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I believe I am in a minority on this so genuinely want to know if IABU, also warnings that it is trivial, no this isn't the most important thing I have to worry about

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StealthPolarBear Sun 31-Mar-13 10:13:48

In general, would you get something out of the kitchen bin and put it next to something you're about to eat. Is that actually OK and it's my "bins are full of germs" hysteria that is making me feel a bit queasy?

SilveryMoon Sun 31-Mar-13 10:15:49

I wouldn't.
What is it you want out of the bin and why would you put it next to food? There'd surely be somewhere else you could put it?

sydlexic Sun 31-Mar-13 10:16:00

I absolutely definitely would not.

UptoapointLordCopper Sun 31-Mar-13 10:16:01

I won't. I feel queasy just reading this. What is it that's been fished out?

LetMeAtTheWine Sun 31-Mar-13 10:16:02

YANBU. It is rather a horrible thing to do.

EstoyAqui Sun 31-Mar-13 10:16:46

I would not get something out of the bin to eat. The bin is where we throw dirty tissues. For that reason alone I wouldn't.

SirChenjin Sun 31-Mar-13 10:17:03

It would depend how long it had been in the bin for and what it was. If it was literally a 30 seconds or less, and it wasn't a food item, and it hadn't been next to something rank then I might (I'm quite lax, as you can see!)

Anything else, then no

TobyLerone Sun 31-Mar-13 10:17:04


Why would you? I won't even put anything in the bin without washing my hands afterwards, so why would I fetch something back out of the bin and put it next to my food?

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 31-Mar-13 10:17:20

grin I bloody LOVE your disclaimer. You know you'll still get that one arsehole who will do the whole tsk thing, don't you? grin

I don't think germs can leap from one item to the other, so I'm fairly sure you're safe. wink Depends what it is. If it's something stinky or slimy then that might put me off.

Of course, if you went delving in your bin and then picked up your food - you're a bit minging grin but I assume you wash your hands.

What is it?

TheOneWithTheHair Sun 31-Mar-13 10:18:29

Depends on the state of your bin, what you've rescued and how long it sits next to your food.

Details please Stealth.

Smooshy Sun 31-Mar-13 10:18:38

Depends what it is and what else is in the bin. If the bin just had wrappers in then I wouldn't be too bothered, if it was full of days old food then that would be crap.

SneakyNinja Sun 31-Mar-13 10:20:30

I'm gonna need details here.....

KatieScarlett2833 Sun 31-Mar-13 10:20:35

My kitchen bin is a carrier bag so would depend on whether it was empty or not smile

UptoapointLordCopper Sun 31-Mar-13 10:20:49

We have a little pot that takes the peelings and things to the compost bin. I have fished things out of there before and gave them a wash and then cooked them (eg when accidentally chucking carrots in instead of peel when on auto-pilot). But not bin ... Come to think of it the bin is probably quite clean since food waste is disposed elsewhere. Hmm. So

Question 1: What type of bin?

Question 2: What thing is it?

Tee2072 Sun 31-Mar-13 10:21:38

Well, I don't fish things out of my bin, so it must be quite important to have done that.

But, as Hec said, germs can't jump, I don't think.

Thisisaeuphemism Sun 31-Mar-13 10:22:01

Doesn't particularly bother me but I'm filthy- dh however would become hysterical and drop dead of salmonella placebo or something.

OhDearieDearieMe Sun 31-Mar-13 10:23:17

Is this really all you have to worry about?


Oh, and yes, I probably would. I probably have. No fear of germs here and never sick. That'll add me to someone else's arsehold list no doubt! grin

StealthPolarBear Sun 31-Mar-13 10:23:28

OK so opinion is divided which is making me feel better.
We were at MIL's yesterday (and this is not a MIL thread because I know my own, hygiene obsessed mum does the same sort of thing). DS had a party bag. One of the felt tips from it had its nib pushed in so I'd thrown it in the bin when tidying up. He was upset so MIL fished it out of the bin and put it back in the party bag - next to his kitchen roll wrapped cake.
Normal bin - food scraps, used tissues, that sort of stuff.
But I hate bins. I can't use them in public unless I don't actually have to touch them. I wash my hands after emptying them, and aftetr wheeling the wheelie bin to the end of the drive. Other people do not seem to share my obsession and yet still appear to be living, breathing and not ill all the time grin

OhDearieDearieMe Sun 31-Mar-13 10:23:39

Arsehole ffs. What is an arsehold?

RainbowsFriend Sun 31-Mar-13 10:24:05

As our bin normally just has food wrappers in it, and the odd bit of kitchen towel - and no meat wrappers as we're veggie - so our bin is actually pretty clean - as clean as the cupboards the food gets put in anyway! So yes I would unless there was something else in the bin - like a visitor's nappy I suppose...

Our food waste bin and compost bucket are the disgusting ones that I wouldn't retrieve stuff out of....

TobyLerone Sun 31-Mar-13 10:24:37

I'm with you, SPB. Bins are gross.

StealthPolarBear Sun 31-Mar-13 10:24:44

Sorry just to clarify, I wasn't around during the felt tip drama and wasn't aware it was going on. MIL didn't know the felt tip was useless, and assumed it had been put in the bin by accident.

And so I called her a cahhhh, head butted her, stabbed her with the blunt felt tip and we went on our merry way grin

RainbowsFriend Sun 31-Mar-13 10:25:12

x-post - in that case I would be upset as it had food scraps and used tissues in - that's a bit minging

TheOneWithTheHair Sun 31-Mar-13 10:25:41

I think he'll be ok. Failing that. Throw away the cake and give him an Easter egg. He won't miss it! grin

Tee2072 Sun 31-Mar-13 10:26:28

Well, just so long as you didn't over react or anything, SPB.


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