9 of the rules, prolonging the life of plastic containers

February 1, 2017

They are very convenient to bring food from home and store your stocks in the refrigerator. How to make so that these containers serve you longer?

Be careful with use in a microwave oven

Even if the container says that it is suitable for heating in the microwave, you should not abuse this. So, bring food to the boil and moreover prepare it raw foods is not worth it categorically. Even if the container won’t warp from overheating, it can absorb the smells and colors of food.

Therefore, heat until warm meals, but if you want it hot — better put the food in glass or ceramic dish.

Be careful with the dishwasher, too

Make sure that the manufacturer of a plastic dish indicated that it is suitable for washing in the dishwasher. Otherwise, after washing the covers for the containers can adhere tightly.

If the containers are designed for washing in the dishwasher

Place them on the top shelf basket for dishes and make sure the lids from the containers not to fall down. If you place the cover at the bottom of the grid, it can one of the corners while washing to fall between the bars and touch the heating element in the sump of the dishwasher. Or just stay dangerously close to it. In this case, the cover may melt or deform from excessive heat.

Preventing spots from staining products

When appropriate, you can use a simple trick to prevent the paint container of food. So, if you are going to store in it tomato sauce, pre-lubricate the inside of the container with a thin layer of vegetable oil (with paper towel or spray oil). The oil will create a protective layer between food and plastic. This technique will lose its effectiveness if you will heat the contents right in the container.

The plastic is dyed? Soak the container in a weak bleach solution

A solution of a tablespoon of chlorine bleach per Cup of warm water. Make sufficient solution to ensure that it will cover all the stains inside. Soak for no longer than 30 minutes, and then wash in hot water with soap. And, since this is bleach, rinse with clear water several times. Finally, soak the container in clean warm water for the same 30 minutes and then drain it. The smell of chlorine will not.

Always rinse the container once it is emptied

The faster you wash an empty box from under the lunch, the less odor it will eat. Ideally, you should wash warm water with soap, but this possibility is not always available. At least just wash the remnants of food, especially in the grooves of the caps.

Remove odors with baking soda

Already smelling the containers can be returned to the original state with the help of baking soda. Rinse the container with warm water and soap, then sprinkle baking soda and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Then gently, without effort, so as not to scratch the plastic, wipe the soda is very damp sponge. And rinse soda off the walls of water.

If it still smells, try a newspaper or coal

In clean but smelling the container, place crumpled newspaper or pour the charcoal for barbecue. Cover and leave for a day or two, that smell is absorbed into the filler. After that, wash your container with soap and water again.

When it’s time to admit that the container needs to be changed

In the end, they are a finite resource use. If the container is deformed, the cover fits tightly and stubborn stains and odors any one of the following methods to remove it failed — it means it’s time to buy a new one.

According to the materials of Good Housekeeping. Photo: fotoimedia / Ingram.

Ekaterina Sarycheva

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