The use of plastic containers and other plastic-ware is indispensable. From storing vegetables to leftovers, these small plastic boxes can save space and preserve food for an extended period of time. But there is a downside to these plastic boxes – cleaning them. Plastic has the stubborn property of latching on to odors unless thoroughly cleaned. Similarly, stains are particularly difficult to get rid of in a plastic container especially if they have been on there for a while.
Nonetheless, nothing is impossible and in this short article, we’ll show you exactly how to clean up your plastic-ware.
Removing the Odors from Plastic
Plastic can retain smells for a long time and you’ll see that happen if you don’t clean your containers properly. You might feel a hint of the tuna you stored in the box last week in your newly cut vegetables. Not only is the smell distasteful but it also completely ruins the flavor of the food you’re storing in the plastic containers. To adequately get rid of these pungent odors, you’ll need to use deodorizing techniques. This can be done from the comfort of your home if you follow the following steps.
Wash the plastic container thoroughly under warm water. The water shouldn’t be boiling hot but it should be to the hotter range of warm. Use dishwashing liquid to clean any food remnants in the box and use a microfiber cloth to dry the box. Once this is done, add white vinegar to the container until it completely fills up. Vinegar might not have the best smell on its own but it acts as a potent deodorizing agent that can take out the odors from your plastic-ware. Leave the vinegar sitting in your container for about 10 minutes. After this waiting period, empty the container and wash the plastic box with warm water and dishwashing liquid again.
If the smell remains, repeat the process until the odor is completely eliminated.
Baking Soda and Lemon to Clean Stains from Plastic-ware
Baking soda and lemon are both two cleaning agents that have been employed in DIY cleaning over and over again. You can also use these two items to get rid of those pesky food stains from your plastic containers and boxes.
Cut a lemon or lime in half and rub it on the stained areas of the plastic container. You may want to squeeze in some juice on to the more discolored areas of the container. You will then need to place the containers in a place where there is direct sunlight. Lemon acts as a whitening agent and coupled with sunlight it can effectively remove food stains from plastic.
Alternatively you can make use of baking soda mixed in water for removing food stains from plastic. After thoroughly cleaning the container with water and soap, apply a thick paste of baking soda mixed with water on to the discolored areas of your plastic-ware. Let the paste sit for 15-20 minutes before you wash it with warm water. The steps can be repeated if the stains fail to fade away.
Knowing how to clean your plastic boxes and containers is important. Since plastic isn’t biodegradable and not particularly environment-friendly, you want to invest as little as you can in it. If you know how to clean your plastic-ware properly, you can make sure it lasts for a long time so you won’t need to buy more anytime soon.
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