Life Hack: Deep food stains in plastic tubs? Here's how to get them out!
This surprisingly easy and fast method of removing food stains from lunch boxes may be accomplished using tools that you probably already have in your home.
It is that time of year again: the back-to-school season is in full flow. Parents are flooded with lunch-box recipes, after-school supper suggestions, and special bargains on lunch boxes and bags as children enjoy their final weeks of freedom.
Obviously, if this is not your child's first time attending school, you will already have plastic containers and containers for their lunch, or you will have extra containers from your own lunch or dinner.
If you use these for storing leftover bolognese, curries, etc., you may be tempted to purchase brand-new, unstained containers. However, in the spirit of sustainability (and affordability), you should continue to utilize the ones you already have that are in fine condition.
Tomato-based foods are notoriously difficult, if not impossible, to extract from plastic containers. Countless utilitarian containers have doubtlessly been discarded in favor of new, more transparent containers.
Those of us who have scrubbed ineffectively at those discolored boxes are aware that it is simple to feel despondent and go for your wallet. However, there is a surprisingly simple and speedy solution to remove these stains from fresh lunch boxes.
To remove the orange tinge from your plastic container, add some dish soap, a third of warm water, and two or three pieces of torn kitchen paper. Shake the container for 45 seconds to one minute after sealing it with the lid. The discoloration and any oily residue should be eliminated from the lunchbox after a thorough rinsing.
If you've had a tub with a stain for some time, you'll need a more rigorous solution. When confronted with ugly stains, it can be tempting to grab for bleach, but since the affected surface will be in close contact with food that we or our children will consume, it makes more sense to choose natural alternatives.
For those orange/red containers tucked away in the back of your press, our second tip employs baking soda, the kitchen's unsung hero. Simply create a paste by combining baking soda and water in the container, then scrub until the stain is removed.
A further suggestion, which I have not yet implemented, is to cover the stain with sugar, add dish soap, and fill the container with water. Before rinsing, let it sit for 10 minutes. The enzymes in the sugar ought to eliminate the stain, leaving you with a tub that is once again transparent.