How to Clean a Pasta Sauce Stain From Plastic

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When you store tomato-based pasta sauce in plastic containers or allow it to contact plastic cookware, it often leaves behind red stains. Plastic absorbs the red sauce because of its porous material, and the use of abrasive cleaners makes the stains even more evident. Instead of throwing your plastic kitchenware away due to the discoloration, remove the stains at home to salvage the containers. Removing the sauce stains properly protects the plastic from future damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Container
  • Sponge
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Rinse the plastic with warm water in your kitchen sink.

  • Combine 1 tbsp. of baking soda with 2 tbsp. of cool water inside a container. Rub the paste onto the pasta-sauce stain.

  • Scrub the stained plastic with a sponge. Allow the paste to dry completely.

  • Rinse the baking soda paste off the plastic with warm water.

  • Soak the plastic in a diluted bleach solution that consists of nine parts of water to one part of bleach. Allow it to soak overnight. Repeat the stain-removal process as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply cooking spray to nonstick containers to prevent tomato sauce from sticking.
  • Remove tough pasta-sauce stains by soaking the plastic overnight in one part of water mixed with one part white vinegar.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners on the container because they can scratch the surface.

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