How To Remove Stains And Smells From Plasticware


Many people love the convenience of using plastic containers with lids to store leftover foods or to take lunches at work. However, the last thing you may want is that your Greek yogurt to taste like the leftovers from last night’s dinner. Furthermore, have you ever tried to clean those stubborn tomato stains from plastic containers? That’s a very tough job, you can rest assured!

If you are like most people, you may not want to buy new plasticware all the time. This means you’ll have to keep yours nice and odor-free for as long as possible. The following tips will help you clean plastic food containers with lids to get rid of all stains and odors.

How To Deodorize Plastic Food Containers

Eating grapes or berries that taste like fish or meat isn’t anything to look forward to. But this is exactly what you’re going to experience if you don’t know how to clean your plastic food containers to eliminate all odors.

This is what you’ll need:

– Dishwashing liquid

– Hot water

– White vinegar (distilled)

– A soft cloth (microfiber works best)

Clean your plasticware with dishwashing detergent, and rinse it with hot water as usual. Fill the cleaned container with vinegar and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Discard the vinegar and wash again the container with hot water and dishwashing soap. If the smell persists, repeat until you get rid of it completely.

How To Clean Tomato Stains From Plastic Containers

To start with, you need to be aware that you won’t be able to clean tomato stains in plastic containers that have been microwaved. The heat will bake tomato residue into the plastic walls of your container, making them impossible to clean. If you want to avoid such problems, always store your marinara or other tomato sauce-based foods in glass containers.

If you haven’t popped your container into the microwave, you can use lemon juice or baking soda to clean the stains, as described here, below.

This is what you’ll need:

– One juicy lemon

– Sunny weather

Scrape all food leftovers from the container and rinse it well. Cut the lemon in half and rub its pulp over the problem areas of your plastic container. Squeeze some juice over the stains and keep rubbing the walls with the lemon. Let the container sit in the sun for about one hour, in order to allow the lemon juice to dry. Next, wash your plastic container as usual and see if you’ve managed to remove those tomato stains.

How To Clean Stains From Your Plastic Food Containers With Baking Soda

Baking soda has multiple uses in a household. It can help you clean your kitchen countertops and your silverware, but also get rid of stains from plastic food storage containers.  

This is what you’ll need:

– Baking soda

– Water

– A small pot or bowl

Start by cleaning all food debris from your container.

Mix the baking soda with a little water, using your pot or small bowl. The mixture should have a thick paste texture.

Use your fingers to spread this mixture over all stains on your plasticware.

Let it sit for about one quarter of hour. Remove the paste with plenty of water.

Repeat the procedure until the stains are gone.

Wash the container as usual.

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