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Jan 29, 2003 06:45 PM

Getting odors out of tupperware/plastic containers?

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What's the best way to get smells out of plastic storage containers? Despite my constant scrubbing and frequent washing, my tupperware often retains the odors of the previously stored item.

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  1. I've seen the folks in my office catering department fill plastic containers with vinegar to remove odors.

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      Marion Morgenthal

      I've been told putting scrunched up newspaper in and sealing it up for a while removes odors--but I haven't tried it.

      1. I know it's a little too late, but for the future, if you spray the inside of the plastic container with cooking spray it will prevent the plastic from staining or getting smelly.

        1. Not sure if you've tried the dishwasher or a soak in very hot water and dishwasher (not dishwashing) detergent, but my dishwasher does a fine job on plastics.

          1. Sounds like newspapers, charcoal, or baking soda will help.