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How to Remove Stains and Odors from Plasticware

The plasticware is best for storing food. Whether packing lunch for school and office or storing the leftovers, the plastic containers with lid are the most convenient way to keep your food fresh. But, would you want today’s berry yogurt to taste like the day before yesterday’s taco meat? Are you tired of the tomato stains in your plasticware? As the plastic containers are used extensively to store food, they catche odors and stains over the months of use. Here are some of the ways to remove stains and odors from plasticware that you may try to increase the longevity of the plastic containers.

Remove Stains and Odors from Plasticware Using White Vinegar

Plasticware breakfast plates are easily manageable.

None of you will ever find it amazing if a berry in the mouth tastes like tuna or cumin. Won't you? But if you don’t know how to remove stains and odors from plasticware, you will have to face the same terrible experience. How to deodorize the plasticware?

You will need white vinegar, microfiber cloth, hot water, and dishwashing liquid to deodorize the plasticware. Firstly, clean the plasticware using a microfiber cloth, dishwashing liquid, and hot water as you do for cleaning any pots and pans. Then, pour vinegar and fill the plasticware. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Discard the vinegar and wash the plasticware again with hot water soap. You may repeat the process if the odor still persists.

Remove Stains and Odors from Plasticware Using Lemon

It is not possible to get rid of the tomato stains from a microwaved plasticware container. Wondering why? It is because the heat in the microwave bakes the tomato sauce and stains your plastic container. It is always better to use glassware to heat in the microwave instead of plastic. If you haven’t microwaved the plasticware then, lemon is one of the best options to remove stains and odors from plasticware.

Lemon has several uses. You can check a few in an article on creative uses of lemon on our blog. For removing tomato stains from the plasticware with lemon, first, you need to scrape all the food from the plastic container and rinse it. Next, cut the lemon into two halves and rub it over the discolored areas in the container. Keep rubbing it on the stains by slightly squeezing in the juice. Let the juice dry up in the sun so, place the container outside for an hour or till juice dries up. Finally, wash the plastic container along with its lid and see the difference.

Remove Stains and Odors from Plasticware Using Baking Soda

Plasticware tiffin box for school.

Like the lemon, the baking soda also has several uses in mohe cleaning. From cleaning silverware to kitchen countertop and stain removal, baking soda works wonders. To remove stains and odors from plasticware using baking soda, wipe out all food remnants from the plastic container.

Make a thick paste by mixing water and baking soda in a bowl. Then, apply the paste on the stained areas of the plastic container with your fingers. Leave the paste on the stains for around 15-20 minutes and later rinse it with water. Repeat it as many times needed until the stains are completely gone. Then, wash the plasticware as you usually do and see if you can find the changes.


You may also use charcoal or rubbing alcohol to remove stains and odors from plasticware. For more tips, you may keep an eye on our website in the blog section. There are several tips, ideas, and hacks that you may try for cleaning purposes.


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