One to the top January resolutions should be to clean your plastic food containers.
Yes, we want to reuse plastic items, especially our containers that fit so perfectly into the fridge or the lunchbox that has accompanied you to work forever. But they get stained and often a bit smelly, especially when they have been left too long before cleaning.
We certainly don’t want to throw them out when they start looking a bit grubby; we just want to give them a good clean so that they are good as new.
Every mom or homemaker will have you a different answer if you ask them what is the best way to clean plastic food containers. So we’ve gathered a few of the methods and will present them to you to try out to find out what works best for you.
The Crumpled Newspaper Method
No one’s really sure why, but crumpling up newspaper and stacking it into smelly Tupperware overnight has been known to finally get rid of the odor. Just make sure to thoroughly wash your containers after the fact, as newspapers aren’t exactly clean.
How do you Whiten Plastic Containers?
The white containers easily show stains. The diluted bleach method works well.
- Make a solution of water and bleach, using one tablespoon of bleach per cup of water.
- Let the containers and other items soak in the solution for one or two hours.
- After the stains are gone, wash the containers thoroughly, rinse, and dry.
- Remove stains (and odors) with baking soda.
Cleaning with Baking Soda
Simply make a thick-ish paste of warm water and baking soda and rub it into the inside the container. Leave it for a few hours; wipe with a sponge and then rinse it out thoroughly and repeat. Continue until no stains remain and the container smells fresh.
Cleaning Stained Plastic with White Vinegar
If you want to clean a few plastic containers at a time, this is a good way to do it.
Fill the sink with a 50/50 solution of warm water and white vinegar.
Place all of the plastic items in the water, and let them soak for 1 hour.
Scrub the items one at a time with a wet cleaning rag until cloudiness is no longer evident.
Rinse the plastic with clean warm water.
How to Remove Hard Water Stains From Plastic
Dip the edge of a cleaning cloth into a dish of pure white vinegar.
Wipe over the hard water stains, using circular buffing motions to get rid of the marks.
Dip a toothbrush into the vinegar and scrub hard stains that are not removed with the cloth alone.
How to Clean a Plastic Bucket
And last but not the least, seeing we are discussing cleaning plastic containers, it is time to get all those grubby and stained buckets and give them a good clean.
One of the easiest ways it to use hot water and dishwashing liquid with some baking soda to get the worst stains off the plastic.
Start off by adding four large squirts of dishwashing detergent to the bottom of the bucket and add about 10 cm of hot water.
Then, fill the bucket to the top with hot water and pour 1 cup of baking soda over the water surface.
(You can also use a little bleach)
Let it stand for about an hour.
If the stains are stubborn make a paste with baking soda and use a sponge to scrub it into the plastic. This works very well for oil stains.