Friday, July 26, 2013

Parenting MegaFail

Ever wonder what would happen if you left your child's lunchbox at school for a week and a half? With food still in it?

Wonder no more. I'll show you. 

The first hint of trouble was the mold growing on the OUTSIDE of the lunchbox. Uh-oh... 

There are even different colors of mold growing.

Ah-ha. The leftover yogurt is the culprit.

Mold under a container and on the spoon.

Fuzzy mold in the corners.

Hmmm, that looks like a lot of mold IN the container...

There's definitely some ON that container...

The mold created its own seal. The picture doesn't quite capture the fuzziness of the growth. 

It grew to fill the whole container.

It fell as a solid clump into the sink.
There was a rational reason for leaving the lunchboxes there, but I won't get into it right now. Needless to say, I won't be repeating that science experiment. I doubt you'll be, either.

The scrubbing worked. They're clean! The lunch boxes are useable again! Sometimes it pays to be a cheapskate...


  1. That yogurt had blueberries in it, right? Because I've never seen plain yogurt bleed like that. :) Science is cool and I'm glad you're not scared to introduce your kids to microbiology at an early age...but I really hope that lunchbox can be run through the wash machine or dishwasher.

  2. Ewwwww....that is so nasty! I had to throw out one of C's bibs (and bleach two more) because they had mold growing on them. The teachers put the dirty bibs in plastic baggies and I failed to grab it on a Friday...come Monday there was a whole ecosystem in there!