Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Works For You Wednesday



This week for Works For Me Wednesday, it's Backwards Day! Instead of giving a great idea,we are asking for answers/ideas/advice for a specific question we may have.

My question is this:

I buy Tupperware at yard sales and thrift stores. Much of it, especially the older styles, has a musty smell inside. The smell doesn't go away after repeated baths in the dishwasher either. I know I'm not the only one who buys used Tupperware. How can I get rid of the smell?

9 comments:

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

Put the Tupperware in the sink and fill it with hot hot hot water and a little bit of household bleach and let them sit like that all day. Just don't forget there's BLEACH in them, like I did recently.

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

By "it" I mean each individual piece of tupperware, not the sink. Fill the Tupperware with water and bleach. Sorry.

Riverview Street said...

Hello;
Lemon juice and baking soda work quite well. You would have to do it for each individual tupperware item, but the smell should go away.
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer.
Blessings,
Maria

Melissa said...

i think there's also a tube of stuff you can add to your dishwasher that will clean your tuperware containers. it's red with green lettering? i used it once when i had a ton of containers to clean and it worked pretty well. found it in the section with the cleaners and soaps.

kel said...

Have you tried putting a bunch of vinegar in it and letting it sit a while. I know vinegar absorbs bad smells.

Leigh said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. It really helps to know there are people just like me out there! After a while, it seems like everyone else is "normal" except me, which I'm sure you know about :)

I would try baking soda as that generally works for me with kitchen smells :)

Meg said...

Peroxide works well too, and isn't as hazardous as bleach. I too know the Opps, that had bleach in it boo boos.

Ewokgirl said...

I have some old Tupperware pitchers that my mom passed on to me. They taint the drinks stored in them with a faint plastic taste. I asked a Tupperware lady about that, and she suggested I clean them well with baking soda. I haven't tried it yet, but that's the advice I was given straight from a Tupperware rep.

Kim said...

Crushed newspapers dowsed in vinegar - put the lid on and let side overnight at least - then wash as usual.