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  1. #1
    Becca Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    FERRANTE wrote:
    > Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    > sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    > I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    > they, too, seem to have the same problem.
    >
    > I am hopeful someone here has the answer, if there is indeed one.
    > Maybe the stains just cannot be removed.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark
    >


    Sprinkle baking soda on a sponge and scrub the area. If that doesn't
    work, sprinkle it with lemon juice and sit it out in the sun. You can
    also try soaking the stains denture cleaning tablets or vinegar. You
    could always try bleach, but getting the taste and smell of bleach out
    of the plastic would be another problem. Good luck.


    Becca

  2. #2
    Dimitri Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    "FERRANTE" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    > sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    > I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    > they, too, seem to have the same problem.
    >
    > I am hopeful someone here has the answer, if there is indeed one.
    > Maybe the stains just cannot be removed.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark



    Throw them away or use them exclusively for Pasta.


    --
    Dimitri

    Corned beef

    http://kitchenguide.wordpress.com.


  3. #3
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    On Mar 15, 2:48*pm, FERRANTE <manthonyferra...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    > sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    > I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    > they, too, seem to have the same problem.
    >
    > I am hopeful someone here has the answer, if there is indeed one.
    > Maybe the stains just cannot be removed.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    If you live where there's plenty of sun just put them outside in the
    sun........stains go bye bye.

  4. #4
    J. Clarke Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    On 3/15/2010 5:48 PM, FERRANTE wrote:
    > Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    > sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    > I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    > they, too, seem to have the same problem.
    >
    > I am hopeful someone here has the answer, if there is indeed one.
    > Maybe the stains just cannot be removed.


    Baking soda and detergent (make a paste), if that fails leave it in the
    sun for a few hours, if that fails 1 part chlorox to 3 parts water, if
    that fails then mark it "for tomato sauce" and reserve it for that purpose.



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    Stu Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    X-No-Archive: yes On Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:48:20 -0500, FERRANTE
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    >sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    >I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    >they, too, seem to have the same problem.
    >
    >I am hopeful someone here has the answer, if there is indeed one.
    >Maybe the stains just cannot be removed.
    >
    >Thanks,
    >Mark


    Soak them in 3 cups of lemon juice in the sink with soapy water, then
    use the Mr Clean Magic Eraser on them. Seems it works.

  6. #6
    FERRANTE Guest

    Default Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    they, too, seem to have the same problem.

    I am hopeful someone here has the answer, if there is indeed one.
    Maybe the stains just cannot be removed.

    Thanks,
    Mark

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    j h Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    I've had success by simply putting tomato stained bowls in sunlight as
    the first step. Don't know if previous atempts with other methods would
    impede results, but avoid abrasives with plastics always. jh


  8. #8
    Damaeus Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    In news:rec.food.cooking, FERRANTE <[email protected]> posted on
    Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:48:20 -0500 the following:

    > Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    > sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    > I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    > they, too, seem to have the same problem.


    I solved that problem by getting glass storage bowls with plastic lids. I
    always hated the tendency of plastic to stain. Plus I felt like plastic
    storage containers would affect the taste of leftovers, especially if
    dumped into the plastic while still hot. Wal-Mart sells glass Pyrex bowls
    with red plastic lids, good thick lids, too. I would rather have glass
    lids, but I wanted glass lids that don't have knobs on top so I can stack
    them. Sometimes I'll use the glass lids in some of our glassware and I'll
    simply turn the lid over, but the knob on top goes down inside the food.
    Not a big deal, of course, except when you want to dip out leftovers, you
    just have to contend with a glass knob coated with food.

    I hate a messy fridge. I much prefer having all the leftovers in the same
    type of container, not fifteen different sizes scattered all over the
    place. This is what my stuff looks like, though I didn't get a set. I
    bought individual pieces:

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Pyrex-14-P...s-Set/10402109

    I have two of the large rectangular pieces, about five of the small
    rectangular pieces (good for storing an opened package of franks), about
    five of the bowls the size of the one sitting to the side with no lid on
    it, and five of the bowls sitting under the smallest bowl on top, which
    are good for storing, say, the remaining food out of a partially-used 14oz
    canned good.

    The large rectangular glassware will perfectly hold two pounds of shredded
    mozzarella that I shred from the two pound blocks of it sold in the
    cooler.

    The only thing I don't like about the plastic lids is that one time,
    somehow a bowl of ground beef that had spoiled got pushed way back under
    the microwave (it sits in a cabinet over the counter, leaving about an 8"
    space under it where we store a few things), and I found it so long after
    it was lost, that I didn't even remember taking it out of the fridge. I
    popped the lid off and the smell was atrocious. I was never able to get
    the smell out of the lid, even after boiling it in vinegar water,
    scrubbing it with baking soda, and soaking it overnight in a sink full of
    soapy water, and running it through the dishwasher twice. I just finally
    threw both the lid and the bowl away, since I didn't want to have a bowl
    without a lid to go with it.

    That's why I want glass lids. At least if it ends up molded, it'll all
    come off and look as good as new. I'm skeptical of plastic lids, because
    as I see it, if the lid still smells like the mold that used to grow on
    it, then there's still mold infused into the plastic. It makes me think
    that using that lid might cause the food it covers to spoil more rapidly
    than it would with a lid that had not been so abused.

    Damaeus

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    FERRANTE wrote:

    >> Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    >> sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls?


    You heated them in the microwave too high without stirring.

    You're a fool, learn your lesson, throw them away and live the rest
    of your life without them.

    -sw

  10. #10
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    On Mar 15, 4:48*pm, FERRANTE <manthonyferra...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    > sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    > I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    > they, too, seem to have the same problem.
    >
    > I am hopeful someone here has the answer, if there is indeed one.
    > Maybe the stains just cannot be removed.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    Your first mistake was not spraying the inside of the containers FIRST
    with a vegetable spray - that will keep them from staining. Too late
    for these containers, but now you know. The stain shouldn't affect
    their storage capabilities, however, and who sees them besides you??

    N.

  11. #11
    Je├čus Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    Becca wrote:
    > FERRANTE wrote:
    >> Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    >> sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    >> I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    >> they, too, seem to have the same problem.
    >>
    >> I am hopeful someone here has the answer, if there is indeed one.
    >> Maybe the stains just cannot be removed.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Mark

    >
    > Sprinkle baking soda on a sponge and scrub the area.


    You do need to watch out with baking soda on anything you don't want
    scratched though. It can be fairly abrasive, even if they're very fine
    scratches, which will make the next cleaning harder. That said, it
    certainly is effective... the first time.




    --
    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism
    by those who haven't got it - George Bernard Shaw

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    Stu Guest

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    X-No-Archive: yes On Wed, 17 Mar 2010 13:45:31 +1100, Je▀us
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Becca wrote:
    >> FERRANTE wrote:
    >>> Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    >>> sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    >>> I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    >>> they, too, seem to have the same problem.
    >>>
    >>> I am hopeful someone here has the answer, if there is indeed one.
    >>> Maybe the stains just cannot be removed.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> Mark

    >>
    >> Sprinkle baking soda on a sponge and scrub the area.

    >
    >You do need to watch out with baking soda on anything you don't want
    >scratched though. It can be fairly abrasive, even if they're very fine
    >scratches, which will make the next cleaning harder. That said, it
    >certainly is effective... the first time.


    As well it is great for cleaning a stained stainless steel sink.

  13. #13
    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    FERRANTE wrote:
    >
    > Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    > sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls?


    My automatic dishwasher easily removes tomato sauce stains from
    plastic storage containers so long as they're not branded in from
    microwave cooking... once plastic is heat damaged the food stain is
    pretty much a permanent tattoo. I freeze tomato sauce in plastic
    storage containers all the time, usually those meant for single use
    but I use them dozens of times with no problem... I'm careful to allow
    all foods to cool some before placing in the plastic containers. It's
    not wise to use plastic storage containers as microwave cookware...
    the stains won't harm you but they sure look ugli.

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    Dimitri Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    "brooklyn1" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > FERRANTE wrote:
    >>
    >> Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    >> sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls?

    >
    > My automatic dishwasher easily removes tomato sauce stains from
    > plastic storage containers so long as they're not branded in from
    > microwave cooking... once plastic is heat damaged the food stain is
    > pretty much a permanent tattoo. I freeze tomato sauce in plastic
    > storage containers all the time, usually those meant for single use
    > but I use them dozens of times with no problem... I'm careful to allow
    > all foods to cool some before placing in the plastic containers. It's
    > not wise to use plastic storage containers as microwave cookware...
    > the stains won't harm you but they sure look ugli.



    For me an easier way is put a baggie inside the plastic container as a
    liner - put in the pasta or whatever zip shut cover with the cap - it
    freezes to the container shape once frozen reuse the container.


    --
    Dimitri

    Corned beef

    http://kitchenguide.wordpress.com.


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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    On Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:20:45 -0700, "Dimitri" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >"brooklyn1" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]. .
    >> FERRANTE wrote:
    >>>
    >>> Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    >>> sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls?

    >>
    >> My automatic dishwasher easily removes tomato sauce stains from
    >> plastic storage containers so long as they're not branded in from
    >> microwave cooking... once plastic is heat damaged the food stain is
    >> pretty much a permanent tattoo. I freeze tomato sauce in plastic
    >> storage containers all the time, usually those meant for single use
    >> but I use them dozens of times with no problem... I'm careful to allow
    >> all foods to cool some before placing in the plastic containers. It's
    >> not wise to use plastic storage containers as microwave cookware...
    >> the stains won't harm you but they sure look ugli.

    >
    >
    >For me an easier way is put a baggie inside the plastic container as a
    >liner - put in the pasta or whatever zip shut cover with the cap - it
    >freezes to the container shape once frozen reuse the container.


    Were I to freeze food in zip-locs I'd not use or need to use any
    container, the zip-loc alone is enough. And I wouldn't waste a
    zip-loc on pasta, the bag is worth more. I don't think I've ever in
    my life froze left over pasta, it would go in the fridge in a bowl
    covered with plastic wrap and I'd eat it for brunch the next morning,
    probably ice cold... hey, if I can eat cold pizza I can eat cold
    ravioli... and a container of cold Chinese all congealed is the caviar
    of LOs.

    I use the plastic freezer containers for liquidy items, soups, stews,
    sauces, chili, like that... when it's time to use I typically move it
    to the fridge the night before, by morning it's defrosted enough to
    slip from the container into a pot to heat on the stove. If it's a
    last minute decision five minutes in the nuker melts the exterior
    enough so it slips out but it never gets hot, not even warm to the
    touch. My soups/stews are usually kind of thick, I purposely make
    them concentrated so they'll require less storage space, and I
    intentionally make enough to freeze on poipose, I never ever cook less
    than a ten quart potful (usually 16 qts), they're not left overs, I
    don't freeze left overs, not ever... when I make a meat loaf with five
    pounds of meat (my minimal amount) and freeze some slices that's not
    left overs. So to reheat I add like 20% water to the pot, besides
    making for a proper consistancy it makes it easier to finish
    defrosting my *intentionally condensed* food... I never heat food in
    plastic storage containers in the nuker. Mostly I freeze solid foods
    in zip-locs, like meat loaf slices, and tube steak... just yesterday I
    froze two 3 lb packs of Sabretts - 64 dogs total - 8 dogs fit
    poifectly in a 1 qt zip-loc... $9,89 a 3 lb pack at Walmart, best
    price around. Spring has sprung and it's almost Weber time... I'm
    ready.

  16. #16
    Je├čus Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    Stu wrote:
    > X-No-Archive: yes On Wed, 17 Mar 2010 13:45:31 +1100, Je├čus
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Becca wrote:
    >>> FERRANTE wrote:
    >>>> Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    >>>> sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    >>>> I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    >>>> they, too, seem to have the same problem.
    >>>>
    >>>> I am hopeful someone here has the answer, if there is indeed one.
    >>>> Maybe the stains just cannot be removed.
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks,
    >>>> Mark
    >>> Sprinkle baking soda on a sponge and scrub the area.

    >> You do need to watch out with baking soda on anything you don't want
    >> scratched though. It can be fairly abrasive, even if they're very fine
    >> scratches, which will make the next cleaning harder. That said, it
    >> certainly is effective... the first time.

    >
    > As well it is great for cleaning a stained stainless steel sink.


    LOL. Ask my g/f about bi-carb/baking soda... she uses it for damn near
    everything, it seems


    --
    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism
    by those who haven't got it - George Bernard Shaw

  17. #17
    Kswck Guest

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    "FERRANTE" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    > sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    > I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    > they, too, seem to have the same problem.
    >
    > I am hopeful someone here has the answer, if there is indeed one.
    > Maybe the stains just cannot be removed.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    Before using, spray them with Pam.



  18. #18
    Linda Guest

    Default Re: Removing food stains from plastic bowls???

    Try Cascade Plastic Booster 2 in 1. Works in the dishwasher.

    On Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:48:20 -0500, FERRANTE
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Does anyone know of an easy way to remove stains (usually red pasta
    >sauce stains) from Tupperware or similar plastic bowls? No matter what
    >I do, I cannot get them completely gone. I've asked my friends and
    >they, too, seem to have the same problem.
    >
    >I am hopeful someone here has the answer, if there is indeed one.
    >Maybe the stains just cannot be removed.
    >
    >Thanks,
    >Mark


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