Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Container

Let's say one day you bring your lunch, which is either potato salad or pasta salad or some kind of a rice and bean dish, to work in a nice reusable plastic container. Then say you eat your lunch but you never rinse out the container because you are just going to wash it when you get home. But only you forget and leave it in your car.

For two weeks.

In July.

When you find the container, you notice that there is something growing in it that does not resemble rice or potato or pasta. Do you just throw the container out? Or do you clean it and reuse it? What do you clean it with?

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

throw it away!

SciFi Dad said...

It depends on the cost of the item and your susceptibility to illness.

If you get sick a lot or if it was cheap, toss it. If it wasn't cheap and you are likely to be alongside the roaches after armageddon, use some boiling water and antibacterial spray, followed by a run through the dishwasher.

Anonymous said...

cue the Red Hot Chile Peppers.

Throw it away, Throw it away, Throw it away now.

Patience said...

That thing is so in the trash!!

Valerie L said...

Throw it away!! I wouldn't want to smell the odors that would emerge from that thing if I dared to open it up!

Effie said...

if it was a cheap container, toss it, if it was a tupperware--get it replaced--they do that, or if it was expensive otherwise, boiling water with a touch of comet or ajax then into the dishwasher!! (I've done something that seemed as bad--tomato sauce that went moldy in the fridge--I left it and left it and left it, fearing the smell, and I managed to salvage the container!)

Bogart in P Towne said...

If you really want to have some fun, you could harvest the growth and make homemade penicillin.

Michelle said...

Throw it in the dishwasher. If it comes out with ANY residue/color/reminents of the growth, throw it away. Otherwise continue to use it. Just be nice to Lauren & put it in the dishwasher yourself so she doesn't have to touch/smell/look at that nasty stuff!

(My word verification: subduckj)

James said...

Put it back in the car. It could get even more interesting.

eclectic said...

Oh please DON'T put it in the dishwasher and get those nasty bits all over the rest of the dishes!! Ugh! Please, I know that our landfills are full and all, but I think there's a "good and noble person who still cares about the environment" classification reserved for someone who has to throw away something that's really, really icky.

April said...

Been there. It's definitely trash material.

Charity Donovan said...

OMG.....MEN!!!!!! =)

Barb said...

Wash the container? You mean you thought maybe LAUREN would wash the container? Nice try. She will throw it in the garbage.

AFlowerWithoutAName said...

I'm not one for wasting money but sorry, it goes into the trash..

Mama-Bear said...

THROW IT AWAY!

Wifey615 said...

I throw it away, I work for a company that produces these, so for me, the missing container is not missed.

Pamela said...

Let me just say that I love love love Dawn Power Dissolver. I would save the container only because I can use Dawn Power Dissolver on it.

I bought a nice 3 year old white Amana side-by-side refrigerator with water/cubed and crushed ice on the door for $50.00 because it was spray painted by the guy's children. You know what got spray paint off? Yeah, Dawn Power Dissolver.

My dippy kid wrote on her bright pink comforter with a black sharpie. Dawn Power Dissolver and a little bit of scrubbing. Like New.

April said...

Throw. It. Out. There is not enough bleach in the world to eliminate the amount of doubt you will have about killing all that was growing within.

And I keep forgetting to tell you that I LOVE THE NEW LOOK!!!

James (SeattleDad) said...

I would wash it out and use it again, but throw out the brush.

Erin said...

Yeah, pitch it. It's not worth the gross to clean it.

Carmen said...

Dude. Throw it out. Nothing on this earth short of maybe one biiiiiiiilion dollars would make me take the lid off of that thing.

Melodie said...

I would wash it out. But I'd rather fix than buy new. I would use some really hot water and soap - let it soak. Repeat. Then into the dishwasher.

Amy Genn said...

Heck, no, I wouldn't reuse it. That would mean I'd have to open it and smell the stench!

I'd toss it. Fast.

:)

gigglepotamus said...

you ruined another container??? you are officially demoted to aluminum foil.

Anonymous said...

"Better safe than sorry" Throw it out! Why would you even ask? Yuk !! momo9

Michelle said...

trash. and apologize to Lauren for ruining her containers. again.

April said...

If it was a disposable container, throw it out, if it was a nice one, I have put them in the freezer for a day or two (unopened) till it froze (then it doesn't smell when you open it) and it all comes out when you dump it out. Then you bleach the heck out of it and throw it in the dishwasher!

Jeremy and Becky said...

Hubby is guilty of it like nobody's business - and I have a magnet on my fridge that says "If it walks out of the refrigerator - let it go"... Good advice!

Aurelia said...

CHUCK IT OUT!!

Smug said...

Totally toss it! It is not worth cleaning you dude, you could not pay me enough to even open it!

Whit said...

Plant it. See if it will grow.

Tracey said...

Throw the dang thing out. It is not worth trying to clean it. And if you do "clean" it everytime you use it afterwards you will wonder if it really is clean.

Anonymous said...

I'd wash and reuse. I don't like spending money to replace those things, especially now when money is tight.

Besides, the stuff that grows in there usually can't survive a hot soapy water soak and a dishwasher run (I disinfect counter sponges by either tossing them in the dishwasher or wetting it and microwaving it for three minutes. Which also steams up the microwave softening all the spattered food so that it can be wiped out without having to use any cleaners). But you didn't ask how I clean my microwave...:)

amonkeyslife said...

This is why I only buy the el-cheapo containers that cost a whole 50 cents to replace.

I 2nd the "throw it out NOW" crowd, but I've also done something similar and cleaned the container. So if you aren't prone to projectile vomiting due to horrid stench, go for it. Otherwise...totally not worth saving!

Melinda said...

I personally don't like throwing out good containers.
I would open it up outside and rinse it out well with the garden hose. Clean with hot soapy water and then soak it in bleach for at least 1 hour. Then...I would freeze the container as this usually will get rid of residual odors. Then...it would get put through the dishwasher.
I bet you don't do this. It's not a man thing.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I throw it out.

With a vengeance.

rudecactus said...

If you're me (which I'm assuming you're not), you toss it. Far away.

PaulaW said...

Wash it the regular way (by hand at my house, maybe you have a dishwasher) and then put coffee grounds in it (about a tablespoon) put some HOT water (just from the tap is fine) shake it up (hold the lid on, it will build a little bit of pressure) and then let it sit for an hour or so (no you dont have to keep holding the lid). I use this all the time to take the smell out of my plastic dishes.

kalki said...

See, I would totally scrape it out, wash, and reuse, but maybe that's because this sort of thing seems to happen to us a lot. (Especially in the fridge....so many things get shoved to the back and end up being discovered months later.) I figure that's what the dishwasher's sanitizing cycle is for.

takm96 said...

I destroy the evidence before my wife finds out.

Roger said...

Unless it's a precious heirloom, I'd toss it, at a McDonald's drive thru garbage can, in the next town over, just to be safe.