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I was wondering if anyone has a tricks to get smells out of plastic. I saw and then had the kitchen at the hospital that I work at save me some really awesome containers that hold soup base--bouillon. It is a paste type base. So they smell very strong. My problem is that I have put dishwasher soup in with water to soak. Then washed them a couple of times. They do great at first then I put the lids on to see if the smells comes backand it does. I want to use these as Halloween containers. They are black and would be great for this. Anyone have any ideas for getting the smell out?? Help!!! Kathy
I have heard to stuff them with crunched up newspaper put on the lids and them sit for awhile. I havn't tried it, but it wouldn't cost anything to try.
My grandmother placed newspaper in ALL her plastic containers and they never smelled. She would just wash before using (of course!). If I am storing something long term I use plain white paper towels (we rarely buy newspapers since we are always online and/or watching tv).
I have no idea why or how it works but it has never failed me. The vinegar soak might also work but would leave its own smell, kwim?
You might also try making a paste with baking soda/water(not too thick but not runny either) and smearing it on the inside of containers and on the inside(underside) of the lids; let it set awhile then rinse out. Baking soda and vinegar seem to be the 2 great household cleansers but baking soda doesn't leave a smell (as far as I've noticed).
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Okay I did the vinegar and then like some said it smelled like vinegar. I put some paper towels inside. But I needed to make it up and send today. So I took the one that didn't have the strongest smell. I did put the candy inside a baggie. I hope you like what I did.