#1 Edited by egg (1450 posts) -

Have you ever bought paper towels, came home and open them and find that they smell funky?

This just happened to me, I got 2 paper towel rolls and they smell like yogurt. I'm not sure what to do, looks like I might have to throw them out, but first and foremost I'd like to find out what's going on. (And who knows, maybe it's normal. Maybe they smell like that right after being produced, so I got a "fresh batch")

Any ideas on why they smell like that?

They are Bounty brand paper towels by the way, and this never happened before that I know of.

#2 Edited by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Maybe something spilled on them in transit. Unless the package specifically says that they're supposed to be scented, paper towels will never really have a discernible smell.

#3 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7052 posts) -

ricin smells like yogurt. I'm not some crazy conspiracy theorist. All I'm saying is someone is out to kill you.

#5 Posted by egg (1450 posts) -

ricin smells like yogurt. I'm not some crazy conspiracy theorist. All I'm saying is someone is out to kill you.

This page doesn't seem to mention anything on how Ricin smells:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricin

It has no instances of words starting with odor, scent, or smell.

#7 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7052 posts) -

@egg said:

@mariachimacabre said:

ricin smells like yogurt. I'm not some crazy conspiracy theorist. All I'm saying is someone is out to kill you.

This page doesn't seem to mention anything on how Ricin smells:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricin

It has no instances of words starting with odor, scent, or smell.

I don't know how I could have made that joke more obvious.

#8 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2311 posts) -

That's whack. I'd throw them out and buy some new ones.

@egg said:

@mariachimacabre said:

ricin smells like yogurt. I'm not some crazy conspiracy theorist. All I'm saying is someone is out to kill you.

This page doesn't seem to mention anything on how Ricin smells:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricin

It has no instances of words starting with odor, scent, or smell.

If it actually was Ricin you'd either be dead or in critical condition. The joke Mariachi is making is either in relation to all the cases popping up recently with politicians being mailed ricin or Breaking Bad. Perhaps both.

#9 Edited by egg (1450 posts) -

Thing is I noticed that Bounty smells when wet. (at least sometimes. Which should be odd that some rolls don't have it, but I guess I didn't notice, because I got over it and simply assumed the smell is always there.)

But this time is different, they are newly opened and I didn't even make them wet, and the smell is totally different. It smells more like they are rotting. I had attributed the smell-when-wet smell to more of a manufacturing smell.

http://www.planetfeedback.com/bounty/other/odor+in+white+paper+towels/318031

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080703202259AA5LzgF

apparently others have noticed and its years old phenomenon. Thing is, it seems like some are talking about the towels smelling in general, while others only notice the smell when it's wet. So it's not clear which smell is being discussed.

I must stick to Bounty though, I think other brands are shit. They tear easily, or worse, shed lint like there's no tomorrow. Funnily enough, the smell-when-wet smell was alarming to me at first but I got over it because Bounty is superior. But this new yogurt smell is a problem. How can I let any of things touch something that smells like rot.I'm certainly curious about Bounty's manufacturing process now. =0

#10 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1197 posts) -

Have you tried eating them?

#11 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4161 posts) -

Well, how about you try buying some Bounty at another store? Then you'll if rancid-yogurt-smell is the new thing.

#12 Edited by egg (1450 posts) -

I tried smelling them again... they don't smell as bad a day later. In fact I believe I recognize it as the same smell as always, just more profuse. So either

a) They are a fresh batch

b) They got wet during shipping/storing

maybe, the production process involves fluids, and the smell is when the towels aren't dried properly before being packed/shipped? /baseless theory

@blu3v3nom07 said:

Well, how about you try buying some Bounty at another store? Then you'll if rancid-yogurt-smell is the new thing.

I'm afraid I will have to do just that, as much as it inconveniences me.

Living in first world really, really sucks.

#13 Posted by GorillaMoPena (1938 posts) -

Are you sure you didn't purchase yogurt by mistake?

#14 Edited by JasonR86 (9609 posts) -

Paper towels, or toilet paper really, that smelled like yogurt would be awesome. Your hands and ass would smell great!

#15 Posted by Clonedzero (4091 posts) -

im pretty sure there are scented types of paper towels.

maybe you bought the wrong type? check the packaging.

#16 Posted by Reisz (1461 posts) -

What kind of Yoghurt?

#17 Posted by ReapersPuppy (468 posts) -

maybe they assumed everyone who loves paper towels loves yogurt too =\

u should try licking them..

#18 Posted by jimmyfenix (3830 posts) -

A shop near me used to sell recycled toilet paper and that smelled like yogurt