Removing Odors from Glass Jars?

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Although glass containers typically do not retain odors as much as plastic, sometimes it can still be difficult to remove a persistent odor. This is a page about removing odors from glass jars.


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January 28, 2005

I'm making some jam and marmalade at the moment and have had some people save their old jars for me, but some of them have had pickled onions in them and i just can't get rid of the smell! Does anyone have any tips for me? I will be very grateful.



January 28, 20050 found this helpful
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Try scrubbing them out with a paste of baking soda.

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January 28, 20050 found this helpful
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Fill with 1/4 white vinegar and 3/4 cold water. Let soak for a few hours or overnight if possible. This works for odors in plastic containers-maybe it will work for glass too! Good Luck!

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I keep a lot of glass jars, but sometimes end up throwing them away because I can never get the smell of whatever was in the jar out of the lid. Does anyone have a good cleaner to get the smell out?


March 11, 20170 found this helpful

Plastic absorbs the smells and sometimes the taste. If soaking them in vinegar doesn't work, you may have to get different lids.

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September 24, 20180 found this helpful

New lids dont work. Its the glass!

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