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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Explaining the rubber tire comment

I realized after I made that post that not everyone (all 3 of you) who reads my blog may understand the whole rubber tire thing. Allow me to explain.

To put it mildy, I have a very keen sense of smell. This can be good and it can be bad.

It's good since I can diagnose a problem with my car long before it breaks down just because it smells different. Oh, and there was the time the freezer in the garage died with a turkey carcass in it. I could smell something was a bit off in the aromatic balance of my house for days until Don finally went in search of the offending odor just to shut me up. I won't go into the details of what he found but I will tell you that the freezer quickly made its way to the top of the driveway for trash pick up.

My over-sensitive nose can also be a curse because, well, let's face it...life stinks...and then I gag. For instance, when Maria first came home from Guatemala I had to collect a stool sample. It was quite an involved process which I had to explain to Maria...in Spanish. She was much more excited about the plan than I was. First I put plastic wrap on the toilet. (There are so many things wrong with that sentence.) Then Maria proceeded to make her, hmmm, let's call it a deposit. I then had to scoop it with a small plastic spatula into even smaller test tubes. This is when the gagging began quickly followed by vomiting (mine, not Maria's). This traumatized poor Maria so badly that for the next couple of weeks she would ask me not to throw up each time she had to poop. It really is a wonder she's adjusted so well.

Back to the rubber theme. For some reason pregnancy only heightened my already freakish sensitivity to smell. Some women have food cravings when they're pregnant but not me. I had smell cravings and I couldn't get enough of the smell of rubber. Like most obessesions it started out harmless enough. A quick sniff of a rubber ball or back of a mouse pad soon progressed into lingering strolls down the sneaker aisle at the local Payless and clandestine detours through the tire departments at Walmart or Sam's Club. I asked my OB what he thought. He was clueless and retired shortly thereafter. Maybe he'd finally heard it all. I thought labor and delivery would cure my rubber cravings. Not so much. Here I am 12 years post-partum and the obsession as well as the stretch marks remain.

Some of my family just roll their eyes at my quirkiness while others are my enablers allowing me a quick sniff of their tennis shoes before they wear them for the first time. Last year for Mother's Day, Zack bought me a little rubber tricycle tire! So imagine my glee when the dealership put 4 new tires on my car. It's like having the Sam's tire center right in my own driveway!

I could go on about my fedish but I think I've embarrassed myself enough for one post. And don't look at me like that. I know y'all have your own issues and idiosyncrasies. I'm just woman enough to share mine!

Simply stated: I think I've said too much already.

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

i walk down the tire isle and love the rubber smell i want to chew on the rubber i also love rubber bands i think i am strange and need a fix.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I thought it was just me. I remember the urge to smell rubber tires while pregnant. The thing is, my youngest is 16 and I can't stop. I'm trying to find out the hazards of rubber tire sniffing. I know it can't be good for you, but I just can't stop. Is there a group I could join? :)

Anonymous said...

This is amazing. I have the same craving for rubber smells -- tires, tennis shoes, rubber bands. But I've been that way since I was a little girl. I am in HEAVEN in a tire store! I have never heard of anybody else with this -- "fetish", shall we call it? :-) And I've always wondered if it had a medical or psychological root. Anyway, I was thinking about it today and I just googled "rubber tire taste" today and found your site on a whim. Fascinating.

Anonymous said...

This really is fascinating. I also thought I was the only one with this strange craving. Like the last person I Googled “craving for rubber” which brought me to this page. I’ve also been like this since I was very young. My favourite thing in the whole wide world has to be my rubber hot water bottle. I have it in bed with me every night just to cuddle and smell the warm rubber.

Anonymous said...

Thank God i am not the only one! I have always loved the smell of rubber and started chewing it during my first pregnancy. I have come on since then and now find myself eating it. Does anyone know if this is harmful as i can't stop

Anonymous said...

I am 25 weeks pregnant now and about a month ago, I walked down the shoe isle of the department store, only to find myself sniffing the rubber soled shoes.I founf myself in rubber smelling heaven..Yes ladies I too have a rubber fetish. I can't get enough. I went to a hardware store to buy about 10 metres of rubber hosing and I sniff if all the time...I fantasize about going into a tyre store -maybe i should. I think we should create a club called the "rubber dub dub club" -all the best to you sniffers and feel no shame!

Anonymous said...

Quote: “…..now find myself eating it”
Eating rubber sounds a bit extreme to me. I’m no dietician, but I can’t believe it’s good for you. I would stick to smelling it if I were you.
I do like the sound of the “rubber dub dub club” though. You start it and I’ll join. It’s reassuring talking to others who feel as I do about rubber. Makes me feel a little less weird!.

Anonymous said...

OMG This is unbelievable , I think for a second I am happy to find people with the same "craving" .
Oh I just love the smell of tires . My husband rides a bike to work everyday so he changes tires regularly , imagine me with the tire around my neck smelling it . It's very addictive , just thinking about it makes me wanna smell some . I have no idea what is wrong with me or I should say us , but the smell is amazing . I am glad to find a page like that to make me feel a little better , that I am not the only one . I also like the smell of gasoline , and permanent markers . OMG am I a junkie ? I wonder what will be next , pills smokes lines . Never done any of those . I only smoked cigarettes for good 19 years. Now I am smoke free 4 months and very proud of myself . Just to clarify , I did not get my urge for tire smell when I was pregnant , it was later after that . Gasoline all my life , just a little smell of it. If any of you found any information about what is wrong with us , please share . I'll do the same .

Anonymous said...

I am a rubber smeller too! I LOVE the tire aisle. I buy tennis balls just to smell them. I also have a mouse pad rolled up at work just for sniffing purposes. I love it when we get new tires. I've always loved the smell. It had nothing to do with pregnancy but I've noticed the older I get, the more I "crave" it.

Anonymous said...

This is amazing. I also thought I was the only one with a craving for the smell of rubber. In my case It has nothing to do with pregnancy, I'm male!!! My absolute favourite has to be the smell of a warm rubber hot water bottle.

Anonymous said...

Bicycle tubbing found at Wal-Mart for about $3 is the best rubber smell ever! I love it. You can cut it up into smaller pieces to chew on (after a quick wash) if you crave it. We seriously need to find out if we are missing an essential nutrient. You know this has to mean something other than we simply like it. The cravings are too strong.

Anonymous said...

Yep. Was googling why I have this recent heightened urge to chew rubber. I too loved the smell of the hot water bottle my mom had, and would chew on the rubber bathtub plug when I was little. I am wondering if it is a mineral deficiency?? Weird! But so fun to find out so many of you have the same fetish!!

Anonymous said...

Oh!! I just found something online that says that there is a name for our craving, and it is called "pica." The site I wnt to says it signals anemia--an iron deficiency!!

Anonymous said...

sometimes I casually stroll down the bike aisle at Sports Authority and lean down to grab a whiff. I also crave the smell of gasoline and I try to get it on my hands when I pump gas. Tar is also good and I LOVE to go to the shoe man! I'm so glad i'm not the only one. I always liked these smells but now I find my mouth watering at the thought of them.

Anonymous said...

I love the rubber smell too and have for like 20 years. I chew rubberbands all day long and even carry them around in my purse. My husband and children think I'm nuts because of this. I don't know for sure if this is the cause, but it seems likely- I am severely Anemic and I have a significant vitamin deficiency. I have to get I.V. iron and B-12 shots once per week. I recently read about Pica and kind of connected thed dots. I never discussed it with my Dr., as it was strange and embarassing, but I suspect this is the cause. So, just a heads-up, maybe get a hematocrit test done to be on the safe side. Maybe you can catch it before you end up like me. Godd luck! :)

Anonymous said...

After my pregnancy I began noticing this need to smell rubber. I really want to chew that smell. Sometimes I can't sleep at night becasue I am thinking about getting that smell. I feel like a damn junkie-crazy!! The craving has even expanded onto plastics and the musty smell of basements... I have been iron deficient in the past but I seem to be ok now. What the heck is wrong with all of us? Or is it just the smell that appeals to us? Maybe we do have a stronger sense of smell than others??

pugmom11235 said...

Hello fellow rubber junkies. I too, have the craving for the smell and sometimes the taste of rubber. I have always been this way. When I was a little kid, I used to smwll and chew on my rubber swimming cap with the floppy flowers on it. I am 51 years old and still love the smell of gasoline and tar also. I love to walk through my local R&S Strauss and inhale deeply as I visit the tire section. I don't think that we are wierd - and we certainlly are not hurting anyone. We just have an exotic sense of smell.

Tawny Owl said...

Oh my God! I don't believe all I have just read. How refreshing to know it's not only me. I've had this craving since I was a kid but I don't know why. Perhaps there is some psychological reason. I've always felt rather embarrassed about it but now feel a lot better. I don't believe there is anything physically wrong with any of us. We quite simply love the smell of rubber. Like one or two others above, my favourite is the smell of my hot water bottle.
It would be great if we could exchange our thoughts and experiences to try to cast some light on why we all feel this way. Click on the link to my blog page if interested.

Kimberly and Tyler said...

Wow! I feel the same way--I can't believe there are so many of us who have experienced this! I googled craving for smell of rubber during pregnancy and found this post. I have always thought gasoline, permanent markers, and payless have smelled good, but it wasn't until about the 7th month of pregnancy that I got CRAVINGS for rubber. I will be sitting at home and start thinking about the smell of tires or new shoes and it's so overwhelming! I want to smell them so bad! My husband is joking about getting me a bike tire for my birthday haha Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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Anonymous said...

Me too. I have a powerful urge to chew rubber bands; I finally forced myself to stop, as I suspect I've developed a sensitivity to Latex...and the overexposure to the rubber by chewing it may have caused it...

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I want to eat the tires in the tire section of Walmart, Costco, etc. I chew on rubber bands constantly - the stronger and more bitter the scent/taste is the better I like it. It began during my pregnancy three years ago when it was discovered I had an iron deficiency. I just did some Googling and learned that patients with the condition PICA who liked to chew rubber bands typically had an iron deficiency. I guess I need to have my iron checked. I also learned that women who have very, very heavy bleeding during their menstrual cycle (me) are prone to this form of PICA - lots of bleeding = low iron. Glad to know I am not alone in my rubber addiction!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to know that I am "normal" in the sense that I too love the smell of new rubber tires and rubber bands. To be in a tire store is just a little piece of heave to me.

Anonymous said...

I am 39 weeks pregnant and fill up the hot water bottle just to smell the rubber! I am not anaemic or iron deficient though, just love the smell. When I was small my grandparents had a pub and they'd catch me lying on the floor sniffing the new dartboard mat made of black rubber. I love new books too. Smell can be just as pleasurable as taste. I find it comforting x

Anonymous said...

It's called Pica. I love the smell of new tenny shoes and sometimes old tenny shoes. I now buy new tenny shoes just to pull the rubber from around the entire shoe, cut it up into strips and chew on it till it's not chewable anymore. Tast just the way it smells but more intense. I've also done rubber bands but quit because I figured out I liked the powder on them and figured that was probably poison.

Anonymous said...

Finally! Someone like me! I began salivating whenever I saw a tire commercial when I was going through my first pregnancy. My poor sons couldn't even keep the rubber soles on ther Converse sneakers, because I sliced at it, washed it and chewed it until they had no soles left. My thing now is vacuum belts. IF it smells strongly rubbery, it is dessert to me.

Anonymous said...

Im so glad to find out that Im not the only person who love the smell of new tires and rubber. Im 39 weeks my doctor told me I had a iron defiecieny and when I did work I would go to the rugs area and smell rubber mats and carry it all around the store, I often catch myself goin to PayLess pretending to buy shoes just to smell the scent of rubber its like my own little piece of heaven lol and dont get me started on my frequent trips to Discount tires, the automotive section of Walmart I just love the scent of rubber its like a natural high for me.

Michelle said...

Wow, well I'm also glad I'm not the only odd ball out there that relishes that new rubber smell, and will slow down when they walk past tires or new shoes lol, my husband is gracious enough to amuse me by giving me rubberized items to sniff till I've been satisfied.. ha ha! Thank you for being honest and giving a home for all of us rubber fanatics a chance to feel a bit normal in this uptight society of ours!

Anonymous said...

OMG...my family thinks Im weird but I too love to sniff shoes, tires, rubber bouncy balls etc. I have kidney failure and I am very anemic...glad to know this may be the reasoning behind my " rubber" addiction!

Anonymous said...

Wow!! Here's another rubbery person! I was sure I was the only person that did this. I'll go in Walmart and pay 16 to 20 bucks just to buy a bike tire, cut it up into small pieces and chew on them. It's really really bad I carry the pieces everywhere I go, work, shopping even while I watch tv or before dinner! I'll chew on these for hours. I'm terrified to find out what harm this is causing me.

Anonymous said...

Hi i arrived here through google search, i see this blog post was created 4 years ago. What was the search? 'i like to chew on rubber bands' lol. I've always loved the smell of rubber and i just love to chew it. It just feels so.... right. Never told anybody since i know the kind of jokes that would follow. Im surprised and glad at the same time that im not the only one. There has to be a scientific explanation for this.

Anonymous said...

I chew on pen/pencil erasers, rubber bands and shoe gear nubuck eraser bar( the older brand). Anything that smells like rubber. This sucks!!!!!!!!!!! I need iron pills

Anonymous said...

This post made my day! Thank you for sharing. I am almost as many years postpartum as you are, and I still am craving the smell of rubber. It started in pregnancy, and it is the one symptom that never went away. (That and the overwhelming desire to hold my "babies"). My son just put a new mouse pad by the computer. I am loving it! I just Googled to see if there was something I am missing in my diet, and came across your post. I know it has been some time, but thanks again. Take care! EKW

rhonda1964 said...

You have no clue what finding this site means to me, AND to my husband who was standing with the nut catcher net in hand! I am 48 and going through menopause and that itself has about took me over the crazy line! But then I begin to crave new tire smells! I don't go to the store to shop anymore, I go to sniff tires, any tires! I don't chew rubber but my mouth definitely waters at the smell of tires and new shoes! Do any of you crave ICE? For many months now, I can't get enough ice. I buy it in quantity and go through maybe 10-12 32 oz tumblers a day. Anyway, thank you all for sharing your private lives so to make others not feel so alone!

rhonda1964 said...

Oops, forgot to mention that I did find out I am anemic and have low iron, so perhaps that is the reason for the cravings...

37 weeks said...

I am pregnant and have these same cravings. Ive found that some new shoes have this brown insert.. kinda looks like an the material from an egg carton or maybe paper meche(or however you spell it) but it taste exactly as if you were tasting the smell of a new shoe, if that makes any sense. Also i like the smell of freeon in a/c... and some old musty cars. My boyfrirnd recently went mudding and the a/c in his truck smell kinda like mud.. i love it.

Anonymous said...

Out of the closet at last!! It's the beginning of 2013 and this thread started in...what, 2008? I've never been pregnant, but in the past I've several times had a serious iron deficiency. What a great project this would be for an MD. Or maybe an MD who is a psychiatrist! I've gotten picky over the years and my rubber of choice (for chewing but not swallowing) is Staples #84, 3.5inch rubber bands. It's much more elegant to say "bandes elastiques No 84"...must be sold in Canada also! The smell, the taste, the tire stores. I couldn't keep having my oil changed just to sit in the tire store!! LOL. We're all nuts and I'm glad for the company.

Anonymous said...

Ok, this is so weird! I thought I was the only one! I feel like I almost feel calmer when I smell new tires or new rubber shoes! Can't get enough. I go to the shoe store and start sniffing. My kids think I'm crazy. My boyfriend was trying to buy work boots and he asked me a question and the salesman caught me sniffing the bottom of muck boots! Embarrassing. I wanna find rubber scented candles. Scentsy should come up with that. Their weathered leather smells awesome!!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! I can't believe what I'm reading here on this blog!

I seriously thought I was the only person who had such STRONG cravings for rubber. But, I've never been pregnant - I've always had that in me. On the same token, I've had some iron deficiency issues too. Kinda makes sense now.

I literally get so excited when I find a Payless shoe store. I run in (not even interested in shoes) just for the intoxicating smell of the store! I'd live in there
if I could. I feel like biting into the cheap soles of the shoes.

Tire aisle in Walmart is a hot button also. Love cheap plastics also.

Anonymous said...

What can I say that hasn't already been said. I too thought I was the only person in the world with the rubber fetish. Mine is so bad that I chew rubber bands the way smokers smoke cigarettes. I need a chew at least once a day. I am trying to break the habit because I believe it is unhealthy. I fear that I could develop some lung abnormality. I too love the smell of tires. Mouth waters at the smell. I don't make special trips to the store however. Chewing calms my nerves. I have iron deficiency and hypertension. There has to be a connection.

Anonymous said...

If there was a candle that smelt of rubber, I'd buy them all. I love walking in Discount Tire!

Anonymous said...

I am 32 weeks pregnant and absolutely obsessed with the smell of rubber, I obsess over it 24 hours a day and have had the few chunks - naughty I know. So nice to know im not alone.

Anonymous said...

I love the smell of new shoes, tires, rubber door mats and rubber bands etc.... everyone thinks I'm nuts but I love it. I cut up the black rubber mat's so I can have small pieces to smell. I love going to Sam's just to walk by the tires it get's a little embarrassing when the sales person ask can they help you.
lol happy to know I'm not alone

Jack Faktor said...

My wife is hooked to the smell of new tires/rubber. I catch her late at night sneaking to the garage to sniff our son's bike tire. She fantasizes at work about eating her mousepad.

Doing some reading about it I learned most women love this smell which naturally led me to a search for a cologne that uses it; there are MANY.

The most famed is Bvlgari Black (bottle is even designed with a black rubber "tire" around it, lol). It rocketed to recognition when Angelina Jolie stated it's her all-time favorite fragrance; thinking she's a rubber-lover as well? It's a unisex frag, highly recommend it.

Anonymous said...

This has to be a deficiency in something...just want to know what. I chew on Office Depot brand Size 64 rubber bands DAILY. Pregnancy increased the rubber cravings. I love the smell of rubber bands, new tires, new tennis balls, anything with NEW rubber. I almost want to swallow the rubber bands but I'm already afraid just chewing on them is releasing some kind of harmful chemical. Would LOVE to find out why I want to just consume rubber.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the info...recently i've adopted this craving...thought maybe it was because of my teeth decaying...its not so much of me wanting to chew on rubberbands or rub them across my tongue its like i have to...the one thing i do find incrediably strange and most irritating is when i walk into a place of business and there are rubber mats on the floor my keen sense of smell immediately connects with my sense of taste and i start chewing because of the air smells like rubber...i thank GOD u all are in this site because now i know i dont have a strange illness that is secretly killing me...i am 50-yrs old this started about 7 mos ago...i really would like to find some help to stop...i am not ashamed nor worried what ppl would think i just dont like it...its nothing i was born with i just find it strange for myself PERSONALLY Therefore i really just dont like to do it at all...most times i can control it other times i just dont want to...this info ive found is priceless i feel very hopeful ALREADY....GOD BLESS U ALL THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THE INFO....cej....

Anonymous said...

I just bought me a new pair of slippers today and voila! I cam across this blog. After days of longing for the smell of rubber slippers, I satisfied myself in buying one. At first too I thought there must be something wrong with me. I love it so much that I can actually taste it and my throat tightens. Although I am not yet sure if I am pregnant. Could I be pregnant then?

Anonymous said...

Oh I'm so happy to know there are other people like me, also. I'm not pregnant, but I crave the smell of rubber. New tires are the best! When we go to Walmart, I get my husband or kids to watch for people while I sniff the tires.....lol! They think I'm crazy but they humor me anyway. My husband bought me 2 tire tubes & put them in Mason jars for
me to preserve the new smell & I love it!!! He promises he's going to buy me a little tricycle tire for my birthday....lol! I also love rubber balls, rubber bands, rubber floor mats, etc. I have loved this smell since childhood. I don't eat or chew on rubber but there's just something satisfying about the smell. I too have been iron deficient in the past. It's such a relief to finally know I'm not alone.

Anonymous said...

Just add me to the long list of those who crave the smell of rubber.My memories go back to my earliest childhood when my mum would put a hot water bottle in my bed at night.I still find the smell of my hot water bottle so comforting. I think someone should start a "love the smell of rubber" site! Any volunteers?

Alicia Phillips said...

I just got new tires on my Jeep and the cat is out of the bag lol my hubby now knows my secret! Hi my name is Allie and I love the smell of rubber and love to chew on rubber bands.

Anonymous said...

I was told that there is formadelhyde in rubber products. I have substituted my 'rubber smell' addiction with smelling peppermint oil, it is strong and relaxing.