Make Your Plastic Food Containers Last Longer

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Every household should have plastic food storage containers – they are portable, convenient and don’t break easily. However, they tend to get stained easily especially when you store food that is acidic or contains brightly dyed substances – you definitely have faced the never-ending scrubbing after keeping pasta with tomato sauce in your containerIn order to prolong their lifespan and make your plastic containers look presentable for longer, read on and check our advice below!

  • Always wash the container with hot water – no matter if you are planning on washing it by hand or tossing it in your dishwasher you have to perform at least superficial rinsing with hot water. There’s no need of explanation how to hand-wash your container – use dish soap and hot water. When dealing with extremely greasy containers better absorb the greasy coat with a paper towel beforehand. If you decide to run it in the dishwasher, it is recommended to put the containers on the top rack and add a plastic booster in the dispenser before running it on a normal cycle. However, you should be careful with throwing plastic containers in the dishwasher – some of them can’t handle heat and sometimes their lids no longer seal tightly.

  • Many people neglect the fact that they should be wary when using the microwave to reheat food in the plastic containers. Some of them are made of plastic that can be easily damaged when exposed to high temperatures. Most of the containers are labelled as ‘microwave safe’ but you should be careful because some can degrade. Transfer your meal to save yourself the hassle of dealing with melted plastic container. Have in mind that even if your Tupperware is microwavable re-heating them is what sets the stains on your container. The same goes when you store your hot leftovers – make sure you let the food to cool down before storing it. Act smart and you will have one less chore when performing your regular domestic cleaning – nobody likes to spend hours scrubbing stains!

  • How to avoid stains on your plastic containers? An easy way to prevent your Tupperware from staining is to apply cooking spray first. Spray a thin coating of cooking oil on the inside in order to create a layer between the plastic and the food. Doing this is highly recommended especially when you store intense-tinted food like meatballs with tomato sauce or carrot puree. However, have in mind not to use the flavoured cooking spray as it will change the taste of your dish. Another way to prevent stains is by lining the container with aluminium foil – you can do this if you don’t plan on microwaving the food. You will be able to lift your food right out and toss the foil without having to deal with nasty residue left behind.

  • What to do when your containers are already stained? You are advised to make a mild bleach solution and soak the Tupperware in it. Make a diluted solution combining one tablespoon of chlorine bleach with a cup of lukewarm water – pour it directly into the container making sure the stains are covered in the solution. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and after that give the container a good scrub – use hot soapy water and make sure you rinse it thoroughly.

  • Another option is to use rubbing alcohol – this common household item does miracles when it comes to cleaning around your house! Rubbing alcohol works effectively on coffee, tea, tomato-based and other intense-coloured food such as baby purees. Using a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol rub the stain and wash it with warm water and detergent. If the stain doesn’t disappear pour some rubbing alcohol in the container and lets it sit for about 10 minutes. An extra tip that professional end of tenancy cleaners shared is that rubbing alcohol can make your stainless kitchen appliances sparkling – apply some rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth and wipe them. You will see how fingerprints and other common stains disappear – why don’t you freshen your kitchen appliances while you are waiting for the rubbing alcohol to work on your Tupperware and get rid of the stubborn food stains? Kill two birds with one stone!

  • How to deal with smelly food containers? You are not going to be surprised but baking soda can help you – this natural deodoriser can be sprinkled and left for few hours. All you have to do next is to wash the container. Another option is to rinse your Tupperware with vinegar after you have washed them in hot water and dishwashing detergent – pour some white vinegar in them, let it sit for about 2-3 minutes to remove the unpleasant odours and rinse thoroughly after that. If you don’t like the idea of using vinegar because its smell is just as distasteful, you can try placing crumpled newspaper inside of your container and snapping on the top. Store the newspaper overnight and in the morning you will see that the odours are most likely to be gone. Wash your container with some warm water and dish soap afterwards.

We all know how convenient plastic containers are – follow our advice mentioned above and you will see that your container will be in top shape for longer!

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