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?
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
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.
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