Plastic containers are used by virtually every mom on the planet and we all are familiar with the horrible staining problems. If you use these plastic containers for pasta, tea, Kool-Aid or any other acidic type thing you can turn white plastic all kinds of colors. Getting those stains out is not nearly as tough as you might think, provided you know how to do it.
How to Remove Stains from Plastic Containers:
The first thing you want to do is figure out if your container is dishwasher or microwave safe. Most flimsy plastic containers are not and will not be worth trying to remove stains. Once a flimsy plastic piece is stained you might as well go ahead and toss it. For others, you will want to start by washing it in hot water. Don’t burn yourself, but you certainly will want to get it hot enough to really soak it in. Use soap and handwash it once you get it soaked good. Then run it through the dishwasher on the top rack one time. Now that you have it clean, wipe it totally dry and set it to the side. It is now time to try several different methods of getting rid of the stain.
The first thing I try is to bleach the item. Make a mixture of one part bleach to three parts water and soak the dish in it for half an hour. Make sure you use rubber gloves and that you do this outside to keep from harming yourself. Once it has soaked, wash it down and rinse it well. Put it under hot water and scrub again.
When bleach does not work, try using two tablets of Efferdent denture cleaner. This stuff works through oxidation and it works fantastically. Just put the tablets in water and let the fizzing action work on the stains. You will be surprised at how strong this stuff can be.
Baking soda is another great option but it is not always strong enough to take out the deep seated stains. Certainly you can try this with some vinegar as a back up. Vinegar and baking soda are two of the greatest cleaners that you can get.
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If you try all of these things and you still have a stained plastic container, then you probably have a pretty old item that is beyond fixing. Go ahead and throw the old thing away because it is time to replace it with something new.
Let us know, Do you try to save your tupperware or toss it when it gets stained?!