This week we hone our noses and sniff out the answer to this stinker of a question...."Why do toenails, and even feet in general, smell cheesy? Plus we ask can we make a magnet so strong that is squashes, rather thanks sticks to, our white goods?
Bacteria. Guthers, Mon, 30th Apr 2012
I don't think I have cheesy toenails.
Like Guthers said, it's likely due to the bacteria. The Brevibacteria that is used to ferment some cheeses is also present on our skin and concentrated around the feet causing odor. Tray, Tue, 8th May 2012
Because milk and sweat are more similar than most people are happy thinking about. Bored chemist, Wed, 9th May 2012
& they taste like cheese 2!
I think it's because of Propionibacterium but probably also cornebacteria and many others.
Did any of you even read the article above? Why are you all trying to answer the question (wrongly) that was answered already? Jay, Sat, 22nd Nov 2014
This is great, I clipped my toenails and sniffed them, smelled like Parmesan, and I started thinking up this imaginary world where Parmesan is a product scraped from beneath the toenails of giant trolls. Then I read this and was happy. Joshua K, Thu, 7th May 2015
Joshua your comment is wonderful. Darla, Sun, 17th May 2015
Ah this realization that cheese and keratin sceretions, when eaten by bacteria produce the same consistence and flavor/odor.... Did humans develop a like for cheese because it smelt like really masculine men(excess testosterone causes the secretions nessicary to feed the bacteria that create the smell). It certainly wouldn't even be close to the first time humans like something because it smells like a particularly virile/fertile man or woman Ohmy, Tue, 9th Jun 2015
My toe nail smells weird and it looks like it is gonna fall of I saw my doctor and she said it was fine but I disagree Joahua, Tue, 23rd Aug 2016