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Stifle the Stench: Banish Tupperware Odor for Good (and for Free!)

Between packing school lunches and boxing up dinner leftovers, our Tupperware containers really take a beating! Each piece finds itself getting filled with all sorts of yummy goodness and snapped closed until the food can be enjoyed again.

But sometimes, I must admit, those filled Tupperware containers get pushed to the back of the fridge, thought of no more until someone asks, “Mom, what’s that smell?”

C’mon, ladies, don’t act like you haven’t popped open a container only to stare at it blankly with a scrunched up face thinking, “What on earth is that?” By then the food is unrecognizable and has had plenty of time to permeate into the plastic, leaving its nasty odor behind.

Here at KCL, we have shown you how to remove those nasty stains from your favorite Tupperware, but what about those nasty odors? Those can be just as stubborn. To solve this problem, I asked a Tupperware consultant who has been in the business for thirty years, and this is what she suggested:

  1. Wash it thoroughly in the hottest soapy water you can stand. This will help get rid of any oils that may be part of the problem.
  2. Dry the container well. Then crumple some newspaper, place it inside, and close the lid tightly.
  3. Let the sealed container sit for forty-eight hours. Then discard the newspaper and give the container a sniff.
  4. If the odor is gone, just wash it before reusing it.
  5. Otherwise, wash it with a diluted bleach solution, and repeat the newspaper trick as needed to remove more stubborn odors.

That’s it! I tried this trick on the clam linguini-filled Tupperware my father-in-law sent over. Can’t get more stinky than that, right? This worked like a charm! I let the paper absorb the odor for two days, and that was plenty.

So the next time a sniff of your Tupperware makes you want to pass out, try this trick instead. It won’t cost you a dime and will save you from having to toss the piece out altogether!

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9 thoughts on “Stifle the Stench: Banish Tupperware Odor for Good (and for Free!)”

  1. Tupperware says:

    I’m glad TupperAndrea clarified the issue that TUPPERWARE is an actual brand name and not associated with the flimsy Hefty Containers or Rubbermaid that people like to call Tupperware. It should be clarified in the article. The blog writers need to make sure they are not misrepresenting a company.

  2. Sara says:

    Tupperware is made of a special plastic that doesn’t retain smells! If you use real Tupperware you wont have this problem. They are also life time guaranteed against chips, cracks, peeling, stains etc! Tupperware will give you a free replacement! I can get replacements direct shipped to you let me know if you need help. designsbycace@yahoo.com

  3. breese says:

    Wow, what is glass Tupperware? Didn’t know there was such a product.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this! I resorted to buying glass tupperware because I couldn’t deal with the plastic “stenches” it accumulated. I shall try this method with the few plastic tupperware I have left! :)

  5. Emily Curl says:

    Thank you! I was just dealing with this myself! I washed it and it still smelled pungent like the tortilla soup it held. Wohoo! Thanks again!

  6. LavA88 says:

    I love this tip!!! I admit to just throwing my poor tupperware out when I can’t get spaghetti stains out of it, thanks so much!

    • Andrea says:

      Just wash with cold water and soap and wipe out container with paper towel to avoid the sauce from setting. Then wash again in hot soapy water but once the container is stained there is no getting it clean.

      • Anonymous says:

        One trick to getting the stain out of plastic containers is leaving it out in the sun for a couple of hours..the stains magically dissapear

    • sara says:

      If its real Tupperware they will replace it for you for free! Let me know if I can get a replacement for you :)