How to Remove Red Stains From Plastic


Remove red stains from plastic with solutions found around your home. Red stains on plastic typically fit within the tannin category of stains: juice, wine and tomato-based sauces. Once set, these stains become more difficult to remove. Avoid using natural soaps when cleaning red-stained plastic; it only sets the stain further, making stain removal more difficult.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Scrub brush
  • Bleach
  • Denture tablets
  • Coffee pot cleaner
  • Set the plastic out in direct sun for an entire day. The sun will often bleach out the stain.

  • Sprinkle baking soda on the plastic. Add a little water to make a paste. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Scrub the baking soda on the red stains until they disappear. Wash as you normally would.

  • Fill the container with 1 part bleach and 3 parts water. Allow it to sit for about two hours. Rinse well.

  • Fill the plastic container with hot water. Drop in two denture tablets and allow it to sit overnight. Wash as usual.

  • Apply a cleaner made to clean coffee pots. These cleaners are formulated to remove stains from coffee pots and will remove red stains from plastic as well. Add about a tsp. of the cleaner to the container, fill with hot water and let sit overnight. Wash as usual the next morning.

Tips & Warnings

  • To prevent red stains on plastic, spray the plastic with a nonstick cooking spray before placing food in it.

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