14 Smells From Your Childhood That Are So ‘90s It Hurts

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If there's one thing that can instantly take me back to my childhood, it's the smell of chlorine. It was supposed to protect us from all the pee in the pool and burned my eyes with the fire of a thousand suns, but it's never mattered. The instant I smell chlorine, I'm suddenly a kid again. What are some of the smells that remind you of growing up in the '90s? Reddit recently came together to reminiscent about their favorite scents from days of yore, and it's going to give you all the feels.

There could be a very specific reason why smells in particular trigger memories. According to Psychology Today, when you smell something, that scent is first processed by the olfactory bulb, starting in your nose and heading to the bottom of your brain. The bulb is directly connected to your amygdala and hippocampus — two areas of the brain that are heavily involved in emotion and memory. Here's the really cool part: this connection only happens with smells. Visual, audio, and tactile experiences don't work with these same areas of the brain. This could help explain why smells are so powerful in reminding us of something from our past. Fascinating!

It's not just chlorine that jogs my memory. Here are 14 '90s smells that remind Redditors of fond times.