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Odors in your Tupperware«
I have compiled the following information to help you get a lifetime of use
out of your Tupperware«
brand products and to keep them looking and smelling as good as new.
write if you have further questions or, if you have other ideas which you think should be added to this list.
A couple things to note before we get down to specifics strategies.
- Prevention: The best way to deal with odors and stains in your
prevention in the first place. The fundamental guideline here is to use your
ware appropriately and rinse it immediately after use, even if you don't have time to wash it thoroughly.
- Warranty: Please remember that stains and odors are not covered by the
warranty. These are "cosmetic" problems and do not affect the
bottom-line usability of the products.
Tupperware«: That sticky feeling
is removed by using a
baking soda paste. (Note from Bess: if your dishwasher is set so
it won't melt your Tupperware«, running it through on the top rack will
usually take off all the stickiness.)
- Scratches: Don't use sharp utensils or
knives on Tupperware«. Scratches are not covered by
keep your clear or colored/clear tumblers looking great, do not stack
them. Stacking causes small abrasions that will make the tumblers
opaque over time. Repeated washings in the dishwasher may do the same
How to Combat Odors in Your Tupperware«
- Prevention Tip: Tupperware«
should be stored with its seals OFF to allow air to circulate
- Newspaper/Charcoal: This is the classic method of combating odors.
Crumple up newspaper, sprinkle it lightly with water, place in sealed container and leave it for a
day. The charcoal in the newsprint will absorb odors. Putting a piece of
charcoal, such as what you'd use for a BBQ, in a sealed container also works.
- Baking Soda: There are a couple methods here.
a) Put baking soda in the container and shake, leave it for a couple
hours/days . . . .
b) Make a paste of baking soda and water and let it set. After letting it sit, then rinse with water and wash normally. Repeat as
- Alternative methods:
a) Place the container upside down on the grass outside.
b) After making coffee, put used grounds in container and let set. Some
folks recommend drying the grounds first but I found it worked when they were
c) Try rinsing it with lemon juice and then wash it as usual.
d) Put a crumpled paper towel in a sealed container with a bit of kitchen
cooking vanilla on it. Some folks even keep containers such as thermoses, coolers, etc., stored tightly closed in the garage with a vanilla paper towel
and it seems to work well.
How to Remove Stains from Your
Note: Many folks find that stains will mostly come out through using the product over and over.
- Fill containers with food that has been cooled to room temperature first.
The heat contributes to the possibility of staining.
- Rinse the container with cold water to "close pores" right before storing
spaghetti sauce or other tomato-based sauces/soups in it.
- Use a light spray coating of any cooking spray such as Pam on seals and
containers prior to filling (as above).
- Rinse any Tupperware«
container which contained greasy food or food that
might stain with cold water first. Then wash with hot soapy water or in dishwater. Rinsing in hot water will set stains.
- Baking Soda Paste: Use a baking soda paste (baking soda and water) and rub into the stain. You
can then rinse with vinegar (optional) and wash normally.
- Sun: Place container outside on a nice sunny day and the sun actually bleaches the
- Bleach: Please note that this is not the first option to try but one to use if the
stain is really persistent and you've tried the other methods.
a) Make a strong solution of dishwasher detergent (which usually contains
bleach) and water (1/4 cup detergent to 1 cup warm water) and let it set on stain.
b) Alternatively, add bit of bleach to water and let it set on the stain.
If it doesn't work, make it a little stronger and repeat. Then wash the container normally prior to use.
(NOTE: This is NOT to be used for Microwave used containers, because the bleach
stays in the pores and can fume into your food when micro waving.)