How do you get a nasty odor out of a plastic rubbermaid food storage container?
I just found a container that had been in my fridge for (apparently) quite some time (I was wondering where it was). After emptying it, letting it soak in hot, soapy water and washing it several times, it still stinks. Is there a way to get rid of the foul odor?
I know that hose things absorb odors like crazy. Maybe try some lemon juice. It seems to be good for stuff like that.
Should I soak it in lemon juice? lol it's really bad... or would washing it suffice you think?
Yep, I would just squirt a little bit and rub it around. Then let it sit for a bit and wash it out again. Baking soda is a good idea too. Just a little bit, it's fairly cheap.
What about just throwing it away and getting another one? Smells are tough to get out of tupperware, especially the really bad smells.
You look familiar by the way!
Apply a liberal coating of bi-carbonate of soda and leave it without the lid on.
Try scrubbing it with baking soda and rinse. After drying if it still smells, pour some more baking soda in the container and close with the lid. If after a week it still smells, put some vinegar in it. The problem with the vinegar is that then you'll need to get that smell out.
Daughter......It can sometimes depend on "what" was in there. I find that I usually have results with a strong solution of pure lemon juice (Real Lemon Concentrate)........left to soak....in the sun, if you can....for hours....even overnight.
Now.....from one home maker to another.....if you wind up using numerous products to get this odor out.....figure out the $$ you're spending. If the odor won't budge, 1st. check with Rubber Maid's "guarantee". Call or email the company and see if they won't send you a FREE container?.....OR buy a new one and use the stinky one outdoors somewhere! Save yourself!! LOL
Oh brilliant, I didn't think of contacting Rubbermaid lol. I'l try jonny's idea (since it's free) and check their website at the same time. Thank you!!!
I kind of like cristale's idea of putting a different (nice smelling) food in it.......I suggest CHOCOLATE cake!!
lmao, I really don't want to run the risk of my yummy chocolate cake smelling like bad broccoli.... EEEWWWW!!! Ick yuck... can you imagine if it tasted like that???
Daughter....Do you mean to say, you've never eaten chocolate-coated broccoli??? What a sheltered life you lead!! lol
Some of you might cringe at this idea, but it comes from my knowledge and experience of the "natural" world. I.e., I have been really into composting for a long time, quite successful too in general.
What I would try is this: find some nice moist top-soil. The sort you would be growing plants in. Not wet and anaerobic, this might bring further "smell" problems.
I would fill the container with this soil and leave it for a week or two. Provided the soil is active, with lots of natural organisms withing it, I reckon the smell would be gone when you cleaned it out and then gave it a good wash.
All that energetic cleaning you have been doing might have microscopically scratched the inner surface of the container. The smell is probably stuck into the fine scratches so your further cleaning does not move it. My theory is that the microbes in the soil will remove it. A light rinse with hot soapy water should remove the soil and leave it non-smelly and clean.
If you feel like trying this and it does not work, then all you have is a container for growing plants in.
EM, i.e. Effective Micro-organisms might do the trick. Google this to find out more about it.
Lactic acid bacteria might help. Fill the container with milk and allow it to go sour and moldy over a week or two.
That's actually a brilliant idea. I've got a compost pile going in the backyard, I should probably use the dirt from that? My soil is nothing but clay and sand (hence the compost pile).
Two years later, I am wondering if Daughter of Maat tried the experiment and whether it worked or not.
i heard that lemon juice or vinegar should get rid of it but it didn't work out for me. I just leave it in the water and keep changing it
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