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Food containers will be as good as new: an unexpected life hack has taken the web by storm

Alina MilsentLife
How to clean food containers

Containers are quite practical in the kitchen, until they turn into containers with a strange greasy coating and unpleasant odor. All attempts to clean them with conventional detergents fail. Even a cycle in the dishwasher doesn't help.

Highly pigmented foods, such as tomato sauces, berries and spices, have intense colors that can remain on the surface of containers. The porous structure of the plastic allows these pigments to penetrate, leading to stains. Experts told us about a simple, albeit somewhat strange, method that will help to completely clean the containers.

A pharmacy product to help in the kitchen

Thanks to its properties, Alka-Seltzer helps remove food stains from containers. The combination of baking soda and citric acid in Alka-Seltzer creates a fizzing effect that effectively fights various stains without damaging the plastic. The versatility of Alka-Seltzer makes it a convenient and affordable solution to deal with annoying food stains, providing a simple and effective way to keep containers clean.

Food containers will be as good as new: an unexpected life hack has taken the web by storm

How to clean containers

  1. Fill an empty container with lukewarm (but not hot) water, as extreme temperatures can affect the plastic.
  2. Add 1-2 Alka-Seltzer tablets, depending on the volume of the container and the degree of contamination. The product will start working immediately when the fizzing reaction begins.
  3. Leave the solution in the container for one to two hours. For more stubborn stains, you can leave the solution overnight. After the soaking period, use a sponge or soft brush to scrub the inside of the container.
  4. After you have thoroughly cleaned the container, drain the solution and rinse it with clean water.

It is particularly effective for stains caused by greasy and pigmented food. Regularly treating your containers with this powerful cleaner will keep them in top condition and prevent unpleasant odors.

Although Alka-Seltzer is a cheap and easy solution to remove stubborn stains, there are several ways you can prevent them from appearing. One effective way is to use a special cooking spray. Before placing food in the container, simply cover the inside with a thin layer of safe, flavorless cooking spray - you can buy it at the store. This will create a barrier between the plastic surface and the pigments in the food, reducing the likelihood of intense colors from food and fat sticking to the plastic.

Experts also recommend choosing glass containers whenever possible. Unlike plastic, glass does not retain the colors or odors of previous contents, making it less prone to staining. Glass containers are also resistant to fats and acidic foods.

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