I put iced tea in a white Tupperware container. I can't get the stain out with regular washing (I do not have a dishwasher). Any suggestions would be appreciated.
By Doris from Parma, OH
Tea and coffee stains on hard surfaces like mugs and teapots come off using baking soda like a cleanser. It's worth trying on your Tupperware. It won't leave a taste like bleach would, and it doesn't scratch like commercial cleansers.
Dip a damp sponge or cloth in dry baking soda and scrub away! If it is surface staining it should come right off. If it is deeper you may have to soak it as others have suggested.
By Grandma J03/02/2010
Fill with hot water, put 1/4 cup regular household bleach in, set for an hour should be good.
Tea is used to stain fabric, but should never do any harm to a non-porous substance. If you can't clean it, call your local Tupperware dealer and get a replacement. They come with a lifetime guarantee.
I don't know if you used the bleach trick - but without a dishwasher - you better soak that container for a really long time in plain water after using bleach. If any soap comes in contact with it it will cause a chemical reaction. If any food is tored in it, it will taste like bleach. Tupperware is not made to be washed in bleach.
I would try soaking it in baking soda and really hot water. If it is still stained, I would try really hot water with lots of white vinegar. Those are both safe for you and your family.
Fill up the container with hot soapy water and add a splash of bleach. Let it sit 10 minutes and that should do the trick.
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Hook Family from USA
I wonder if anyone has some good ideas for removing stains on Tupperware? Some of my tumblers got stained, probably from sitting in dirty dishwater too long. I hope there is something I can do besides pitching them.
Debbie from IL
Since it had not come out the previous ways, I had delegated it to the container I used when making sourdough starter. I set it outside in the sun to keep warm and after about a few days I had a nice starter to make bread with. I put that starter into a glass jar and put it into the fridge. When I cleaned my poor stained Tupperware pitcher, the stain was gone. yay! I guess the little guys liked eating the stain away. Also got a nice loaf of bread.
If as a last ditch resort you want to try this, just Google for any sourdough starter recipe and give it a go. Remember to feed your starter each day. It can take anywhere from 3-7 days to get it foaming right. Even if you kill your starter, your Tupperware should in theory be clean right? I have not tried this on my other stained pieces, but all I know is I made one starter and my pitcher was bleached nice and clean. (05/12/2006)
By Barbara in Vegas
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