Where does Belly Button lint come from?
From: "Confused and Bored"
Okay, here's my really stupid question... Where does
belly button lint come from? And how in the world does it get there?
I mean, I was in the shower, ridding my naval pf this vile offender
when the question just popped into my head. I MUST KNOW!!!
TB started the answers with this:
We are constantly shedding material off
ourselves. Clothing gets abraded through normal use. People who have
"innie" bellybuttons tend to collect more of this stuff due to
gravity and moisture. This accumulation is compressed when you sit
and move about. Normally bellybuttons are self cleaning but more
people are heavier and have deeper bellybuttons allowing more
accumulation to occur.
Todd thoughtfully added this:
Your shirt. Same thing with toe jam. Where does that
come from? Your socks. Lint in your pocket too. Lint likes to stay
in places where it won't be bothered.
David K agreed and wrote this:
I believe it comes from the a combination of the
fibers of your shirt plus dead skin. When your skin rubs against
your shirt, you create the lint, and the best place for it to
collect is the belly button. Otherwise, whatever stays on the
surface either gets easily washed away or just falls off your body.
Stephen H. shared this:
To answer the age old question of
where does belly button lint come from...It comes from your clothes. Thats right! When your wearing some sort of shirt and you move
around all day small bits of the shirt come loose from general wear
and fall down the inside of your shirt. Then it's just a matter of
nature's dirt collector, your belly button, taking it in. Sadly its
not more exciting than that but now you can feel like a genius and
share that with the masses!
Godzilla pondered this thought:
Your underwear. Small fibers migrate by way of body
hair and end up in your bellybutton. The more hair you have in the
area, the more lint you accumulate.
Doctor sent us this website:
This has been well researched. Click
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