Tomato Stains in Tupperware
It only takes owning one piece of Tupperware to be sold on its outstanding quality. However sometimes our Tupperware can become stained and it is disheartening to see our high quality Tupperware with these type of stains. One of the hardest stains to deal with is that of tomato based products. Here are some tips on what you can do to get those stains out and to prevent tomato stains from appearing on your Tupperware.
Preventing Tomato Stains
First of all, prevention is always the best way when it comes to tomato stains and Tupperware, or any plastic container for that matter. So here are two tips on how to prevent tomato stains from occurring in the first place.
Wait for tomato based products to cool down before putting them in your Tupperware. The reason for this is that hot tomato actually opens the pores in plastic causing the tomato to enter. Then once the tomato cools, the pores close. This means the tomato is inside your Tupperware and once this happens it will be nearly impossible to get out.
Spray your Tupperware with cooking spray before putting tomato based products in it. Spray it thoroughly and completely. This will provide a coating that will cut down the chances that the tomato will stain.
Getting Tomato Stains Out
If you already have tomato stains they can be a bear to get out. Here are a few things you can try but there is no guarantee they will remove the stains completely.
Use some dishwashing soap and make paste with it by adding a small amount of waste. Rub the paste into the tomato stains and let it sit for about 30 to 45 minutes. Rinse off the paste and hopefully a good percentage of the stains will come out.
Fill the stained container with water and add about one tablespoon of bleach. Let it sit for 30 to 45 minutes. Then remove the water and rinse the container thoroughly. This should help remove the tomato stain.
You can simply leave the bowl out in the sun and let the sun bleach the tomato stains naturally. My concerns about this method is that if left in the sun too long the Tupperware can eventually become brittle, especially since you will need to leave it in the sun for several hours.
Mix cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide to form a paste. The paste should have the consistency of a thick sauce. Use this paste as a scrub on the tomato stains.
I have always found white vinegar to be a good, natural cleaner. Soak a sponge in white sponge and sprinkle some baking soda on the sponge. This creates a little scrubber that is not as likely to scratch your Tupperware as regular scrubbers. The mixture of vinegar and baking soda is a strong cleaner that has been known to get tomato stains out of plastic.
The acid in lemon juice is good for breaking down stains. You can give this a try for stains that are quite as stubborn to require bleaching. Several of my friends have used lemon juice to remove tomato stains in their Tupperware, but I have never personally tried it.
If you try these things and the stains don't come out, then they probably are engrained within the Tupperware. This happens if hot tomato based foods are put in the container before they are allowed to cool down. If you can't get the tomato stains out using the above tips consider allowing tomato based foods to cool down before putting them in your Tupperware in the future. Also, try cooking them with cooking spray first.
Take care not to stain your Tupperware. Tupperware does have a lifetime warranty, but that warranty does not cover stains.
How to Remove Tomato Stains from Tupperware
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