One of the most annoying things to do when cleaning up in the kitchen is getting rid of nasty odors from reusable plastic food containers. However, it’s good to know that there are many easy but effective ways of dealing with this problem. Here are some of the different ways that you could remove odors from plastic food containers (remember, you should do these techniques after you have thoroughly cleaned the container with dishwashing soap, as per usual):
Freeze the plastic container. Wipe the plastic food container dry and place it in the freezer for 24 hours. Make sure to leave the plastic container open while doing this.
Use vinegar. Vinegar is one of the most effective natural disinfectants, and you may find that it’s effective in neutralizing odors as well. Pour in white vinegar inside the plastic food container, and swish the vinegar around to cover all surface areas inside. Then, let the vinegar sit in the container for 20 to 30 minutes. Afterwards, rinse the food container well and dry it thoroughly.
Use coffee beans. Coffee beans have long had the reputation of being able to dispel nasty odors. They work by absorbing the bad odors, and exuding the pleasant smell of coffee in its place. Make sure to thoroughly dry the plastic container, and place a handful of coffee beans inside. This is especially effective for containers, which have the smell of curry, garlic and onion.
Use baking soda. Baking soda is another very popular natural absorbent of bad odors. Simply cover the bottom of the plastic container with a layer of baking soda, and pour in warm water. You don’t have to stir them in. Let the baking soda and water sit like that for a few hours. Afterwards, wash the container and dry it thoroughly.
Use old newspaper. Make sure that you use newspaper that has blank ink only, and no colored pictures. Fill up the container with crumpled old newspapers, and close the lid. Let it stay like that for about 12 hours. Old newspaper is known to be porous, and it could absorb odors.
Use vanilla extract. If you like the smell of vanilla, you could use it to absorb and replace the foul odor in the container. Simply pour about a tablespoon of vanilla into the container, and swish around this liquid to effectively cover the container’s entire interior surface area, as well as the lid. Let it sit for about thirty minutes. Afterwards, use regular dishwashing soap and water to clean the container once again. Dry it thoroughly before storing.
Use bleach. You could also try soaking the plastic container overnight in bleach. This will help completely disinfect the plastic container, but do remember to rinse it well afterwards to get rid of all traces of the chemical.
There you have it! These are just some of the effective ways to remove odors from plastic containers. As with many other cases, prevention really is key, so it’s always better that you keep plastic containers from storing food for too long, to help avoid the incidence of food smells being too hard to remove. Good luck, and hope this helped you out!