How to Remove Plastic Container Odour

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If you cook enough food to last more than one meal, chances are you use some sort of plastic container to store the leftovers for round two…or three perhaps.

Plastic containers are convenient, economical, light-weight and often easy to store.

However, there are a few downsides; one being the tendency of these containers to retain the smell of previous meals even after multiple thorough washes.

Here are a few things you can do to get rid of that smell:

  • Rinse/Wash them as soon as possible. This is a no brainer as the longer they sit in the sink the worse they’ll get
  • Store the containers with a pinch of salt. Food52 suggests that the salt absorbs the odour and kills odour causing germs. Remember to rinse out the salt before you re-use. Storing your containers with newspaper has the same effect. The carbon in the paper absorbs the odour.
  • Exposure to sunlight. Air drying your containers in the sun for a few hours will also go along way to eliminating some of the odour.

If your containers are stained (because very few Nigerian recipes exclude oil), try making a paste (by mixing baking soda with water) and rubbing on the affected area. Let if sit for a day and then rinse.

What steps do you take to keep your containers fresh?

Food52 | How to Get Smells and Stains Out of Tupperware

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By |December 9th, 2014|9 Comments


  1. joyradio9067y January 27, 2016 at 4:21 am - Reply

    nice ideals and also helping out in my show too keep it up

  2. Yuddie July 29, 2015 at 7:06 am - Reply

    For me, I put a wad of tissue in the container, flask or bowl, close it. And when you want to use it…. No odor.

  3. aleroloves May 11, 2015 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Really helpful .. i’ll definitely try this.

  4. Bukola April 7, 2015 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Leaving the bowls in the sun can remove the oil stains, too. You can even place it on your window sill.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      great idea Bukola. Thanks for the addition

  5. Ada February 14, 2015 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    So helpful

  6. Khemmy December 16, 2014 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Wow!!!! thanks for dis tip 9jafoodie. I hope with this I can cook and store my ogbonno soup without fear of the odour refusing to go

  7. 9jafoodie
    9jafoodie December 15, 2014 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    this is extremely useful… thanks Evic

  8. Zahra Abdallah December 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you naija foodie,U rock!

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