Cleaning Stains from Plastic

Tomato sauce and other products can leave noticeable stains on plastic containers. This is a guide about cleaning stains from plastic.

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To clean stains out of bowls, leave bowl sitting with white vinegar in it. Leave it for a few days, then rinse and wipe out.

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    I clean our rubber spatulas in the dishwasher. They now have been bleached in spots. Is there a way to remove those white stains? Thanks.

    By Joyce S. from Dade City, FL

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    The white "stains" on your rubber spatulas are actually a removal of the dye color of the rubber in the white areas by the dishwasher cleaning agent. You can not remove the white area as it is not a "stain" but rather an absence of color.

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    Sunlight will remove tomato sauce type stains from plastics. Just place items in direct sunlight for a few hours around midday. It will bleach white laundry too.

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      How do you get tomato stains out of white bowls?

      By Michelle from Scipio, IN

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      I use bleach also if the stain is there but to prevent the stain in the first place, if I am storing leftovers in fridge that is tomato based, I first spray the container with cooking spray to prevent it from seeping into the container.

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      Ever use a rubber spatula on food items like spaghetti or tomato sauce and have the spatula get stained? Or ever use a plastic food container for leftovers which stained the container? I dreaded using my Pampered Chef white spatulas when I needed them for spaghetti. I also did not want to have my containers stained. Now when I have any type of food stains, I rinse and place the item outside when the sun is shining. Presto! After a few hours my items are stain-free and like new.

      By mfeld from Twin Cities, MN

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      My Tupperware has an orange stain in it from eating things like Spaghetti Os and Chef Boyardee. Does anyone know how to get these stains out?

      By Grace from Selinsgrove, PA


      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      I have tried half water and half bleach and then wash it really good and that seems to get them off. (11/27/2009)

      By farthead

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      I've had luck with dishwasher detergent. (11/30/2009)

      By castleberrycc

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      Put them outside on a sunny day. Can't remember where I read about this hint, but was probably on this site. Worked wonders on my tomato sauce stained Tupperware in one day of sun in Northern Virginia. (12/01/2009)

      By Kathryen

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      Lets say you made spaghetti in a white plastic bowl and has stains on it. (Left it in the fridge to because of the leftovers.) After you wash it and it still has the stains. Just sit it outside for a couple of days and let the sun hit it. The stain will be gone. Just rewash, because of dirt and debris. It does work. I just did it not too long ago.

      By dietvanilla from Shoemakersville, PA


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      I wonder if anyone knows how to get tomato stains off plastic. I cooked tomato rice in a plastic pot and know it is stained, any ideas how to remove it?

      Thanks,
      Wonderfulone from Hamilton


      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      I fill my plastic containers with half and half of water and bleach overnight and then wash thru the dishwasher and they come out spotless. (09/01/2004)

      By Suzanne S.

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      You can rub a light coating of liquid dishWASHER soap in the plastic container and let it sit. Product contains bleach so stains will come right out. (09/01/2004)

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      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      If using bleach doesn't help and the pan is white, you can put the pan in the sun for a few days. Seems to work like a charm. Next time, rinse your plastic ware in cold water first as plastic is porous. (09/02/2004)

      By Diamondee

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      One of the best things I have found to remove most stains is a paste of water and powder cleanser - let it sit for awhile and then rinse - works like a charm. The cream cleansers, such as Vim, etc., don't work at all, though. I recently had some indelible marker come off a package of thawing frozen food onto my light counter-top and it even worked on that.

      (09/05/2004)

      By CdnProf from Hamilton, too!

      Liquid Dishwasher Gel for Stains on Plastic

      Rub some liquid dishwasher gel on spaghetti sauce stains on plastic containers, high chair trays, plastic plates, etc. Let it sit for a while. The bleach in the gel lifts the stains.

      By Linda (10/26/2004)

      Stained Plastic Containers

      To restore stained plastic food containers, wash them and place in direct sunlight. The sunlight removes the discoloration.

      By truerblue (04/23/2005)

      By ThriftyFun

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      Instead of buying cleaner for colored stains on plastic, like tomato sauce, etc. I submerge the item in really hot water for several seconds before I put on the soap and then I wash and rinse in hot water again. It comes out like magic!

      By tiny bop (11/07/2005)

      By ThriftyFun

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      To remove tomato stains or any other stains from plastic containers use the following method:

      Take about 1 cup of bleach and add 3 cups of water. Place this solution into the container that is discolored. Leave in place for about 2 hours. Rinse well with plain water being especially careful not to let the solution touch or splash on your clothes. Happy bleaching.

      By joesgirl (11/07/2005)

      Denture Tablets

      Clean tomato sauce stains from your plastic containers using hot water filled to the top and plopping a couple denture tablets in.

      By Rhonda (11/07/2005)

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      Well, whatever you do, DON'T use bleach to remove the tomato sauce stains from your Tupperware! It may remove the stains "like magic" but your container is porous and the will suck in the bleach, which doesn't rinse off easily! It also ruins the finish of the container, so next time you do the same, it will REALLY discolor. (I don't know about you, but I don't like to eat bleach with my food!) I recommend using baking soda and water in hot water (make a paste). If this doesn't work, does it really matter that your container is orange? (01/18/2006)

      By Em

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      The best product I've found is the Cascade - Plastic Booster for the dishwasher. It's the best! I Love it. (09/14/2006)

      By Lori Roberson

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      Rubbing alcohol removes almost any marker. (11/12/2006)

      By Whitney

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      I used Dawn power dissolver. i let it set 30 minutes and it washed off clean. This was for Tomato stain. (03/21/2008)

      By vanman

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      This cleaner I get from the dollar store called "Awesome" works well. (06/12/2008)

      By Dawn

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      I always use Dawn Power Dissolver. Works great, but I ran out and my husband gave baby spaghetti Oh's in the highchair, so we tried a paste of Comet and hot water (please make sure baby is not in high chair when you do this). Worked great, but I prefer the Dawn Power Dissolver, that stuff is awesome! (08/17/2008)

      By Giulia Cermak

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      Use salt on a damp cloth or you can use lemon juice which will eat away at the tomato sauce-I used it just now on a clear set that contained tomato based gumbo which a friend made. I was planning to go and purchase her a replacement bowl because I hated to give her the stained one back-it looked terrible. I used both salt (rubbed it in the bowl) and lots of lemon juice and hot water and now it looks likes it never had tomato sauce in it. Works great. (08/26/2008)

      By tonya

      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      The only thing I have learned but never tried is to clean thoroughly and leave the containers out in the sun.(12/22/2008)

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      Cleaning Tomato Stains Off Plastic

      I just tried it and the water with Lemon in it for 4 minutes, works beautiful! (02/07/2009)

      By April

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      How do I get tomato sauce stains from plastics?

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      Clean tomato sauce stains from your plastic containers using hot water filled to the top and plopping a couple denture tablets in.

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