Here we go again. Just when I think I have a handle on a lot of every day things something pops up to show me not to think I'm so smart. Since I never heard of this I thought I would pass it along so no one else has to experience it.
I guess for the past 2 weeks or so I wondered what was up with my bathroom sink. The new one was installed about the same time so I thought it might be something to do with that. Any way it seemed like when I turned on the hot water this horrible smell would surface, sort of like a sour sewage smell. Sometimes it was there, sometimes not, but it was always when the hot was turned on. The hot in my bathtub and kitchen don't smell so I was kind of puzzled.
It dawned on me tonight it actually corresponds to when I am washing my hands (which is basically most of the action that hot water gets in that sink) and since I use a different cleanser when I do my face...well time to see if it's that soap.
It was. I have a pump container, ceramic, not see through. I have exactly the same liquid soap in my kitchen sink dispenser, from the same original bottle of soap and they were both filled the same time about a month ago, but when I opened that ceramic container (which came from Linens & things so this isn't home made or anything and is glazed inside and out) I nearly fell over from the smell. It's antibacterial, clear gel type soap that looked normal coming out of the plunger but when I emptied it into the sink there were layers of white and black thick moldy stuff coming out of the container too. It was gag worthy in look and smell.
I don't know what other people do, but I've always just cleaned it out with hot water and then filled it again. No problems ever before as the cap goes on and doesn't come off again until it needs to be filled again but that's it for me and soap containers that aren't see through. I've just never seen liquid soap do that before.
What makes me really wonder is how does an anti-bacterial soap grow mold and especially one that smells that bad? How does a glazed ceramic end up doing it either? I've seen normal bar soap go icky which is why I use a pump to start with. Meanwhile the stuff in my kitchen is still fine, no ick in it at all (and it's in a plastic container so I can see it's still fine) so I'm just guessing as to what happened with that container or the soap in it.