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Removing Stains from Plastic Food Containers

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Storing some foods and beverages in plastic can leave your containers discolored. This guide is about removing stains from plastic food containers.
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February 4, 2009

How can I get red enchilada sauce stains out of plastic containers?

Ginger from Bellingham, WA

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February 4, 20090 found this helpful

I agree with the Plastic Booster. It comes in a tube like hand lotion, look for it with the dishwasher detergents. You add it with your regular detergent.
I was skeptical when I first tried it but it really works!

You can also set them out in the sunshine if you live where the weather is nice.

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February 4, 20090 found this helpful

No need to buy special cleaning products. Soak stained plastic containers in warm soapy water with a little bleach added.

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By Angelina (Guest Post)
February 4, 20090 found this helpful

I have luck putting the stained plastic containers out in the bright sun. They come out like new. This truly is a very frugal procedure. I hope it works for you.

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February 5, 20090 found this helpful

I just wash mine well and ignore the tint, then when I use them for something else the pink has faded and then it's gone. Mostly for containers I use pint wide-mouth canning jars, they last forever, they're see-thru, easy to wash and no staining at all.

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By Chris from PA. (Guest Post)
February 5, 20090 found this helpful

I use automatic dishwashing powder. You can get this at any Dollar General or Walmart Store.

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You don't need to buy the expensive brands. Just pour a little in your container, fill it with hot water and let it soak. Stains come right off.

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February 6, 20090 found this helpful

Next choice is to wash well and then only use the stained containers for staining food items.

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July 22, 2011

Any advice on getting tea stains out of a Rubbermaid juice container?

By neuroticmom from CA

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July 22, 20110 found this helpful

Bleach. Fill the container with warm soapy water and add a tablespoon or so of bleach. Let sit for a while and rub with a sponge. Repeat using more bleach if the stain remains.

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July 23, 20110 found this helpful

My Mother used to put any stained plastic containers out in the sun, or on a really sunny windowsill. It may take a few days, but it usually got out stains and odors.

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July 25, 20110 found this helpful

If it's tea, make a paste from water and baking soda, apply, and scrub with an old toothbrush. You may have to let it set a while before scrubbimg. After rinsing, most of the tea stain should be gone.

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July 25, 20110 found this helpful

Fill it with water and one half cup bleach. Let set for 15 min. Then rinse with vinegar water.

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July 25, 20110 found this helpful

I haven't tried it with plastic, but I use denture cleaning tablets to get coffee and tea stains out of mugs. It's worth a try--I get them at the 99 Cent store, so they're really inexpensive. And they also help clean the toilet... :)

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August 8, 20140 found this helpful

What can I use to get spaghetti stains out of my plastic food containers?

By Ruth S. from Newalla, OK

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August 8, 20140 found this helpful

Removing I am not sure about but preventing I can help with. Spray the inside of the dish with non-stick cooking spray before putting the ingredients in it. Works like a charm every time.

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