If you’re reading this article, then I’m sure you’ve been there. You spend most of the day in front of your computer, sitting on your favorite chair.
Then, one day you notice that there is an unpleasant odor coming from your chair. You find that it smells like someone farted on it, or frankly, that it smells bad.
Well, let’s discuss the reasons why this is.
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Why Your Chair Smells After Sitting Down On It
As you’ll soon learn, there are three main reasons why there is a bad smell coming from your chair after sitting down on it.
I will discuss each of them in more detail as I go through the article. You’ll also learn how to remove the smell, once you know the root cause.
So, here are the three main reasons why your chair might smell after sitting down on it:
- You have diet or medical issues
- You’re not cleaning yourself properly
- You have a swamp wet problem
1. You Have Diet or Medical Issues
If it’s not the two above, then you should start considering that the bad smell is medical-related.
There would be a wide range of possible reasons here; it could be diet-related, hemorrhoids, constipation, STIs, abscesses, etc.
I am by no means an expert in this, so the best way to determine what may be causing this, is to consult a professional doctor.
Book an appointment with a doctor to rule out or determine any medical-related reasons that could be causing the bad smell when you sit down on chairs.
2. You’re Not Cleaning Yourself Properly
In most cases, this would be the primary reason why you’re leaving a bad smell on your chair after sitting down on it.
Basically, that bad smell is oftentimes simply the result of not wiping down there properly or using the wrong things to wipe or clean after taking a dump.
There might still be some fecal matter (which isn’t always visible by the way) around the outside and just inside your anus area.
If you notice that you also leave some stains on your underwear after taking them off, then this is most definitely what’s causing your chair to smell after sitting down on it.
Here are some suggestions on how to fix this:
Use Wet Wipes
Instead of just using dry toilet paper, use wet wipes first and then use toilet paper after.
Most wipes are made of non-woven fabric similar to those used in dryer sheets, which are then saturated with a solution of water and gentle cleansing agents such as isopropyl alcohol.
Because of this, wet wipes are much more effective at cleaning certain parts of your body and therefore, will significantly reduce the chance of making your chair smell.
After pooping, use wet wipes first to properly clean your bum. Then, to make sure that it’s dry, use some normal toilet paper afterward.
Make sure to wipe from front to back, moving fecal matter away from your front parts.
Get a Bidet
An even better alternative to wet wipes is to buy a bidet.
This is the cleanest, healthiest, and most hygienic way to clean down there of any remaining fecal matter and smelly bacteria.
A gentle stream of water thoroughly rinses below the belt area without causing irritation.
Using a bidet will allow you to target the area around your anus so you can completely clean it out.
Afterward, you can dry off using toilet paper, or you could simply wait around and air-dry your bum.
I recently discovered the Tushy Classic 3.0 Bidet Toilet Seat Attachment, which personally, is a quick and affordable way to clean properly.
It easily attaches to any standard toilet in under 10 minutes so this is definitely a good option if you’re looking to start using a bidet.
Consider Manscaping (If You’re Overly Hairy)
You probably know that hair tends to trap bacteria and odors.
This is why our underarms are particularly prone to smelling bad. The same applies to hair, especially if you’re overly hairy down there.
While this hair may not necessarily be the cause of any smell, it is certainly not helping it smell good either.
For this reason, it may be good to consider removing it all, through waxing or just trimming, whatever you prefer.
3. You Have Swampy Wet Problem
We all experience some sweat down there, especially when it’s hot out there.
A hot summer day, an intense day at the gym, or simply high stress, can cause you to sweat so much that you’ll feel like you’ve been sitting in a swamp.
Excessive sweating down there could also be one of the major things causing your chair to smell after sitting down on it.
But, I just want to clarify that sweat in itself, is not supposed to smell bad. In fact, it should actually be odorless.
It is when you mix it with bacteria that it starts to develop an unpleasant odor.
However, the thing is your bum can be an absolute breeding ground for bacteria: it’s dark, warm, and moist.
Plus, if you’re not cleaning it properly, chances are there will be some remains of fecal matter down there as well.
Together, these three can lead to a very unpleasant odor in that area. This odor then gets passed on to the chair when sitting.
If this is the case, then these are some suggestions on how to fix it:
Wear Breathable and Non-Synthetic Underwear
If you can reduce the amount of warmth and moisture in your below area, you can eliminate more bacteria, and thus reduce unpleasant odors.
You can do this by wearing breathable underwear; something that is less restrictive such as boxers or boxer shorts.
In addition, natural fabrics like cotton allow your skin to breathe and may be a good choice in terms of fabric type.
By contrast, synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester are especially non-breathable and could cause you to sweat and smell more down there.
Use Body Powder
Body powders are extremely useful in mitigating and preventing sweat, bad body odors, as well as skin chafing and irritation.
I personally use these mostly for my two berries, but these can also easily be used for your bum.
With less sweat being produced down there, you will feel much cleaner and more comfortable. You’re also significantly reducing the chance of smelling bad down there.
There’s absolutely no shame in using a little powder down there as no one will be able to tell you’re using it anyway.
If you notice that an unpleasant odor emanates from chairs after sitting down on them, then these are probably the main reasons why:
- You have diet or medical issues
- You’re not cleaning down there properly
- You have a swamp wet problem
The first two reasons above are hygiene-related, while the third one is medical-related (obviously).
What I recommend is to eliminate the possibility that the unpleasant smell is a result of bad hygiene.
If you are clean but are still facing this problem, then it is definitely time to visit the doctor and ask for professional advice.