How to remove stubborn stains from food containers … kitchen helper


Like everyone, we’re always keen to reduce food waste and save dollars so taking last-night’s dinner leftovers to work for lunch is a no-brainer. But while we love tucking into a piece of lasagne or a cheeky spag bol heated in the office microwave, we don’t love those pesky orange stains that get on the container and just won’t budge. It seems no matter how much you scrub, those tomato-based stains just don’t disappear. But guess what? We’ve got something that will banish them for good.

The secret to removing that orange tint is a combination of washing up detergent, bicarbonate of soda and water. Make a mixture of 2 tablespoons of bicarb, ½ teaspoon detergent and 1 teaspoon of water in the stained container and leave it to sit for 20 minutes, then scrub and rinse. Repeat if needed.

Plastic containers stain because they can absorb the sauce if the food is added to the container while hot, or if the container is used for reheating a tomato-based food in the microwave. To avoid this, use glass containers for these types of foods.

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