Dirty Liquid Soap

Dirty Liquid Soap

 

What’s in your refillable soap dispenser?

 

More than a year ago, a bought a cute bathroom accessory pack. This included a shower curtain, matching hand towels, a tissue holder, and, yes, a refillable soap dispenser.

 

Bathroom Set

 

I used the same store brand liquid soap for years. It was inexpensive, anti-bacterial, and the fragrance not too harsh. Win-win all the way around, right?

 

Store Brand Soap      Clean Liquid Soap

 

Wrong. After more than a year of simply refilling said dispenser, one day it happened. What should have come out with the standard golden color and thick consistency, had turned runny. I emptied the soap into a glass and found this.

 

Dirty Liquid Soap

 

There are only a few articles that resulted in my Google search on “bacteria in liquid soap”, and they centered on commercial properties, but here’s one.

I’d always presumed that anti-bacterial soap could not grow bacteria. My house, while not white glove clean, is guest-ready at all times. So, this took me by complete surprise.

There are four soap dispensers in my house. You can be your sweet self that each and every one has been emptied, the pumps and canisters bleached, and, should I choose to keep them for another year, they will be on my list of spring cleaning henceforth and forevermore.

When’s the last time you cleaned your soap dispenser?

Role Models

I watched a video from Buzzfeed this morning, titled “Change The Way You Look At Women” and it left me perplexed. The basic idea presented tells us not to look at the gender, as a whole, the way the advertiser’s present them to us. That we should “look around” at the everyday women for our inspiration.

To this I would like to say…

Well, duh.

Do we, as adults, need to be told that our children require better role models than those found on the cover of a glossy magazine, or on billboards, or even television? Really?

Perhaps it’s due to the fact that I am now fifty-four years old, have raised two fine men, and recognize a true reality of life; as a species, we like to look at pretty things. Mountains, the ocean, a sunrise/sunset, and yes, a pretty girl. Or even a pretty boy.

This does not mean, generally speaking, we would tell our children to look to the pretty ones as a measure for what we should look like, or (Good Lord!) how we should behave. All good parents already know this to be true.

I believe it is okay to buy the things the pretty ones are selling. Mascara, clothes, a good wrench. However, I don’t believe we’re “being told” to emulate those who represent products.

And it’s nothing we, as good parents, would ever tell our children.