If you own plastic Tupperware it is likely you have been left with tomato sauce stains and odors that refuse to be washed away. Even the highest quality plastic storage containers are not immune to the dreaded tomato stain. While there are chemical removers available on the market, we like to stick to non-toxic cleaning methods. Here are a few tips.
- After washing, make a paste of baking soda and vinegar and apply to the stained area for several minutes. When done, wipe and rinse with clean water.
- If the stain still remains, the same method can be used creating a paste of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide. Let sit for several minutes then rinse.
- For stubborn stains we can use the all natural bleaching effects of lemon and the sun. Simply rub lemon juice or the cut side of a lemon on the stain and set outside in the sun for several hours. Repeat as necessary until the stain disappears. Wash as usual.
- No matter what method you choose, never use an abrasive sponge or cleaner to try to scrub the stain away as this will damage the container even further.
How to prevent tomato stains on your plastic containers
- Avoid putting hot food in plastic containers. Always allow food to cool down in a glass container in the fridge before you transfer the contents to the plastic one.
- Spray the plastic container with some cooking spray or olive oil before adding contents to further protect from staining.
- Never, ever microwave red sauce or the like in your plastic containers. This will pretty much guarantee a stain will be left behind.
By following these simple tips you will ensure your plastic containers remain clean and stain free!.