I wash dishes often with expencive fairy liquid. Allso I keep sink and dish accessories clean and hygienic as possible. Allmost all my dishes smell horrible and I have tried several tricks to get the smell out.
It is probably your hot water supply which is causing this. Such wet dog smells can often be a problem especially if you have a typical large copper cylinder hot water tank. You cannot normally notice the smell in the water itself, but after washing dishes the smell becomes noticeable on the dishes as they begin to dry. You can check whether this is the cause of the problem in your case simply by washing your dishes once again using only cold water from a running cold water tap and using a clean piece of kitchen roll. The smell on the dishes should disappear after performing a thorough cold water wash. If this turns out to be the case then you may be able to minimize the problem by turning up the thermostat on your hot water cylinder to its maximum value for about 12 hours or so and then run the hot water until it begins to go cool. Then turn the thermostat back to a value which is maybe ten or more degrees higher than you usually have it.
I was about to start using only disposable dishes. I was at my wits end and could not stand the awful smell any longer until I found an answer on a forum somewhere that has actually helped. The answer was something like this.....It is certain dishes that have have not been properly sealed or coated or treated or something and after many uses and washings begin to smell terrible when wet...I am not 100% on the words they used but it was something like that. Anyway, I stopped using any dishes I thought may be contributing, souvenir mugs, cheapie coffee cups, some ceramic dishes and have noticed a significant improvement. I want to thank that person for posting their answer but can't remember where I saw it. I am posting this answer in hopes it helps someone else and because I am so grateful to have found a solution to a problem that was really making my crazy!
Im from New Zealand and I have this problem of the wet dog smell too. We have tried and eliminated everything suggested and the smell is still there. We moved house and went from living rural on tank water with a filter, to town with mains water and the problem is still accuring. We have had 2 new dishwashers and a couple of crockery sets, cutlery and glassware during the last 6 years as well as a new hot water cylinder but the smell continues. I'm at my wits end too and trying to find an answer is as rare as hens teeth. Someone somewhere must have an answer.
I believe it is indeed dish related, though perhaps the water source is relevant too. I had a novelty glass with an NFL logo on it where I smelled it. Tried to wash it out with cold water, still stunk when drinking water. Tried another plain pint glass out of same dishwasher load, no problem.
it seems to only happen in the warmer summer months. I have checked out everything, i thought maybe there was a dead animal in the water supply but the city says that can not happen. It is not glass or ceramics, or hot water tank,because we get it out our cold water tap too. The only thing I can think of is some kind of alge in the air or water in summer. anyone else have any more ideas?
I have this same smell. I wash up with hot water and liquid. If I dry these straight away and smell them they smell of that stale smell that you get from clothes that have been left in the washing machine too long after the cycle has finished. This happens with pans, cutlery, glasses etc. In fact everything.
My solution is to wash with hot water and liquid but then rinse thoroughly with cold water and then dry. Smell gone. If you don't rinse thoroughly a faint smell will still be there.
My partner has the same problem and she lives 40 miles away. This solution works for her too.
I can only conclude it is something in the hot water because it happens with pots and pans too.
We need a chemist to work out what is going on.
It's from egg yolk. Yolk makes everything smell. When you've finished eating egg, wash the egg crockery and cutlery separately from your other dishes, first in cold soapy water, then rinse in hot water with a generous splash of vinegar. Don't put an egg plate in the dishwasher - it will make everything in the dishwasher smell.
I bet it is your check valve it is probably a single change it to a dual check valveThis is the valve that is installed after your water meter it prevents your toilet and discharge water from back feeding into your running water .Mine stunk for years and I changed the valve because our meter went bad and the borough required our old single to be changed to a dual check valve and now no more stinky water.
The odor is caused by the bacteria & yeasts colonizing in the leftover water vapor. Sometimes the bacteria & yeasts are present in the water itself, sometimes they come from nature through airborne propagation. The odor is stronger in fibrous materials where they can build a colony faster and more efficient due to shelter & hyphae.
*Ways to remove them & prevent them from growing on your stuff.
1. HOT WATER. Bacteria & fungi cannot survive being boiled. Run your dishes under scalding hot water and place them somewhere where they can dry before "wild air" has a chance to get to them. Do not leave laundry in the washing machine, hampers, ect. Your skin oil & other proteins in your dirty laundry are food for these bad smells. When your laundry is finished remove it and dry it immediately.
2. Rubbing Alcohol. Bacteria & fungi cannot survive contact with 70-91% rubbing alcohol. Drench or wipe with alcohol and quick dry.
3. Antibacterial Soaps, Bleach, & Peroxide. - Follow steps 2.
4. Direct Heavy Sunlight. Kills and prevents bacteria & spores.
Basically if you kill what is on the surface and dry it before any more can land on it, they can't form a colony and cannot create bad smells.
this is one of the most annoying things!
So let me tell you that this is the 3rd country I currently live in and experiencing the same smell on clean ceramic dishes (after they dried) and the sink too. I was experiencing it in my childhood home (bothering my mom a lot about it), experienced it when I moved alone and switched countries and still experiencing it on the dishes at my workplace, the same way as I experiencing it at home.
I always change the washing sponge in a regular basis (2 weekly) and keep the sink clean, always weekly washing it through with Dettol but still the smell on the dishes remains. And it is the same old smell!
I am washing the dishes in fluid hot water and clean them with cold.
Rationally thinking the only explanation is that somehow there remain some bacteria on the plates that, while the dishes dry, proliferates and cause the bad smell.
I do eat a lot of chicken in the ceramic plates.
Interestingly though I don't have the smell neither on my plastic food containers nor my wooden chop-board.
It only affects the ceramics, the glasses and the inox steel cutlery.
My sister doesn't have it (but she remembers the smell clearly at my parent's kitchen). I asked her and the only thing she does differently is that after the she takes the dishes out from the dishwasher , she wipes them dry with a clean kitchen cloth.
So I will try to do the same, maybe that helps. I'll come back here with the results. :)
I can be washing the dishes in clean hot water with fairy liquid and half way through I can smell the doggy smell - I usuallly then just change the water - I am not washing pet bowls either - the window is not open as someone suggesting that causes it? sometimes I open my dishwasher and can smell it. I do not know what the cause. My son has taken to putting his dishes in the oven after washing to make sure the smell is not on them.
I have noticed this for years and it took me a long time to figure out. It happens if you open a door/window. For some reason fresh air reacts with anything glass, ceramic or metal and gives them the weird fishy/wet dog/ metallic smell. It doesn't matter if you use dishwasher, hand wash, air dry or towel dry. The key is to keep all windows and doors closed until the dishes are put away. If you enjoy outdoor eating then you're out of luck, use disposables! I've also noticed that the inside of my dishwasher will even take on this smell if I have it open and someone comes in my kitchen door. It happens immediately. There is nothing worse than drinking a glass of milk and someone opens the door and your glass immediately turns rotten!
Dishes that are left to dry on their own or dishwashers set on economy mode which also leave dishes to dry on their own will attract this rather unpleasant smell. The only way to remedy this is to finish off the dishes with a tea towel once they have drained or as you remove them from the machine.
I suspect it is a certian type or types of stainless steel that causes the wet dog smell. I battled that smell for a while and then one day figured out it was our knives.. so they got tossed and the wet dog smell disappeared. Then roughly 6 months later I noticed it again.. this time it was a stainless steel mixing bowl that was the culprit. Today I was eating Wild BIll jerky. The jerky is hung on steel hooks in the making and as a result, made my jerky taste like wet dog smells, right around the hook hole.