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Plastic food containers that come with lids are very convenient for taking your lunch to work and storing leftovers. However, one thing you don’t want is for your Greek yogurt from today to taste like that leftover taco meat that you had for lunch a few weeks ago. have you ever attempted to get rid of tomato stains from a plastic food storage container? What a nightmare that is!

Plasticware does not grow naturally, so you probably want your containers to stay smelling good and looking nice for as long as you can. We have three tips to help you clean plastic food containers and their lids that helps you do exactly that!

How To Deodorize Plastic Food Container

It is definitely no fun to pop a berry or grape inside of your mouth and discover that it tastes like tuna or cumin. That is exactly the kind of terrible experience that you will encounter if you do not learn how to eliminate odors from plastic food containers.

Items you will need

A microfiber cloth

Distilled white vinegar

Hot water

Dishwashing liquid

Wash the plasticware the way you usually do with hot water, dishwashing liquid, and a microfiber cloth.

Fill up the container with vinegar and then allow it to sit 5-10 minutes.

Empty out the vinegar and then wash your container once again using hot water and soap.

Repeat the steps above as many times as necessary until the odor is gone.

How To Clean Tomato Stains From Your Plasticware

First of all, it is very important to understand that you cannot eliminate tomato stains on plasticware that you have microwaved. The microwave’s heat literally bakes in the tomato sauce as well as its residue into the plastic food storage container. Due to that, it is a very good idea to save your leftover sloppy joes or marina sauce in glass containers instead.

If you have not microwaved your container you can try to use baking soda or lemon juice to get rid of the stains.

How to Use Lemon To Clean Your Plastic Food Storage Containers

Whenever life gives you lemons, tomato stains can be removed from plastic food storage containers!

Items you will need:

A sunny day

A lemon

Scrape or rinse off all of the remaining food from your containers

Cut your lemon in half

Take the lemon and rub its fleshy side over the areas of plastic that are discolored.

Squeeze a bit of juice over the stains and then work in those using the lemon.

Set your container outside for about an hour in the sun, until the lemon juice dries.

Wash your containers and lids like you usually do.

Use Baking Soda For Cleaning The Stains From Your Plasticware

There are many household uses for baking soda, ranging from shining silverware and cleaning kitchen countertops to even lifting stains out of plastic food storage containers.

Items you will need:

A small bowl


Baking soda

Wipe out all of the remnants of sauce and leftovers from your container.

Mix together some water and baking soda in a small bowl. Form a thick paste out of the mixture.

Spread the paste with your fingers over the stained parts of the plasticware.

Allow it to sit for around 15 minutes.

Rinse away the paste with water.

Repeat steps 2-5 as necessary.

Wash your container as you usually would.

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