Plastic containers conveniently and securely store leftovers and fresh food but have a tendency to retain grease from the food. Using a plastic container with grease residue is neither appealing or sanitary and adds unwanted flavor and odor to the next food stored in the container. Sometimes a grease-cutting dishwashing detergent isn't enough to get rid of the grease residue, but other supplies, commonly found around the home, can inexpensively aid in the removal of grease stains.
Things You'll Need
- Distilled white vinegar
- Baking soda
- Dishwashing detergent
- Kitchen towel
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Saturate a sponge with white vinegar. Allow the sponge to remain soaking wet, rather than wringing out the excess liquid.
Sprinkle baking soda over the sponge to lightly cover the surface. Scrub the grease stains on the plastic surface with the vinegar and baking soda mixture. Both ingredients deodorize while the vinegar cuts through the grease and the baking soda adds a safe, mild abrasive.
Rinse the plastic with warm water to remove the baking soda residue. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to remove any remaining grease residue.
Fill the plastic container with hot water and add a few drops of dishwashing detergent. Scrub the interior and exterior of the container with the sponge. Rinse with warm water and dry the container with a kitchen towel.