I cannot imagine a life without Tupperware or the other dozen brands of plastic storage containers! Ok, that may be a little dramatic, but I really do use these nifty little reusable items often. No matter how often I entertain, I never can seem to get the hang of knowing how much food is too much food for a group of people. I am always so paranoid I won’t make enough that I end up doing just the opposite; I end up with leftovers that last for daaaaaays, if not weeks.
Because my storage is so important to me, I try to keep it in tip top shape. I have heard so many different tips and tricks for cleaning and deoderizing and have probably tried them all. Today, I am going to share my favorite storage container maintenance strategies with you. I will give you a few options here in hopes that you may have some of these items already in your home already. Here we go:
Reach for the salt! Odors in containers often come from food particles hiding in scratches in the plastic. Scrubbing the container with salt can help remove the trapped particles and, thus, remove the odor.
Is your container still stinky? Try newspaper! Crinkle up a piece of newspaper and sprinkle it with water (until it is just barely moist, not soaked). Place the newspaper in the container, seal the container, and leave it for a few days. The charcoal in the newspaper should absorb the odor. If Santa brought you charcoal for Christmas, a piece of charcoal will also work instead of newspaper. 🙂
Coffee is another great option for removing odors. The amount of coffee grounds I use depends on the size of the container. For a small, single serving container, I use a tablespoon or two. For a large container, I use up to half a cup. Simply poor your coffee grounds into the container, seal it, and store for a few days. The coffee grounds should absorb the odor and your container should be ready for use!
Looking for another option? Try baking soda! This wonderful household product has so many uses and odor removal is a another one! Add 2-4 teaspoons of baking soda to the container, fill it will hot water, seal, and leave it for 3-5 hours. Come back, rinse, and your container should be odor free!
Tomato Juice… Soups… We all know what our container looks like after storing one of these yummy (and colorful) leftovers. Next time you are fighting a tough stain that will not come out no matter how many times you scrub it, try filling your container with warm water and then add 2-5 teaspoons (depending on the size of the container) of lemon juice. Let it soak for a few minutes, and then give the container a little scrub with a sponge. The acid in the lemon juice will break down food stains with ease.
If you don’t have a lemon or lemon juice in the house, reach for the white vinegar. 1 part vinegar to 5 parts warm water should do the trick.
If this doesn’t remove 100% of the stain, add a little salt to the solution and scrub again. The salt with act as a scorer without scratching the container.
Bleaching is another alternative for really tough stains, but I haven’t had to use it since discovering the lemon juice/salt option.
I hope you found these storage container maintenance tips useful. If you have a technique of your own, please share! I would love to hear your thoughts.