Happy “unofficial” start of summer! Time to master keeping Tupperware clean and odor free.
With the celebration of Memorial Day and summer in the air, starts the season of barbecues and summer celebrations (Small family & friend gatherings). These mean leftovers, which means storing foods. Tupperware are the storage of choice because they are easy to store, economical, and come in so many sizes and shapes.
While versatile and inexpensive, Tupperware also tend to absorb smells! You can “test” if this is happening to you by taking a sniff to the drawer/cabinet you store your Tupperware in. It’s not a “bad” smell, its simply the smell of spices and condiments that have been absorbed by the plastic.
Here are your best options for cleaning and storing your Tupperware:
- Rinse them with vinegar. After washing your containers with hot water and dish soap, fill them with white vinegar and let them sit for at least three minutes to remove icky, lasting smells. Then, pour out the vinegar and wash again with soap and water.
- Remove stains (and odors) with baking soda. For pesky smells, make a thick-ish paste of warm water and baking soda and rub it into the inside the container. Let it sit for at least one day, then rinse it out thoroughly.
- Use your trusted bleach: For stubborn stains, mix a quarter cup of bleach, a drop of dish soap, and some tap water. Pour it all in the container and toss it in the microwave for about 40 seconds, or until the liquid starts to bubble. Pull the container back out, let it stand until the water is lukewarm. Then give it a good washing with soap and a sponge, or a run through the dishwasher.
- Second bleach option from a former Tupperware salesperson: Soak in a sinkful of water, 1 cup bleach, and ½ cup vinegar for at least half a day. Overnight is best. Then rinse and set it out in the sunshine for at least a day.
- Wash them on the dishwasher’s top rack. If placed on the bottom rack of the dishwasher, plastic containers may come into contact with the washer’s super-hot areas, causing them to melt and warp. Place them on the top rack to avoid shape-shifting during the wash.
- Store them with a pinch of salt. The salt absorbs smells. Just remember to rinse out before using for storing!
- Store with crumpled newspaper inside containers. Again, rinse before using.
Our House Cleaning company wishes you to enjoy the summer staying safe and healthy. Stick to SMALL gatherings, with trusted and responsible attendees..
Ingrid & the Mint Cleaning Team