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5 Ways to Remove Odors From Plastic Containers

It’s always nice to have Thanksgiving leftovers to enjoy, but once the food’s gone, the smell can linger in your plastic containers. Your instinct might be to pitch the Tupperware, but no need. Here are five easy ways to deodorize plastic and save your money.

Baking Soda

First, rinse the empty containers with cool water since hot can set in the odor. Next, fill the containers with warm water and add one tablespoon of baking soda – the ultimate odor-removing ingredient. Snap on the lid, and let it sit overnight.


Another solution is to rub the inside of the container with lemon juice or a cut lemon since the citric acid is a powerful odor eliminator. The powerful scent of vanilla extract can also do the trick.

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Vinegar is also a great natural deodorizing alternative. Fill leftover containers with vinegar and cold water, and let it sit for three to five hours. Repeat the disinfecting process a couple times if necessary.


You can also tackle tough odors by placing a piece of charcoal in the container, sealing the lid and letting the charcoal absorb the odor for a day or two. Just be sure to use natural charcoal made without easy-light additives or mesquite.

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Finally, the simplest and most natural method might be right in your backyard. Place stinky containers and lids in direct sunlight for a day to air them out. 

How do you get pesky smells out of plastic? Connect with me on Twitter @Farnoosh and use the hashtag #finfit.


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