Do Monkeys Stink? By A Squirrel Monkey Owner

Do Monkeys Stink?

Do Squirrel Monkeys Pee On Their Hands?

Why do people think monkeys stink? This is a question I get asked a LOT on YouTube. I think I get asked even more so than most monkey owners because of the mannerisms squirrel monkeys are most known for. If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about….it involves urine. Yup……that’s right. Squirrel monkeys have a natural mannerism to urinate on their hands and then wipe it not only on themselves but also their surroundings. This is called scent marking. But the real question is, does it stink?

Does It Stink?

In short, yes it sure does, but there are many ways to help control the stink. When I handle Ollie I don’t “smell” him or think he has a foul smell at all. Maybe that’s just me but to me he just smells like a monkey. It’s neither a good nor bad smell. His blankets on the other hand are a completely different story.


Laundry is not one of my favorite house hold chores in general, so washing urine, monkey poo, and left over food particles is not a chore I want to do everyday. For the longest time I wouldn’t even allow Ollie’s laundry into my new washing machine! One reason is I didn’t want to break my new machine Luke just bought, and another is I found myself having to wash Ollie’s stuff more than one cycle with a lot of detergent just to get the smell neutralized. After many months of weekly trips to the laundry mat and a lot of money wasted doing so, I discovered Earth Breeze.

Is It Pet Friendly?

When I jokingly posted on my YouTube Community tab that this was the BEST thing since sliced bread, I was really only half joking. Earth Breeze is a liquid-less, vegan friendly, cruelty free, hypoallergenic, laundry sheet. Think dryer sheet but slightly smaller in size. Say goodbye to the large plastic bulking bottles, liquid mess, and wasting laundry detergent! These little sheets come in two different scents. Fresh scent is the one I use for Ollie’s Laundry and let me say ONE sheet does the job and leaves Ollie’s laundry clean, and smelling….well not like a monkey in only ONE cycle! The other option is a fragrance free sheet. Not only is this a way more cost effective option, but it’s also one that is pet friendly and environmentally friendly as well. Right now they are offering 40% OFF which makes 30 loads of laundry $12. You really can’t beat that price for a clean product! Be sure to check out yesterdays post Monkey For Sale: Buying A Pet Monkey.

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