How to Remove Red Sauce From Tupperware

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Distinguished for its top-quality polycarbonate plastic containers, Tupperware products are designed to last. Since Tupperware products are more costly than ordinary plastic food containers, keeping them in top condition makes sense. Nonetheless, storing food in Tupperware containers makes them susceptible to ugly stains, such as those from acidic foods. Tomato sauce almost inevitably transfers red stains onto Tupperware. Red sauce stains become harder to wash off Tupperware the longer they remain on its plastic surface. Promptly remove red sauce from Tupperware to prevent permanent discoloring.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid dishwashing soap
  • Nonabrasive sponge
  • 1 tbsp. chlorine bleach
  • Soft dish towel
  • Pour a pea-size drop of liquid dishwashing soap into the Tupperware. Fill the dirty container with hot water.

  • Swish the hot, soapy water around inside the Tupperware. Pour the soapy water and red sauce residue out of the Tupperware.

  • Pour a pea-size drop of the dishwashing soap onto a water-dampened, nonabrasive sponge. Using the soapy sponge, wipe the inside of the Tupperware to wash out the remaining tomato sauce.

  • Rinse the Tupperware thoroughly under hot water.

  • Examine the Tupperware for lingering red stains from the sauce. If you discover red stains, pour 1 tbsp. of chlorine bleach into the Tupperware and fill the stained container with cold water. Let the bleach solution soak in the Tupperware for 30 minutes.

  • Rinse the Tupperware thoroughly with fresh water. Dry the Tupperware container with a soft dish towel.

  • Store the Tupperware without sealing its lid to allow airflow through the container. Trapped air within sealed Tupperware can actually cause lids to break.

Tips & Warnings

  • Coat Tupperware with cooking spray before use to inhibit red stains.
  • Wipe Tupperware with undiluted lemon juice or baking soda to remove red stains.
  • Even the slightest abrasive sponges can scratch Tupperware.

References

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