is, sometimes I smell it meters away and it’s a place that I have to pass..... also there are flowers that smell just like that and it’s horrible whenever I pass one of those plants on the street..


summerblack382

Yes I've smelt those plants too! And the problem with the smell of death is it feels like it is invading your senses, it's impossible to ignore.


Damn_Dog_Inappropes

Hi, I work in healthcare. My answer is any necrotic wound. But in a specific case, it would be the lady with the dead lower right leg and foot. Yes, her foot was shriveled up and black. The smell would linger in any room she spent any time in. She had vascular surgery that went terribly wrong and she lost the bloodflow to that entire lower limb. :(


sssttteeevvveee

The worst part about necrotic wounds is that they leak fluids fucking everywhere. Guy used to come into my work with a gammied foot and he’d leave a trail behind him that was the most revolting smell I could imagine. Thankfully he got the help he needed through the NHS, even though he was homeless and mentally ill. But I still think about that sometimes


Damn_Dog_Inappropes

I feel bad for the blackened leg lady because she had to live with that smell for about 6 weeks before the black stopped spreading and they could amputate it. And it was really bad luck on her part too. (Although she smoked and obv had vascular issues but wouldn't quit smoking.) The most horrific patient for me was a 94YO lady who, aside from some mobility issues, was of sound mind and in pretty good health for her age. She developed gout for the first time, and the meds gave her SJS. Lots of seeping wounds. Everything peeled, and then because she was in such terrible pain, she wouldn't let anyone change her, so her entire butt became one huge open wound. And her lower right leg developed a pressure sore *from a pillow* and it went necrotic all the way down to the bone. And of course she developed osteomyelitis. She and her family decided hospice was the way to go (and it was), but it took her another 6 weeks to finally pass away. It was tragic, and awful. It's the worst death I've seen.


errolthedragon

That sounds horrific. Can I ask what SJS is?


Damn_Dog_Inappropes

[Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevens%E2%80%93Johnson_syndrome) NSFL, but it IS safe for work if you work in a hospital! Essentially, all the skin everywhere turns bright red like a terrible sunburn, and then it all peels off, often leaving open and seeping/bleeding wounds. This woman's lips and eyelids peeled. Inside her mouth. Her crotch. Her bottom. Literally everywhere peeled. Some places peeled deeper than others.


wannaboolwithme

Man assisted suicide should become a thing in more countries, this is terrible


Anonymanx

I had a college roommate who was a SJS survivor. She was about 7 or 8 when she developed SJS as a reaction to penicillin. In addition to the skin damage that had her in the burn ward for months, she also ended up with horrible dental problems (developing adult tooth roots were badly damaged) and destroyed corneas (corneal transplants were tried but not successful). Terrible stuff.


chezlee82

Also in healthcare. Also encountered this. Also agree that smell from a necrotic wound is not for the faint hearted. Burns patient also I think, maybe not as puke inducing but being in a negative pressure room in full PPE and smelling a mix of burnt flesh through your mask and knowing why you are smelling that and what this person in front of you has gone through/is going through is something else.


deeeevos

I'm gonna regret asking this but what is oozing cellulitis?


MichaelChinigo

Cleaning out flooded basements after Hurricane Sandy, there was a fridge that had gotten knocked on its backside. Door closed. Full of rotten food, flood water, sewage, and sitting there without power or fresh air for weeks. …until we opened it to empty it out. My god.


Hellament

Reminds me of helping my BIL move out of his college apartment late one summer (his lease was up, he got a new place). His then-roommate, a total piece of [email protected], was supposed to be watching things because my BIL had moved back home over the summer to work. Long story short, power had been shut off most of the summer and the fridge…was quite a piece of work. By the time we had gotten there, the inside was almost completely black…covered in what we later realized we’re dead, dried out maggots. Honestly, as bad as the aroma was it probably was *so* far gone that it was likely past it’s worse. The roommate wanted to give up his security deposit and abandon ship, but my BIL needed the cash so him and I cleaned that thing top to bottom. As we were leaving, the complex manager came in to do the inspection…we were honest with him about the state of the fridge and how we didn’t envy the next tenants, and surprisingly he said we had done a good job and wasn’t worried about it (I wouldn’t have wanted to use that fridge!)


TheWeirdShape

I remember from a similar thread that crime scene cleaners have a golden rule about this: just chuck the entire thing out at once, NEVER open the fridge.


MichaelChinigo

Good advice. We considered that as soon as we cracked the door, but in this case it was literally full of water and in a basement accessible only via stairs. It was impossibly heavy to drag out without emptying.


Frostbyite

Damn it was a shame you had to burn the whole house down.


HouseRenovations

Yep, we had my grandmother's old fridge in our (non climate controlled garage). In the wake of dealing with all her stuff after her passing, this fridge was left to sit for a while. It didn't work all that well, so we decided to dispose of it. To do so, you have to remove the doors before you bring it to the dump. Though the fridge was empty, the smell nearly brought us to our knees. I almost passed out. My steel-stomached husband actually loaded it into the truck and the two of us got it out as fast as we could when we got to the dump and literally peeled out of there. Such an incredbly awful smell, I cannot begin to imagine what a fridge like that with food left in it smells like.


KassOusSlay

Had the same expérience, went one month for vacation and cut the circuit breaker without thinking much. We had to trash our fridge because the smell would not go...


DocMcCall

I worked in a burn unit for a while. The smell of burnt human flesh was diabolical. The room has to be kept at 85°F with 95% humidity. (The burned skin can't thermoregulate, so a big risk of burns is hypothermia) The smell is so pervasive, you'll smell it on your clothes for days


Picklesgal111

As a former firefighter, I agree. The smell is very strong.


Infammo

Private high end chef here, can confirm it’s horrible.


Drekdyr

... Hannibal?


aleymac19

Came here to say exactly this. The factor of knowing what it is compounds the already awful smell. The worst part is that when the patient is recently burnt, it smell honestly like anyone cooking/smoking BBQ and it's absolutely horrifying. I've worked in ER/Fire/EMS for years and have gagged on the job twice, this was one of them.


Most-Source7478

I'll file this under "things I wish I didn't know"


Welshgirlie2

Subcategory: '....but at least I haven't smelled it'.


__mayo__

Smelled this once in the OT, I dont really wanna be a surgeon


TerriAna340

Little different, but I was able to sit in on a c-section for my work. They warned me and the other person watching to sit down if we started to get tunnel vision. Everything was fine until they cauterized the incision. I peaced out real quick. I respect you, and the doctors and nurses who have had to deal with the smell day in and day out. Not a fan.


serenasaystoday

My husband is a funeral driver. We live in BC, and we recently had this record breaking heatwave, upwards of 40 degrees when we're used to under 30 during the height of summer. Lots of people died. They didnt have enough drivers to keep up with the calls so some deceased clients had to wait to be picked up for like 1-2 days, essentially being microwaved in their rooms with no air conditioning. You can prolly figure out the rest.


Samma_FTW

So...you're saying that's what I was fucking smelling after out neighbour passed... We though a pipe broke...the was a house beside ours...my room had the odor linger from my open window for days.... Excuse me while I cry in my bathtub scrubbing


onrsup

Bloated dead animal. Riding ATV through field and ran over a bloated ground hog. It sounded like a shotgun blast went off followed by A yellow green haze and then the smell hit me. I rode as fast as I could home. Threw away all my clothes and showered in the yard with hose and Dawn. I still taste that smell.


pyneapplepyro

All I am imagining are the bloaters from left4dead.


Jack_of_all_offs

BOOMER! .........Francis!


itbethatway_

Coyote pee. Bought it to scare rodents in our house. The moment you get a whiff you recognize it


poopooweewee79

yeah or fox pee, so rank


ITaggie

Most predator urine smells awful. Not to say that deer urine smells good, but man something about predator urine just makes the smell stick and linger.


No-Bewt

it's made to linger as much as possible, isn't it? the whole 'territory' thing?


redundantposts

This is already marked as NSFW, but I’ll give an extra little warning for this one. Got called out for a wellness check after a neighbor smelled something awful coming from the patient’s house. The guy shot himself in the head while in the bathtub, and no one knew for weeks. The entire bathroom was coated in blood and brain matter that was now rotting, but the soup he’s now made with some maggot croutons was the real kicker. I’ve had patients who were too overweight to get up and use the restroom, so they instead shit in a bucket next to them. When it got too full, they just tipped it over onto their floor. The entire house was coated with a nice thick layer of fecal matter and dead animals between the hoarder house mess. That one smelled pretty awful, too. But not as bad as suicide soup.


lavish_li

I was grossed out by the shitting in a bucket, and then I got to DUMP IT ON THE FLOOR WHEN ITS FULL, and lost my hope for humanity. I can't imagine being in such a predicament


princessletra

Makes one wonder why not just shit on the floor at that point. What’s the point of the bucket anymore? 🤔


newsensequeen

I thought the grossest thing I've treated my eyes with was [this scene from Trainspotting,](https://youtu.be/P88cV5mFWoI) but the mental imagery from the above comment has rocked my limited fragile worldview and imagination.


borismuller

I always wonder how people get to be that size.


hindymo

Unhealthy coping mechanisms are a hell of a thing. It's difficult to imagine if you're not in it, but it's not too dissimilar to people drinking themselves to death.


borismuller

True, but I always imagined it’s a lot easier to keep drinking if you can walk to a shop to buy a drink. Some people get so big they can no longer walk. That’s where I struggle to understand the progression. But as you point out; I’m not in that situation.


laced-and-dangerous

Usually family members enable it. The person will start yelling, screaming, manipulating…anything to convince them to get them more food. It’s really messed up but it’s the same as someone giving money to a drug addict.


SpaceMarineSpiff

As someone who has enabled a lot of self destructive and gross behavior I can shed a little light. Mental health disorders and abuse. Are you surprised? In my case the other person was heavily abused as a child and food became a coping mechanism. It becomes very easy to want to "help" someone even when you're basically poisoning them. I'm not a cop or a therapist but I am here and have some cash for pizza. They're terribly grateful right up till you start saying no and then the abuse starts. They grew up in a certain kind of environment and most assuredly know how to manipulate people. They didn't even understand that's what they were doing. It's totally normal to "fully" express your thoughts and emotions, right? It certainly didn't inspire me to my best behavior and I inevitably capitulated every time. In my case it took a third party to come in and break the cycle. Sometimes we are both victim and perpetrator of abuse.


sdemat

It’s 6:16 am and I just opened Reddit today. I think that’s enough for today.


Scoobyginger25

I have depression and haven’t cleaned my room properly for like two months, this has motivated me to get up and keep fighting!! Never do I ever want to find myself in a situation where I shit in buckets and tip them on the floor 😬🤮


Kie1522

Get it clean all in one go and then it'll only take a couple minutes to keep it that way every day! I struggle with keeping my place clean when I'm feeling down, but it so much nicer to have a clean area to decompress in. Best of luck to you!


Scoobyginger25

Luckily it’s mainly just piles of clothes and clutter as I can’t stand actual filth but yes it’s much more peaceful to have an organised environment. I’m going to put loud music on and start in the left corner I think haha. Thanks! ❤️


Trublue27

My mother had fallen and landed on with her butt/hip area on the corner of a nightstand. The result was a hematoma that was the size of a basketball (she's a large person). This hematoma was so large that she became anemic from it and had to be hospitalized. The swelling hardly subsided for weeks and weeks. She contacted her Dr. and they advised her that she had to manually releive some pressure. She had it all set up with a blood bag and everything( being a former rn) and needed somebody to ehhh flip the switch if you will. I was that unlucky soul. I haven't the words to describe that smell. Just absolutely putrid. A month or two's worth of stagnant blood. I can only say that I left the room teary eyed and gagging. For weeks after I would randomly get "flashbacks" of the smell and it would be like I was there again. Luckily that stopped. she's ok now too.


BizarroBenes

I hate to tell you bud, those weren't flashbacks. That was particulate matter in your mucus membranes. Editing to add, because I'm getting a lot of questions: yes, all lingering smells are due to particulate matter, which comes in various sizes. Particulate matter is microscopic. So you can't see it, but it still interacts with your body. Think of particulate matter like smog, second-hand smoke, or someone else's fart. Some household gasses have chemicals added to them specifically so your nose can pick it up and be alerted to danger. Edit 2: commenter below is correct that some similar smells can revive negative olfactory experiences. Olfaction is a strong memory retrieval device. Some smells do linger, especially those involving fecal or putrid matter. So a good rule if thumb is be mindful of washing up if you're around such! Example: if you're still smelling dog shit, check your shoes. And yes, if you smell someone else's putrescence (while living or dead), it has made a home in your nostrils but your body will flush it eventually.


Calypsom

Why you gotta go an ruin this poor souls lie they convinced themselves of?!


Pinols

This guy right here, officer.


FormerSperm908

Ah man... This one time I was crawling through storm drains with a bunch of my friends and a guy in front had a humus burp that made me gag for weeks every time I thought about it. I guess that's the articular flatter or whatever you said.


ShizzleShizz

Humus burps are no joke


anonymiz123

Why didn’t the hospital do this? Wow.


ProfMeh

I have been in literal sewers and septic tanks, but our call centre bathroom right now makes me want to vomit and die to escape the smell.


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tea-fungus

I was telling someone that human decompress just had this *smell* unlike any other. I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s absolutely death but it also has this weird tinge to it. And it’s a heavy smell, it sticks to everything.


nagitoe_

This is probably the craziest one I've read so far on here. Holy.


serafel

I remember being on a placement in my first year of pharmacy school. The door opened and a few seconds later, I could smell something very...sharp and unpleasant. Not like body odour, or shit, etc. Poor guy that came in had a tumor or something involving his jaw/mouth/one side of his face. I assume it was inoperable. I have never had to try so hard in my life to act pleasant and pretend nothing was wrong. I actually gagged after he left, I thought I was going to vomit. And he MUST'VE been able to smell it and had to live with it on top of being in pain...just brutal...


Sh1eraSeastar

The medical term for that is a fungating tumour.


UCDent

Rotting bodies of migrants in the southern California desert. We radio reported it to the ranger station, we thought it was an animal carcass at first, but close enough to smell we could see their shoes and some of their clothes intact. Park Rangers and Border Patrol took care of it about an hour after we radioed it in.


tea-fungus

That’s so fucking sad and absolutely fucked


AcerOne17

I used to work at target. I got hurt and I became the store operator and worked at the fitting room. One day my boss calls me on the phone and says “there is a lady coming toward you right now. Do not let her take anything besides clothes into the fitting room!” He was the head of Asset Protection. Anyways a few seconds pass and this huge lady comes towards me. She has a shirt and some napkin in her hand in which I could see a little tube of lip gloss through. I told her I would take the napkin and she says “it’s ok I got it. It’s just trash” i tell her we don’t allow anything but clothes in the fitting room and she proceeded to put it in her pants. As she walks by I catch a whiff of the worst stench ever so back off and wait for her to finish. She comes out a couple minutes later and hands me the shirt. It smelled like sour ass juice and B.O. it literally made my eyes water and put a knot in my throat. As usual I had to go check the fitting room after she left to make sure it was clean and see if she left the wrapper to the lipgloss. When i walked in there it was one of the worst experiences of my life that haunts me to this day. I guess the lady knew we were watching her so to get back at us she peed in the fitting room. But it wasn’t just the smell of pee. It was her body odor, her sour pungent, putrid smell. It was like athletes feet and bad meat and piss and something else. She was really fat and I know that one of the smells were from her not cleaning in her rolls. I had to leave early that day from literally getting sick. Even now it’s making me sick. But we had to get a specialist to come and clean the fitting room and we closed the fitting room for the next couple days. I don’t even want to know where she put that lipgloss


Madame_Kitsune98

Dude. I am a chubby girl. I don’t shower every day, because I have eczema, and it’s bad for my skin. I shower every other day, and make sure I am clean. In ALL those places. There’s no excuse for that.


FinesseOs

What the fuck? Who does this? Forgive my Australian but what a putrid spiteful gross cunt.


Wine-Braised-Blupee

I was at a track meet in high school and had to take a piss, but the common bathrooms were too far away. So I opted to use the only porta-potty that was closest to the track. It was a tri-meet, so 3 schools were there . . . as I swung open the door, a waft of pure sourness just hit me in the face. There were no words that could describe the horrendous smell. My mouth gagged and my nostrils stung. I had the audacity to look down the toilet because I couldn’t even comprehend how it was even possible to achieve this level of horridness. There literally was just a mound of brown and yellow shit/diarrhea piled so high in there that I could imagine, an unsuspecting person who sat down could have possibly scraped the top with their dong if it was long enough. Your butthole could have been scorched from the stench itself. Welp, I promptly closed it, went for a walk, and vowed never to used another porta-potty again for as long as I live.


wanknugget

You just reminded me of a porta-loo i came across while at a festival one year, it was day 3 and none of the porta-loos had been emptied so things were grim. One loo in particular had a mountain of shit that went ABOVE the seat. I have no idea how people managed that.


john-douh

Probably squat-shatted while standing on the seat...


buckbrush

The fear of slipping would be to much.


LRN666

I’d be unable to avoid the temptation of adding my own unique stench to the smorgasbord of foul smells bro. I just gotta get in on it


U_Sam

Bro come onnnnn. I didn’t need to read this today


Ok_Ring_2287

Science class the teacher brought some fake sewage for us to test and try to clean out. Even through the mask I was so close to puking.


rosepotion

What is fake sewage?? I get that they wouldn't want real sewage to expose students to harmful bacteria and all bc its literally a biohazard but I really wonder what fake sewage could be made of


my-sims-are-slobs

it's probably got something like Liquid Ass in it


Timzorrr

Once I was camping in a tent with my cousin, when a girlfriend called me. It was supposed to be a guys night out, we were 17. I told him i'd only talk to her for a few minutes. We were both still laying on the air mattress, and what should have been 10 minutes became 40. My cousin grew impatient, and I don't blame him at all. So he decided to pull a "prank" on me. He set up his ass at my head, behind my head, behind my back. Remember we are both laying on the mattress. Then he proceeds to tap me on the back, so I roll over to him, and here I see his bare asshole, cheeks spread right at my nose. Surprised I gasp and inhale right as he rips a huge fart. And I swear to god there was no air in that inhalation, it was pure fart, 100% fart from ass to nose. I felt poisoned, intoxicated, I ran out to breath fresh air. Then we laughed our ass off That was the worst smell I've ever smelled.


sudwind

guys night out indeed


Alpacamum

Funniest post here.


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The rotting meat we had to put in the bin outside that was in our freezer when Katrina knocked out our power for days. No, wait, after having read someone else's post, it was the ungodly stench inside the back of a van that held the furniture and belongings of a man who died alone at home, and eventually liquefied. I was on a crew that was told to empty it out. We couldn't go more than halfway into the van, it was that repulsive. We walked out on the job. "You want that shit out of there? Get it yourself." That was a job for a hazmat team, not day laborers.


Scoobyginger25

Omg 😳 yeah that seems like a severe health hazard! Glad you told them where to go


Murder_matic

Rotting rat corpses in an attic. I can still smell it right now 15 years later. People's body odor from a long lack of bathing. Not any group you might assume, it doesn't matter your circumstances. I figure anyone can get that bad and that the only thing worse is someone like that on fire.


TheBoogeyman93

Decomposing dead body, the AC wasn’t on and the victim had been left there for five days prior to the call.


46patisse

Same - dead neighbor. I was on my hands and knees in our shared hallway trying to find the source of the smell.


SmokinOakland

Oh no, you definitely snorted some death particles I'm sorry


ManThatIsFucked

I just watched an interesting "A mortician answers twitter questions" on youtube. Excellent personality on the mortician. Dry yet pleasant humor with serious answers. He made a comment that a dead human being is a smell you never forget. And that human beings are naturally built to recognize and AVOID the smell of a dead human body. I wonder if there are really health risks for inhaling the smell of a dead body???


pm_me_thy_tits

i remember smelling a dead human as a kid and it struck something deep inside me, as if I knew this smell means something horrible and I need to urgently get away. I never forgot the smell ever since.


subtletramp

My grandma lived in Mesa, Arizona and was notorious for keeping her heater up high. She passed away in her chair and was there for possibly up to a week before someone found her. I feel terrible for the maintenance man my dad sent to check on her.


Deathbackwards

Who even needs a heater in mesa arizona


TheBoogeyman93

Yeah, it’s awful having to come across someone who has died. Sorry about your grandmothers passing.


truckerguy1234

Cleaning out a house for an estate auction where the home owner passed away and wasnt found for 6 weeks. That smell is forever stuck as worst smell ever


soljaboss

Serious question, can you ever get rid of that smell? Without demolishing the house?


Twerkillamockingbird

I found some mouldy potatoes in a cupboard that were infested with maggots. Some of the maggots and potatoe juice made it inside a wooden cheese knife set that we got as a wedding present. I soaked the set in hot water and disinfectant for a few hours, then put it through the dishwasher, then soaked it in a strong bleach solution for a few hours and then left it outside in the elements for a few days. It still absolutely stinks and now my dishwasher does too. Thinking back, maybe I should have used cold water as sometimes hot water makes biological smells stick.


oldbooksmell_420

Ozone generators might do the trick


Heckazon

It makes me sad to think that person died, and for 6 weeks, no one thought to check on them/wonder where they were, or they literally just had no one to care.


starrygil

That's my greatest fear


Doobis13

Necrotic toxic megacolon


LeatherMushroom

My new death metal band


Fuckyoumecp2

Thank you for the laugh


samuriwerewolf

Depends on what you mean by “worst”. I used to work in a hospital and you’d deal with a lot of necrotic tissue, abscesses, poop, pee, blood, every fluid imaginable. You kinda go numb to the smells of bodies, alive or dead, after awhile. The one I’ll never forget until my dying breath and makes me nauseous to this day is aspartame/Sucralose. Ya know the fake sugars aka Splenda and Sweet & Low. You may be asking, why are those the worst smell? Well, buckle up, buttercup, it’s story time. SO, I was working in an ER and a patient came in by ambulance. Several bullet wounds and the patient is knocking on deaths door. I’m shadowing an ER doc and we go assess the patient. I walk into the patients room and there is a very faint weird chemical sweet smell in the room, like someone made the grossest tea ever. Never really smelled a room of sweet & low before but oh well, nbd, right? The doctor assesses the patient, does CPR, pushes a bunch of meds, pretty standard routine. He gets done, comes over to me and says “Unfortunate, he’s so young.” My dumb naive self responds “What do you mean‽” The doctor says “The patient is basically dead.” I look at his vitals and everything and I respond “His blood pressure is good, his SpO2 is holding at 95%, and he’s responsive to pain, what makes you so certain he’s going to die?” This grizzled ER doctor looks at me and says “You smell that? That sort of sickly sweet smell in the air?” Me: “I mean, yeah, I noticed it but I figured it was some cleaner or solvent or something.” Doc: “Come over here.” So I go to the head of the patients bed and the patient has a 2” HOLE IN THE TOP OF HIS HEAD!!! That fake sugar smell was his BRAIN MATTER! The bullet managed to miss his ~~cerebellum~~ brain stem so his heart was still pumping away fine and dandy but the dude was a vegetable waiting to bleed out from the massive chunk of brain missing. I had been told that brains don’t really smell since they’re mostly fat but when they’ve been vaporized by a bullet, the high concentration of glucose in the brain mixed the fat, protein, and CSF make a vague chemically sweetness. To this day, I get ill when I taste fake sugar and have to check the ingredients label for any aspartame or Sucralose.


StevenPlzN0

Not a medical proffesional but can confirm. Brother shot himself in the garage and thats all you could smell for a week


slimcdk

So sorry for your loss. RIP


theseaskettie04

My first kid, when we were still learning literally everything, and not realizing how much breastmilk got under his chubby neck rolls, until we pulled them back to clean and unleashed THAT.


koopooky

Ahh check under rolls...one to note if I ever have a kid!


theseaskettie04

Three kids in you look back and think well duh, why wouldn't you check under the rolls. But first kid plus sleep deprivation, simple things go unchecked haha. The amount of times I went out to the store with a spit up stain on my shirt has to be in the hundreds by now.


sugar_tit5

That reminds me, up until I was like 12 my mum would tell me my neck still smelt like milk. Took until recently to realize she meant breastmilk


theseaskettie04

Smells great until it doesn't haha


Pamplem0usse__

So my sister and I moved into this house in a really run down area, next door was an abandoned property with a big freezer on the porch. My *brilliant* sister was like, "What if there's a body in there!?" So she opened it up. The smell of rotting meat, vegetables, and who knows what else encompased the fucking street and lingered for DAYS. It was absolutely vile.


Adlsc

Once i saw this disgusting looking insect i had never and i have never seen again in my life, it was like a huge pitch black cricket with grotesquely big rear legs, i stepped on it and my god the smell that came out of it ill never forget, it was so strong and unlike something from before, I threw up and im so fucking disgusted by insects ever since. Found it: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mogoplistidae


BatSh1tCray

Sounds like you could be talking about a Parktown Prawn! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parktown_prawn They are *horrifying* creatures. Fuel of nightmares. And they produce a vile odour. Our dog caught and crunched on one once and the smell is quite unlike anything a person could describe.


Adlsc

Similar but its not this one, the legs on the one I saw were further back and bigger, also it was really black it had no brown, definitely a different kind of critter.


trailerparkjesus87

I'm commenting because I once found one of the very things you're describing in my shoe. I legit screamed like a toddler and threw it out the window. It looked exactly as you described and I've never heard of anyone seeing it other than me. I also have never seen anything like that again. Someone please solve this literally 12 year old mystery by telling me what the fuck was in my shoe. I also think it flew out the window. The thing had wings, swear to God.


follows_maleees

Toss up between a GI bleed stool, or C. Diff stool. Both which are super weird that I've encountered considering I work in IT.


Canooter

C Diff. C Diff run. Run Diff, run.


Criminal-Cat98

C diff sets your nose on fire. Swear my hair would smell of it. Not sure if it's worse than gangrene, that shit makes whole floors smell. Worked in elderly care, I am now not at all bothered by any smell.


serenasaystoday

God C Diff is so recognizable but like when I haven't smelled it for a while I just cant conjure up the memory, then I walk into a ward and bam...that's c diff baby


ninmm94

My own shit coming out of my mouth due to fecal impaction. Dry heaving just thinking about it.


DeliciousPriority386

That must be so hard, no pun intended lol. I hope you are doing great now.


Goat_666

Yikes. Had a patient of mine puke up shit, and even though cleaning it up was not really pleasant, in a way I was just happy it wasn't me puking up shit. Hope you're doing well now. May I ask what caused the impaction, did they ever figure it out? How was it treated? I'm interested because I used to work at the surgical gastroenterology ward.


ninmm94

Hi! So I had been having this recurring issue of throwing up and being constipated or uncontrollable bms for over 4 years…I was told at first it was IBS, but I couldn’t believe that because I had tried every restrictive diet under the sun and nothing had changed with my symptoms. I even had a colonoscopy done and everything seemed fine (which makes sense now). After the colonoscopy I gave up searching and came to the conclusion that maybe I just had a really bad case of IBS. Two years passed with the same symptoms…until they got even worse. I ended up at the emergency hospital 4 time in 1 week because I couldn’t stop vomiting. The doctor at first gave me numbing and nausea meds to calm me down and sent me home. On my 4th visit, they booked an emergency gastroenterologist appointment and I was sent for an X-ray since they already put me through the other various tests and procedures two years prior. My x-ray results showed that I was literally full of shit - my colon and stomach just had fecal matter to the brim. It was concluded that my body is not able to perform full/proper bowel movements. I was told to take pico-salax to completely empty everything inside, and then just take restoralax everyday for the rest of my life to keep things moving and not build up again. That’s probably why nothing seemed wrong in my colonoscopy previously, because I was emptied out with pico-salax! Thankfully, this regimen has made all my troubles go away lol. Let me know if you have anymore questions! Happy to share.


Elegant-Spell1681

Skunk. One time on a hunting trip and another time a snowplow hit a skunk and the skunk exploded of smell


Interesting-Road-441

My dog gorged on mice when we were cleaning out an old barn. I didn’t realize, but when she wasn’t feeling well, I held her in my lap…until she barfed. Probably 30 dead mice - not even digested - covered in stomach acid all over my lap.


93yourcultleader93

Also,dead roses and the water they are in.That smells worse than I ever thought it could.


akand_1

New Orleans Bourbon Street


Sharkfaun

Whenever I walk past a dump truck it reminds me of that smell.


foxual

The entire French Quarter just reeked liked hot, rotting garbage... you know, because of all the hot, rotting garbage.


CharlotteMaltese

Fly killer bags for horse stalls. Especially when they get full of flys. They smell worse than dead things.


THP_music

Earlier this year my brother died from COVID-19. He’d been dead for a month before his body was discovered. He lived in a rooming house and the other tenant thought it was garbage. (I know, there’s a lot to unpack in that story). Because of the pandemic getting access to his room took over a month. The room had been sealed the whole time with the windows closed. I had to go in there to look for paperwork and other stuff. Turns out he was also a hoarder. There was rotted food in there as well. I can’t describe what that smelled like. I used Vicks to mask the smell (a tip given to me by an ex cop I met in Lowes while looking for masks) but that wasn’t enough. In the interest of brevity and trying to retain whatever is left of my sanity I won’t go into too many details. This was fairly recent and I’m still dealing with it.


Fuckyoumecp2

I am so sorry for your loss


SnooBooks324

I was doing my clinical rotations at a hospital. Right before lunch time, we had an old lady, maybe 80-90, come in the ER with necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) all over her legs. We had to lift her to place new sheets under her, and the smell that hit my nose, I don’t even remember because I had to block it from my memory, it was that bad. No lunch that day. Another one that comes second is when I assisted in a surgery where we had to drain a guy’s maxillary sinus, because he would have recurrent sinusitis. When the ENT surgeon hit that pocket filled with pus and mucus, that smell was just rank! I can’t describe it, but it’s what you’d think old pus and festering bacteria would smell like. It was like greenish/yellow too. Edit: I hope I didn’t come off offensive y’all! I don’t think medical stuff is gross, I’m realizing that these conditions are more common than we believe! I just wanted to relate those experiences because as a student at the time that’s how I felt, but I hope if anyone is actually experiencing chronic sinusitis that you get it checked out by your doctor, because it could definitely turn into an abscess if left too long and not treated with the right antibiotic course!


LijnS

A guy who's arm was grinded in a chickenshit grinder on a chickenfarm. Wrangled and mangeld, chickenshit in the wounds. Surgeons did put his arm back together, doused it in antibiotics and legt the wounds open to counter the swell and optimalise bloodflow. But when we (the surgeon and me) changed the absorbant mats under his elbow, a big chunk of decomposed flesh fell out the bandages. His arm eventually got amputated at the shoulder.


Lady_Scruffington

You just reminded me of the time my dog must have had a sinus infection. He sneezed. And you know how dogs sneeze and shake their head at the same time? Yeah. All this gunk just sprayed all over, including onto me. It just smelled so bad, I wanted to cry.


Rehberkintosh

Dead sea lion that had washed up on the beach. It was there slowly smelling worse for weeks until one-day somebody chucked a rock the size of a coconut at the thing and burst it open and then the smell got really real.


brutisbuckeye

Burning flesh. Experienced it during the first Gulf War.


introspectivepotado

The smell of a dying alcoholic.... I never gag but that so nearly made me throw up


W-R-St

Not me but an archeologist friend of mine talked about one time his team opened a Victorian lead-lined coffin on a dig and the inside was liquid... One of the excavators threw up in their sealed forensic suit. My personal worst smell is human brain. something about it got me on a very deep level of 'this is not okay.' It's a weirdly specific smell, kind of meaty but also ... sweet? For context I studied anatomy and it was in a lab, so don't panic.


freepain1059

Was called to a house where a guy mostly was 400+ lbs. Never moved from the couch. And just mostly shit and pissed where he was. The rot was so bad, the couch was melted into his skin. He died from mass infections, and no one found him to someone reported seeing a fluid dripping to the lower appartment.


Marie-thebaguettes

So. Much. Blood. Enough blood in one place is like a full on assault of pure copper to the back of your nostrils. I could never be a vampire


reallylongstick

This lady I used to serve when working at a kiosk in a shopping mall. According to the rumours she was paranoid schizophrenic and had a fear of bathing but I feel like something else was going on too. You could hardly breath while in her vicinity. Despite all this she was super friendly. I was one of the few people who would actually serve her so she took a liking to me but even I would have to make up excuses to get away from her. I've never smelt anything like it since.


spof2088

My dog’s anal gland fluid.


coleisfantastic

I used to work for a company that rented and serviced portable toilets for construction sites, parks, and events. The company had standards for clients to follow. One toilet needed serviced once a week to support ten workers. More workers, and you’d need either more toilets or more services per week. Plainly, the managers on these job sites would lie about how many folks they had working, and to spare the details, the toilets were not in good shape at a lot of places. Combine that with a high percentage of Mexican Americans in the working class here and a truly shocking frequency of hemorrhoids among construction workers, and you’ve got a delightful aromatic cocktail of spicy shit, blood, our cleaning chemicals and their construction chemicals. Far worse though was when a toilet wouldn’t get serviced properly by our pick-up crew before shaking it up on the trailer ride and bringing it back to sit in the sun on the yard for weeks. Paid very well though for a young guy, even if the manager was a drop-out from clown school who spend an hour bitching at us every morning that we were never getting places on time.


DominantPlot777

Around 8 ducks in a tiny pen. A lot of duck shit in a small space in 95 degree summer heat


Objective_Reality232

In the summer of 2008, late at night one time I had to let one rip and thought it would be funny to do it in my brothers room then close the door. Big mistake. What ever came out of my body that night was a concentrated gas of death, my brother woke up almost immediately and began violently throwing up once I told him I farted. My other brothers room was right across the hall and when I opened the door it was enough to make him start gagging in his sleep! One fart woke up three people and caused two of them to throw up. It lingered for well over an hour as well. The smell was beyond any thing I had ever smelled at that point in my life and to this day Ive never been able to replicate it. Edit: for those interested I’ve never been able to pin down what it was that I ate that day. I’ve tried recreating it but even when it happen it only happened once like that, the aftershocks were too bad actually.


Sicko_Ribs

Holy shit! Good god man.


killklowns

Lmfao I wonder what you ate that day


tarheelbro50

I boiled ribs and then put them on the grill one day. I had to unexpectedly had to go in the hospital. I was in there for 3 weeks. When I got home, that pot of pig fat and just nasty liquid from the ribs of 3 weeks earlier, was still sitting beside the sink. Nor my mom or brother threw it out. So, I dumped it out. Mind, you this isn’t long before I had a double lung transplant. So, I was very sick. I had to walk it outside and dump it. Almost threw up everywhere.


pyneapplepyro

I'm so sorry you have been through all of that and so much of it! I'm surprised your mom and brother could live with it.


tarheelbro50

They define lazy. They probably didn’t notice, or didn’t care enough to move it


pyneapplepyro

I hope that you are in a better spot now. Emotionally and physically.


tarheelbro50

Trust me, I am.


DeanSmartin

I was a sickly kid. Lots of surgeries. Anesthesia (gas) will always be the worst smell for me. I'm a healthy adult now.


angiezieglerstye

The semolina, flour, and other bullshit behind a make table at the end of a day at this pizza shop I worked at. It smelled like it was alive.


anonymiz123

I once bought smoked Turkey wings, froze them, and a few weeks later put them in my pressure cooker with some collards. Then I opened it up when done. Not sure where it happened, but the wings were apparently rotten. Very rotten. It was like a biological grade smell bomb. I threw up almost immediately.


KingBooRadley

In the 1980's I went to the Viking Museum in York, England. They had a ride that took you through a viking village and they had recreated the smell. That smell haunted me for 20 years. Even now when I imagine it I feel not right.


AhFFSImTooOldForThis

I had just bought a convertible and was driving with the top down, cruising back roads, loving life. I got stuck in a winding, no passing zone, with freshly fertilized fields to the left and right. Gross. Then it got worse. At a light, I ended up behind a fucking chicken truck. Oh. My. Unholy. Fucking. Hellfiend. They were alive, but crammed in pretty tight, on their way to the processing plant. And the smell was just horrific. Nowhere to pull over, nowhere to stop, and cannot pass. I started buying chicken raised humanely after that. Yes, I know the whole meat industry is fucked, but that was....a bit much for me. So, I'd have to say mine is, stuck in a convertible behind a chicken truck and surrounded by freshly be-shitted fields.


JeromesDream

no jury on earth would have convicted you for passing on a double yellow


Ralh3

Ok try to imagine along here Worked on a hog farm during the heights of the PRRS outbreak (horrible respiratory sickness) about a decade back, we lost over 100 pigs on a single weekend, while our facility only had capacity to burn maybe 4-6 at a time depending on size and takes 12-14 hours per burn. ​ Its 95 degrees all week long, the dead truck service can only show up about once a month right now because there are simply too many dead livestock everywhere...so they cant come and collect any of your dead and youll have to deal with em... ​ Not sure if you lot understand what happens to a pile of dead 100-250lb pigs when they sit in the 95+ sun for a few days, but its basically an oozing death balloon of pulsing fly bait, after 4-5 days they start to burst/rupture and you get maggot bombs that cover the entire area in shear hell. ​ Im sorry but at least yall just imagined it instead of having to clean it up


zippygoddess

I once borrowed a spot cleaner vacuum that hadn’t been used in a while and it turned out the trash compartment was filled with decomposing human hair and various debris that had been rotting away for who knows how long. It was vile, my whole house stank, roommates complained, and there was nothing we could do to get rid of the smell


Kollin66182

My dog got sprayed by a skunk and she ran back inside the house. I had to let her in since it was chasing her but I'll never forget that smell. It's not a "hmm it's either weed or a skunk" type of a deal like I've always experienced before. That shit will ruin your world for weeks and maybe even months.


BagNo2631

rotten onion


airwalkerdnbmusic

1.) Sileage. Yes, rotting human flesh and other disgusting stuff is horrible, but sileage is so so much more concentrated and powerful. It overwhelms you, and its always in a place that is confined, so its a lot harder to get away from, especially if your working in there and have to just deal with it. Ive seen new farm hands come on site and take one whiff and go white, chunder everywhere and then it takes them weeks to get used to it. 2.) Chicken feces. Horses, Cow and even Pigs has a unique aroma that isn't terribly disgusting to be around and can be borne with some bonhomie and grit. However, I cannot abide chicken crap. Its absolutely horrendous and has a vile sour taste to the smell, which makes you retch. I will never keep chickens. 3.) Festival toilets. The open drop ones, into a big pit. The unique combination of urinal cakes, bleach, urine and feces plus vomit, spit and other bodily fluids is a remarkably vile scent. Ive seen people use the loos at festivals with a full face mask on, pre-pandemic, wearing wellies and waders and still vomit. You cant escape it when your in there, especially if its a hot day. Yum.


millerb55

The smell of burning blood at the meat packing place .


MK1KIWI

Sitting in my lounge one day, with now ex wife & 2 kids. Dog ambers into room, starts coughing a bit .. no big deal right ... But keeps coughing & then vomits in middle of lounge floor. The smell was so bad the kids & wife vacated straight away. Seriously it was like wtf is that .. I had to check .. the dog had eaten a couple of his own turds & regurgitated them on our lounge floor. Oh. My. God .. it smelt soooo bad .. & I still remember that day vividly even 8 years later. Nuts .. lol.


SpankThuMonkey

Huh… it just happened yesterday. Picked up my new dog who had never been in a car before. We got stuck in traffic in like 28Deg heat. Despite the windows being down the poor guy threw up and shat all over the back seats. It was still 30 mins to home. My eyes were literally watering. Not fun for anyone.


ChewbacasUglyBrother

House that this dude died in. It was for sale "as-is". Hard pass


Responsible-Tie-7408

Rotting potatoes for the win. Insanely worse than body decomp. It’s like …. I’m gagging thinking about it


Positronicon

Agreed. Once helped clean out a rental house where some nasty tenants had finally been evicted. The house was full of dog poop but the worst smell by far was the sack of potatoes sitting in an inch of water in an ice chest in the shed in the backyard. Skinflint landlord wanted me to save the ice chest. I told him unless he wanted to risk botulism himself, I was throwing it out.


Alpha_Crow_1

Oh God you made me remember the smell. We had some mashed potatoes we forgot in the back of the fridge, we shouldn't have checked to see if they were good. I, literally, immediately and violently emptied my stomach into the sink I was lucky enough to be standing in front of.


whiskynig

A rat died in our attic near some electronic items. Took us weeks to identify where the smell originated and once we found out we were truly disgusted


thundershit1

There was this public bathroom when i was in Lyon (France) after each use [these](https://c8.alamy.com/comp/BWR117/freestanding-public-wc-rest-rooms-toilet-station-on-rue-saint-jacques-BWR117.jpg) public toilets clean themselves whole from the inside. It’s a pretty big space. After a night drinking going back to my hotel, I had to pee so i walked up to one of these public toilets and press the button to open up. And i shit u not (no pun intended) there were bits of wet shit scattered everywhere in there. I assumed someone just took a fat shit on the floor and as I mentioned earlier it cleans itself after each use. So i think because of that it spread the shite everywhere across the toilet room. It was horrible


mineNombies

As a kid, had a habit of digging up earthworms, or collecting them when it rained. Not really sure why? Maybe I thought I'd use them to go fishing. Either way, I collected a ton of them at once, and put them all in a resealable coffee canister. Then went on a two week long vacation. Didn't remember what I'd been doing before leaving, and opened the can on the day we got back. I usually have quite a strong stomach, but let me tell you, the aroma of week dead, marinated and fermented rotting earthworm, released all at once from a sealed container? Let's just say my patents were very concerned when they came outside to check on me and found me vomiting over and over into the grass.


umquhilespecter

Unkempt, unwashed dreadlocks that got wet from CNC coolant that did not have anti-bacterial chemicals in it. I believe the dreads were a few years along at that point