Easy Way To Get Rid Of Odours From Tupperwares, Plastic Containers



Good evening, dear friends :D


How many of you are as crazy as I am over the Tupperware brand of beautiful and colourful plastic containers? :lol: Well, I have been buying and accumulating many types of plastic containers over the years and keeping them in my kitchen cabinets (not using most of them like I should! :roll:). During my kitchen decluttering 2 weeks ago, I decided to put some of them to use, and have my things in the kitchen cabinets organized into colourful containers. :wink:



However, I have this Tupperware water jug that I have been using for 5 years without a lid, because the lid smells strongly of plastic! :roll: So much so that if I were to put the lid on my jug, the water would smell strongly of plastic, too, thereby making the water undrinkable !

Anyway, I found this jug’s cover during my decluttering and decided to do a little experiment to remove the odour. Previously, I had tried boiling the lid, putting the lid in the hot sun for 1 whole day, and soaking it in vinegar…..but the terrible smell still persisted.

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Because I love the vinegar-baking soda “magic” solution so much, I decided to try this way and this was what I did :-

1) dismantle the plastic lid into its various parts and put them in a bowl.

2) into the bowl, I poured 1/2 cup of white vinegar

3) and added 1 tbsp of baking soda

4) lastly, I poured 2 cups of hot water (not boiling), enough to cover the plastic lid. Stir to mix the solution thoroughly.

5) leave to soak for 2 days


…..Voila! The smell is completely gone and I am so happy that I can finally use the lid together with the Tupperware water jug. :lol: From now onwards, I will use this easy method to remove any odour from my plastic containers. :wink:

Hope this works for you, too, especially if you have bought new plastic containers that have weird odours in them. :D

28 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Baking soda and vinegar is just amazing!!! I never clean without it.


  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello, there “It’s Crazy Delicious”,

    Yes, I agree with you totally. Baking soda and vinegar is so wonderful to use for cleaning.

    Just a few days ago, I tested this cleaning solution and used it to clean my polished floor tiles in my living room and the homogeneous floor tiles in my kitchen. Wow, now my polished floor tiles are so shiny that they reflect things on it like a mirror. :shock: Only problem is, the floor is very slippery when we put baking soda on it and so we have to be extra careful – I wore a pair of non-skid sliippers as I scrubbed my floors. :wink: :roll:


    choesf :D


  3. 3

    Cosmo Smith said,

    alright, i’ll try it


  4. 4

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    I hope this works for you as well, dear Cosmo Smith! :D

    With peace and joy,

    choesf :D


  5. 5

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful cleaning solution. As a Tupperware Consultant I am constantly asked many questions about cleaning and caring for the investment my customers make in our products. Now I have a tried and true answer for some of those questions. I came across your website by accident and I am so glad I did!

    ~Katrenia Dilks
    Tupperware Consultant
    PTA Mom

    This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!


  6. 6

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    You are very welcome, dear Katrenia :D

    Oh, I just love Tupperware products and I have been using them for more than 20 years. They just get better and better….and also, more expensive these days! :cry:

    Have a wonderful day!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf :D


  7. 7

    Waiem said,

    I love reading yr blog!

    Today I just made my first batch of fruit enzyme, looking forward to testing it out.

    I’ve also been interested in cleaning with vinegar, however I notice there a few types of vinegar sold in the supermarket. eg distilled vinegar, rice vinegar, etc. Which is the ‘correct’ one to use?



    • 8

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Waiem :D

      Thank you for your kind comments. :D

      I’m glad you have ventured into making your own fruit cleaning enzymes – I guarantee you will be very pleased with their cleaning results. :wink:

      Since the vinegar is to be used for cleaning, I usually go for the plain, commercial one that is the cheapest on the shelf – I forgot the name but I think it is called “artificial distilled or white vinegar” ? :oops: If you use a lot of vinegar for cleaning…..it is cheaper to buy it in bulk – I usually buy the 5 kg (yes, that particular type was sold in kg, not litres) size. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D


  8. 9

    Grace said,

    Good tip. White vinegar cleans ANYTHING (in the house). I was just recently exposed to the wonderful use of white vinegar to clean carpet stains (old or new). Just spray and scrub!


    • 10

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear Grace :D:

      I so agree with you that white vinegar is such a wonderful cleaning agent. Heheh, you are speaking my “lingo’ – just spray and scrub. :idea:

      Do check out my posts on homemade fruit cleaning enzymes and their wonderful cleaning powers –

      Homemade Cleaning Fruit Enzymes

      Happy Cleaning!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D


      • 11

        Archie Bunker said,

        I just bought some Tupperware bowls from 1954,they are so old they have the tupper barking seal logo on the bottom! (guess I can use them to store my seal food)..anyway they have a plastic and garlic odor inside even after they’ve been washed,would the white vinegar be safe to use on the vintage pieces?


      • 12

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hi there and welcome, dear Archie :D

        Wow, you have vintage Tupperware bowl collectibles! I first bought mine in the 70’s and have a collection of them.

        Frankly, I’m not sure if the white vinegar would be safe to use on your vintage Tupperware bowls :oops: . Have you tried leaving your bowls in the sun to air them for a while? May that may help to remove the odours. :idea:

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D


  9. 13

    Barbara said,

    I think everyone is missing the point. Why are these toxic smells in the the plastics? They never used to be there. To boil the plastic and still not be able to use the lid is simply unacceptable as well as having to go to such lengths and using more products (baking soda & vinegar) to make a purchase useable.


    • 14

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Barbara :D

      Thank you for your comments.

      I’m not sure if the plastic smells are toxic as well. Given that Tupperware is such a big household name and brand, I would assume that their products are safe to use?

      Do have a wonderful day!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D


  10. 15

    drwho said,

    Don’t count on smelly plastic products being safe…..



    • 16

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear drwho :D

      Thank you for your comments and the link. Will be sure to avoid smelly plastic products. :wink:

      I hope Tupperware products are not made in China. :roll: Even if so, I hope there are made under stringent controls under the Tupperware brand.

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D


    • 17

      Archie Bunker said,

      Who buys anything made in china??
      There are plenty of pieces from the 50’s and 60’s made in America back during the glory days of our country when we still took pride in making quality products…buying vintage items is the best form of “recycling” (for those hippie types out there who are worried about that sort of thing)


      • 18

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Yes, things made back in those days were so durable and of higher quality. :wink:

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D


  11. 19

    Jennifer said,

    I’m excited to try this. I have some plastic shaker bottles I use for shakes and they always smell terrible even after I wash them! It’s just so horrible that I don’t want to keep using it because it makes me lose my appetite.


  12. 21

    […] (this tip is adapted from the tip I found here)   1. Pour 1 cup white vinegar into the bucket, sink, […]


  13. 22

    To get rid of smell in Tupperware bowls , a friend of mine told me to put newspaper in the bowl and close it up. After a few days I tried it , and it worked..


    • 23

      Hi there, dear Doris :D

      Now, that’s a really easy tip for removing smells in Tupperware bowls – I will try that out! Thank you for sharing this tip :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D


      • 24

        Yvonne said,

        Does it have to be newspaper or will any paper work — I have a bunch of shredded paper and wonder if that would work as well?


      • 25

        Hi, Yvonne :D

        I didn’t try out that newspaper tip – but I would think that would be just the newspaper?

        Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D


  14. 26

    subbu said,

    i have brought petrol in tupperware bottle one yr back but still it is smells as gasoil how to remove that smell from bottle


    • 27

      BH said,

      I don’t know about the smell but it is never safe for food now.


    • 28

      Hi there, dear subbu :D

      I would agree with BH that your Tupperware bottle may not be safe for food and drinks now. But if you still want to try getting rid of the odour from the bottle, you can try the method here, or put it in strong sunlight for a few days. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D


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