Cleaning Plastic Containers Used For Powdered Drinks

I made a little discovery this morning and wanted to share it with you. It's quick, simple, easy, and cheap.

Kool- Aid stains all gone!

The tip is not free, though. You'll have to read (wade through) my 'Homespun' to get to it.


In the past year, I have had more health problems than most ninety year olds have in two lifetimes. Along with those problems came specialists and all the tests they require. X-rays, electrocardiograms, MRIs, nerve conduction tests, sonograms and deeper sonograms. The list goes on and on, including the dreaded colo-rectal. It was clear. However, I did have three cancers removed from my face. The scars are hardly noticeable. No, my medical history is not appropriate here, but I did want you to know why you've seen so little of me on ThriftyFun.

As you are asleep or near asleep during a colo-rectal, it is a breeze. No sweat, no pain. It's preparing for the test that really takes something out of you...pun intended. If you are not clean as a whistle from one end to another, you've just wasted your, and the doctors, time and the test will have to be repeated. (I know from personal experience).

Besides all the other stuff I had to drink, plus two days without food, I had to down a gallon of a certain liquid over a 24 hour period.

A powder was to be mixed in a gallon jug provided with the powder. The jug had a thicker wall than any jug I had ever seen. It also had a tight locking lid. I thought it quite nice and decided to keep it for making Kool- Aid. It works beautifully.

Kool- Aid stains plastic. And as I drink at least half a gallon every day (no sugar, just sucralose and maltodextrin), I am always trying to clean stains from that nice jug.

I have used bleach. It works fine, but it's so hard to get the chlorine scent from the container. I have to rinse and rinse and rinse. Then, I have to let it air dry several hours.

After all that, I have to go around the threads at the top with a toothbrush to get stains the bleach left. All that is in the past.

On a lark, this morning I decided to try something. I would clean my jug differently. I dumped about a fourth cup of household ammonia into the jug. Then I added about a fourth cup of peroxide. Then I shoved my dish cloth laden with suds down into the jug.

I capped the opening with the palm of my hand and gave the jug a vigorous shake. Within 30 seconds every stain was gone! I mean every one, even around the threads. I'm so glad I found this.

A note of caution. If you practice safety and thoroughly rinse the jug, this is a safe method. You will notice I said I capped the jug with the palm of my hand. I did this for a good reason. Mixing peroxide and household ammonia in a tightly sealed container could cause the container to explode. (One of the first things we were taught at the academy when starting hair coloring classes).


I think of all of you often and sincerely hope none of you nor your loved ones have had to endure the ravages beset upon our home; a tiny jewel traveling through the heavens, a spaceship we call Earth.


Ha Ha Ha

I get to end this tome (Jess calls them something else) on a lighter note.

It seems gmail doesn't like the way I spell 'colo-rectal'. It gave me several 'correct' options from which to choose, two of which were:

cool-rectal (I'm sitting here imagining someone picking up Vick's Vapo-Rub by mistake instead of the Preparation H and not discovering til it's too late. Zing!

loco-rectal (The next time you want to call somebody a 'crazy asse', say this instead. It sounds nicer. They won't know what you're talking about, but it sounds nicer).

I am in tears!

Source: Doug's Test Kitchens


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April 9, 20200 found this helpful

Great cleaning tip and even more exciting to read your latest tome.

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April 9, 20200 found this helpful

Yay, you're back !! I've missed your tips, suggestions and information shares. Stay well.

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April 9, 20200 found this helpful

I was wondering where you were. Stay well.

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April 10, 20200 found this helpful

Have you thought about trying denture cleaning tablets. I used to clean my husband's coffee thermos with them and hot water.


Just drop 2-3 in container, fill with hot water, and let sit for 15-20 minutes. It would be much safer than mixing chemicals

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April 11, 20200 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip, but I don't have denture cleaning tablets.

As for the safety of my mixture, I have been mixing ammonia and peroxide for years on a near daily basis. So have others. The two mixed together serve as a catalyst for most all developer hair colorings and bleaches. It's applied to millions of scalps on a daily basis.

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April 11, 20200 found this helpful

I'm so glad you're back. You, kind sir, have been missed.

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