Ammonium Sulfide Stink Bomb Instructions

June 9, 2008 at 7:38 pm 18 comments

Friday was the last day of school for my kids. To commemorate the event, I posted a couple of safe recipes for stink bombs on my site and gave them permission to make the stink bombs as long as they did it at home and not at school. The recipes I posted are a little different from what you would get if you buy a stink bomb at a store that sells pranks and tricks. Those stink bombs usually release ammonium sulfide, as opposed to a hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg) or assorted sulfurous compounds (burning hair and rubber). You can make ammonium sulfide yourself, but it’s not a particularly advisable project. If you do proceed with this project you need to heed the safety precautions on the bottle when using ammonia (i.e., don’t intentionally breathe it; work in a well-ventilated area). Also, be aware that commercial stink bombs only release a very small quantity of diluted ammonium sulfide (1-2 ml). While ammonium sulfide stink bombs, like rotten eggs, are relatively safe, ammonium sulfide can be toxic and flammable (here’s an MSDS).

Ammonium Sulfide Stink Bomb

  • 20 matches
  • 1/4 cup of household ammonia
  • knife
  • jar
  1. Use the knife to scrape the material from the match heads into a jar.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of ammonia.
  3. Close the jar and allow the mixture to sit undisturbed at least a week.
  4. Open or smash the jar to release the stink.

Ammonium Sulfide Safety
Did you read the part about toxic and flammable? Ammonium sulfide and hydrogen sulfide (formed when the ammonium sulfide is released into air) are toxic in relatively low doses. Don’t use this sort of stink bomb in an enclosed space. Don’t make or use this stink bomb anywhere near a source of heat or flame. Ideally, only use these instructions for informational purposes. I consider this project to be something worth knowing, but not something I would do. So why post it? Because you’ll find the instructions elsewhere on the internet without the warnings. Hopefully if you read mine and decide to proceed with the project, you’ll at least use safety precautions. Ideally you’ll see why it’s better to just throw a rotten egg or buy prank stink bombs.
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  • 1. lurking chihuahua  |  June 10, 2008 at 3:03 pm

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  • […] certain firearms. You should know how it is made for historical reasons if nothing else. As with my ammonium sulfide stink bomb, if you decide to try these instructions yourself, use proper safety precautions. Be advised that […]

  • 3. crazy  |  July 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    you can also use a plastic bottle with a hole in the lid instead of a jar

  • 4. Frank  |  November 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Hello my name is Frank Charles . I wanted to make a stink bomb with sulfur to make it smell like rotten eggs and put it under my maths teachers chair in the middle of lesson! would be so funny . Give the class a laugh for once as well because we all like really hate the teacher so will be sooooo funnnnny! Well any way the, other day i went to Rome . I wonder if stink bombs exist in Italy ? i would love it if you sent le an e-mail and tell me how to make a stink bomb with sulfur and stuff . well cya xx

  • 5. Momof4  |  December 27, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Can’t wait to make this and put it in my husbands truck. He is always farting and blowing it over for the rest of us to smell!! Can’t wait to get him back!!

  • 6. Brandon  |  January 29, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Ha thank you very much for this recipe.

    I just finished making it and I am letting it set.

    Wish me luck.

    • 7. Luke  |  March 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      did it work?

  • 8. jamie  |  February 21, 2009 at 11:24 am

    r u from binweevils

  • 9. michael  |  August 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    good fun but trick shop ones a bit week thay used to stink very bad i am a older prankster gives me a good gigale let one go in boots brent x snottey bastards haha

  • 10. chris  |  October 7, 2009 at 2:17 am

    were go you get ammonia

    • 11. Scott MIsture  |  November 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm

      umm…at a store!!!!

  • 12. chris  |  October 7, 2009 at 2:18 am

    email reply or instructions email is

  • 13. alex  |  December 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    i want something simple

  • 14. me  |  February 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Chris that is my gmail?

  • 15. buster  |  July 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    my farts smell worse than that……………

  • 16. Nick  |  January 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Thank for the information. This will pass sometime when depressed lol.

    • 17. Nick  |  January 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      With the matches. is it ok to use Oven matches than Ciggarette matches and would the ammonia quantity change?

  • 18. Manny Ortiz  |  April 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I accidently brpke a small glass bottle of ammonium sulfide in my attict..and spread to my room..what do i do…? i in danger..?..because i breathed some..??..please reply back asap..thanks manny


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