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Monday, April 25, 2016

Plastic Food Containers

Plastic Food Containers
If your plastic food containers cannot hold its shape in hot water or the microwave, then you may need to toss or recycle.  This is true of most containers that are meant to transport food, such as takeout containers, and those that you purchase food products in, such as yogurt containers.  These types of containers are designed for a one time use only. If the container is a keeper, make sure it is clean for the next use:
Wash the containers in a sink with dish soap and warm water or put it in the dishwasher top rack. Dry the container using a kitchen towel or the low-heat cycle of the dishwasher.
Removing stains can be a challenge. Here are some tips.

  • You may need to take extra steps to remove remaining stains.
  • Put on the kitchen counter and leave in the direct sun for a few hours.
  • Soak containers using a mild bleach solution of 2 teaspoons bleach per gallon of water, drain, and dry thoroughly before use.
  • For containers that stink, try a baking soda and water scrub (1 teaspoon of baking soda with one cup of water), or you can also try undiluted vinegar.
  • Be sure to wash the container after any of these stain removal steps.
  • If the stains won’t budge, throw the container away.
    You can prevent stains before they happen by spraying the inside of the container with an unflavored cooking spray.  If you are not using the container for cooking, you can line the container with foil or plastic wrap.  Tomato stains are stubborn, so refrain from microwaving tomato products in plastic containers.

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