The 10 worst smells

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Baby poo and wet dogs assault the nation’s nostrils

More than 2,000 people responded to our poll , asking what smells offended their noses the most.

Among the top ten were the smell of babies’ nappies, rotting food, and the pong from a wet dog, while people also came up with a number of more unusual answers.

Some of the popular responses are awful and pretty much as expected but who knew there was somebody out there who was offended by air fresheners?”

wet dog smell

The top ten worst smells as voted for by the British public were:

  • Baby Poo
  • Sewers on a hot day
  • Bad breath
  • Wet Dog
  • Fart
  • Human Sweat
  • Rotten food
  • Smoking
  • Smelly feet
  • The “juice” at the bottom of your bin

The unusual answers made us gape in amazement. Fresh bread is one of the universally loved smells, but there’s really no accounting for human taste, is there?

Also, respect to the one person from the 1970s who dislikes Brut 33. We’re still splashing it all over even if he isn’t.

Unusual or unlikely answers included:

We’d like to apologise to the one person who voted for ‘driving behind bin lorries’, we do try our best to keep our trucks as sweet-smelling as possible, but people keep filling them with rubbish!


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