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Second hand Lego with shit in it. Literally. WWYD?

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JesusInTheCabbageVan Mon 21-Dec-15 15:19:25

We bought a huge box of Lego for DS for Christmas a few months ago on eBay. Had a quick look inside at the time and it seemed fine.

I got it out today to wrap it and noticed that the blocks were a bit grimy, so filled the bath with hot water plus a lot of bleach and spent a good long while stirring it round, then took it out and left it on a clean duvet cover to dry.

While sifting through it I found quite a lot of detritus - fluff, sweet wrappers, chewing gum, a dead battery, a drawing pin hmm... By this point I was less happy but thought at least I'd sorted out all of the nasty stuff.

Then I found two small 'nuggets' of what was unmistakably shit. I know, unfortunately, because I smelled it. Either human or cat/dog is my guess.

So now I'm just fucking disgusted. It's been dripping all over the carpet upstairs and touched god knows what else. I've been sorting through it with my bare hands all day. DH thinks it will be fine if we give it all a good clean again, but I feel sick at the thought of DS playing with it. I want to at least contact the fucking animal that sold it to us and try to give it back to her, and get our money back.

In this situation, would anyone consider keeping it? I am just not looking forward to giving it to DS now. Feel horrible.

LyndaNotLinda Mon 21-Dec-15 15:22:23

Oh god that's grim. If you bought it a few months' ago, it's probably too late to return it isn't it?

I'd see what the ebay rules are. I'm sure it'll be fine but totally understand how you feel sad

RNBrie Mon 21-Dec-15 15:23:01

Do you have a dishwasher? I'd run it through that so I know it's all properly clean.

But yeah I'd probably keep it and be a bit cross about it. I really doubt you'll get anywhere with eBay after a couple of months have passed.

GreatFuckability Mon 21-Dec-15 15:23:46

Eww that's grim. But given a good cleaning it'll be fine.

MsJamieFraser Mon 21-Dec-15 15:24:11

put it in beach, over night and scrub with a old tooth brush, yes it disgusting. but I personally would keep it after a good old bleach

GloGirl Mon 21-Dec-15 15:24:14

Bin it. You'll always think of it as the lego that someone has shat on and in all conscience if you feel that way about it you couldn't give it to anyone else.

Bit of bleach and a toothbrush and toothpicks I'm sure it'd clean up but not really sure how much it is worth second hand, could you afford to chuck it and get another bag?

Sounds like it will always make you feel a but queasy and angry and I don't like to have things like that in my home, life is too short.

whois Mon 21-Dec-15 15:25:28

It's grim but unless they said it had been washed there isn't much you can do about it. Just chuck it through a dishwasher cycle or in the washing machine (in a net bra bag obviously not loose).

Elllicam Mon 21-Dec-15 15:25:39

Yuck sad I would at least email her to say, how disgusting

TurnOffTheTv Mon 21-Dec-15 15:26:01

Soak it all in bleach in the sink, then put it in a colander with lots of boiling water over it.

DifferentCats Mon 21-Dec-15 15:26:33


I suppose technically it could be cleaned, but it can never be so from your memory.

Have you got the time/cash to get new lego?

FadedRed Mon 21-Dec-15 15:27:58

Put it in an old pillowcase, tie the top and put it in the washing machine at 60 degrees with some detergent, preferably bio, with a bit of bleach on the prewash or fabric softener. That will get it clean and kill any germs.
However if you still don't fancy it, and just looking at it might remind you of how disgusted you feel now, it would be reasonable to donate it to the charity shop or resell.

VegetablEsoup Mon 21-Dec-15 15:28:16

after a good rinse I would put it in a pillowcase and wash in the washing mashine.
lego purists might scream but they probably didn't have to deal with a box full that a toddler has puked into...

FadedRed Mon 21-Dec-15 15:29:59

Alternatively put it in the bin.

ProcrastinatorGeneral Mon 21-Dec-15 15:30:18

Thirding the washing machine trick, the number of times our duplo has been through the machine is unreal.

slicedfinger Mon 21-Dec-15 15:30:20

I've also cleaned it very effectively in the washing machine. Very noisy, but very clean afterwards.

HeteronormativeHaybales Mon 21-Dec-15 15:34:19

If you've soaked it in bleach (which tbh I wouldn't have done... the residue won't be healthy) then it is unlikely to still have actual germs, but I certainly wouldn't be giving it to my kid. Chuck it, wash the duvet cover on a hot wash, give the carpet a bit of a scrub, fire off an email to the seller and tell her you expect a refund plus the cost of new Lego (due to the short time left until Christmas) or your rating/review or whatever it's called on there will contain exact details. Take pics for proof.

AutumnLeavesArePretty Mon 21-Dec-15 15:41:05

I'd bin it. I never buy second hand for this very reason, you have no idea what things have touched or what they carry. Everytime I looked at it I'd feel ill after that.

JesusInTheCabbageVan Mon 21-Dec-15 15:44:57

Thanks for all the tips.

Personally I would rather get rid of it, but DH is (a) frugal and (b) ultra-rational.

Worst thing (well, all of it's the worst thing really, but still) is that when I found the first bit, I accidentally brushed it against my top lip while smelling it.

I know this wasn't exactly foreseeable, but I just keep thinking: DH and I are going to spend well over a day in total between us washing, drying, disinfecting etc. We could have just done an extra day in work each, and used the money to buy some nice new clean Lego. Bloody hell.

MyCarHasBrokenDownAgain Mon 21-Dec-15 15:45:57

Another one for the pillow case/net bag and shove in washing machine. DS was prem so we had to be very careful about germs at the start, I used to do this with loads of second hand toys, especially megablocks etc. We never had a problem!

Emmawemmawoowah Mon 21-Dec-15 15:46:08

Disgusting but I would bleach it all all again in boiling hot water and then run them through the dish washer jut to make sure.

Did you take pictures of what you found?? It may help if you open a case against them. Definitely contact them and tell them exactly what you found. The drawing pin alone could've been dangerous!

CheshireChat Mon 21-Dec-15 15:55:25

Doesn't it knacker your washing machine though? I know it's not recommendable to wash shoes in it.

carabos Mon 21-Dec-15 15:55:45

Bin it.

pocketsaviour Mon 21-Dec-15 15:56:52

Ewww, gross, but I'd go with washing in the machine, in a bag.

Have you already left feedback on eBay? Is it over 60 days since you bought? Unfortunately if it's over 60 days then Paypal won't be interested, but if you haven't left feedback then a conversation with the seller might get you a partial refund at least.

SecretBondGirl Mon 21-Dec-15 16:00:06

Washing shit covered Lego in one's dishwasher is beyond grim shock

EponasWildDaughter Mon 21-Dec-15 16:06:32

I'm not sure i'd trust swishing about in water or bleach, no matter how hot, to be effective in getting out bits of shite stuff stuck in lego. And washing machines and dishwashers do just swish the water. It would need manual brushing to get properly clean IMO.

Anyone who's had the joy of Plastercine being stuck up inside their DCs lego bricks will know this.

(therefore i'd be chucking it)

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