Stink Bomb Recipes

How to Make a Stink Bomb

Hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur compounds are responsible for the 'stink' of most stink bombs.
Hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur compounds are responsible for the 'stink' of most stink bombs. Peter Cade, Getty Images

Stink bombs smell terrible, but they are also fun. Here are instructions for how to use everyday materials to make your own stink bombs.

Classic Egg Stink Bomb Recipe

  • eggs (fresh or hardboiled)
  • heavy duty needle or pin

One version of this results from hiding Easter eggs really well, so that you find them when you're changing the air filter for your air conditioner in the summer. Did you catch my 'I have personal experience' tone?

If you want to recreate the stench on purpose you don't have to boil the eggs. Just use a heavyduty pin or needle to poke through the shell of the egg. You can leave the egg in the sun to putrefy, wrapped in foil if you like. I have read that if you want to keep this stink bomb for an extended period of time, it helps to store the egg in salt. I don't know for sure. I am sure when you throw or crush the egg you can expect the usual hydrogen sulfide stink and possibly some nasty odors of decay. This is probably your safest stink bomb. Hydrogen sulfide, which is the source of the famous "rotten egg smell" deadens your sense of smell and can be toxic in high doses. Your average rotten egg doesn't pose any major health hazard (unless you eat it), but in general you don't want to breathe in sulfur-based gases.

Nasty Burning Hair & Rubber Stink Bomb

  • hair or fur
  • rubber bands
  • newspaper or notebook paper
  • matches or a lighter

If rotten eggs aren't stinky enough for you, you can wad up some hair (human hair, cat fur, dog hair... all equally disgusting), secure the hair with rubber bands, wrap the mass in notebook paper, and set it alight. You'll get suspended, since the only reason anyone uses this type of stink bomb is for a school prank.

Personally, I recommend you stick with rotting seafood or or a bad egg, since burning rubber probably generates some toxic compounds.

Prank stink bombs usually release ammonium sulfide. It's fairly easy to make an ammonium sulfide stink bomb, but it's not as safe as throwing a rotten egg or burning hair.

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