How To Get Those Orange Stains Out Of Your Plastic Containers


Most of us have a drawer in our kitchens filled with different sizes of tupperware containers. Not only are tupperware containers great for packing lunches, but they’re also great for storing leftovers. However, if you’ve ever stored something with tomato sauce in a plastic container, then you know getting those stains out is certainly not easy. And it’s not very pleasant to look at stained tupperware, is it?

Thankfully, there are a few different ways to get rid of those stains!

1. Baking Soda

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Make a paste using water and baking soda. Apply a generous amount of the paste to the stained areas of the plastic container. Let it sit for a few hours, then rinse out the container. Afterwards, wash and dry as you normally would.

2. Distilled Vinegar

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Make a solution of equal parts distilled vinegar and water. Dump the solution in the container and let it soak for a few hours. When the time’s up, dump out the solution and wash and dry as you normally would.

3. The Sun

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What better natural cleaner is there than the sun?! Rub some lemon juice over the stained container. Then, let the container sit in the sun for a couple of hours. Wash and dry the container as you normally would.

4. Dish Soap and Paper Towel Hack

This method is not for stained plastic containers, but for when you want to wash them after having pasta or some other orange-oil-based food in them.

I call this method the water, dish soap, and paper towel hack. Just pour some water into your container (hot/warm water works better), add a few drops of dish soap, place a piece of paper towel inside, close the lid tightly, and shake it a few times. You’ll be amazed at how clean and oil-free the container will be. Trust me, I’ve tried it and it really works.