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Preventing Food from Staining Plastic Containers

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Many foods will cause stains when they are stored in plastic containers. The best way to keep your containers looking nice, it is important to prevent these stains. This is a page about preventing food from staining plastic containers.


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July 22, 20041 found this helpful

Before putting tomato sauce or other leftovers that may say stain into tupperware, line the container with foil.

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July 27, 2006

Spray plastic container with am or any non stick spray before pouring in any tomato based sauce, this will prevent staining of the container.

By Shirley Vinch from Fulton, NY

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January 30, 2012

Spray the inside of your leftover containers with cooking spray before you put leftovers away that have sauces in them; spaghetti, vegetable soup, chili, goulash, etc. The cooking spray will prevent your container from staining.

Source: My mother

By cameramom from Linwood, MI

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February 14, 2013

If you get spaghetti stains in your Tupperware, you can avoid this by spraying the dish with cooking spray. Also setting your stained dishes in the sun will work as well. No more nasty stains.

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February 27, 2009

How do you stop bowls from staining red from chili or spaghetti sauces?

Jan from Cincinnati, OH


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February 27, 20090 found this helpful

I am not sure if this works or not but a friend told me to spray the bowl with pam before putting spaghetti sauce in. I am going to try this myself. Cathy from MA

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February 27, 20090 found this helpful

You really can't prevent it, but I do have a way to remove the stains. Fill the bowls or containers with water, and get yourself as cheap of a package of denture cleaner as you can (like Equate, from the Walmart, or any other generic denture cleaner), and put a half of a tablet of that into the bowl.


Let it fizz itself out, and viola! The stains will be gone. Works great on coffee and tea stains in mugs, too. ;)

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February 28, 20090 found this helpful

It helps a bit to spray them first with pam cooking spray then add your food.

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March 1, 20090 found this helpful

Rinse out the bowls with Cold water first. Then use warm, soapy water to clean.

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By charl (Guest Post)
March 1, 20090 found this helpful

I always spray my plastic before putting any tomato products in them. I have NEVER had a stain after do so. It also seems to cut down on smells remaining behind.

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By Dana (Guest Post)
March 2, 20090 found this helpful

I spray mine with Pam. Works everytime. Need to spray the lid too.

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March 13, 20090 found this helpful

Me, I use no plastic, only glass and stainless.

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

How long do you let them soak

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