I think it safe to say that every home in America has at least one plastic container that’s been stained by spaghetti or lasagna. I won’t lie; I’ve had to do the scratch and sniff test dozens of times to prove that mine weren’t dirty.

Sure, I could just go out and buy glass containers, but those are pretty expensive, and my containers are still good—they’re just really ugly. Instead of tossing my Tupperware, I’ve figured out how to save them!

You Need

  • 1 small squirt of dish washing liquid
  • ¼ cup bleach
  • Enough water to fill up the container

The Steps

  • Fill the container with water.
  • Add the dishwashing liquid.
  • Add the bleach.
  • Put the container in the microwave for 40 seconds or until it starts to boil.
  • Let the mixture sit until lukewarm.
  • Rinse and wipe out container.

If you’re worried about using bleach in your microwave, boil water on the stove to get the same effect. Don’t want to use bleach? Try out vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, but keep in mind that those compounds may not work as well as bleach. If the bleach smell is still hanging around after the containers are rinsed, just add 2 Tbsp. baking soda to a container full of warm water. Let sit overnight, drain, rinse and wipe out.

This is a guest post by August from Granite Falls, NC
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6 thoughts on “How To Save Stained Tupperware”

  1. Barbara says:

    sprinkle baking soda in the bottom, add vinegar and slowly add hot water…works wonders!!

  2. mom2boyz says:

    Be careful, some of the Tupperware products are not microwave safe, and using them in the microwave
    may cause the “white peeling” as referred to above.

  3. Misha says:

    what about the white stuff that you can’t ever scrub out because you put the containers in the d/w?

  4. Kylie says:

    Awesome I’m gonna try these ideas!! I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night knowing I had to throw away a free Ziploc container!!! :)

  5. nikkicats2 says:

    A little soft scrug with bleach and a scrub brush works good too. If it’s really stained let the soft scrug sit on the stain after you’ve scrubbed it for a little while and then rinse.

  6. ana says:

    my mother-in-law puts the container out side in the sun for a couple of hours without anything and it clears it out! wish i would have known this easy trick a long time ago