How To Remove Stains From Tupperware

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Removing stains from Tupperware is easier than you think. Try a few of these methods before you give up and get rid of your best Tupperware pieces. How to Remove Stains from Tupperware Containers

Tupperware containers are portable, convenient and they don’t break very easily. The downside to these containers is that they can become stained rather quickly. The good news is that there are some things you can do to remove stains from Tupperware containers.

Clean with vinegar – Vinegar is ideal for getting stains out of Tupperware containers. First, wash the Tupperware using hot water and mild dish soap. Then, rinse the containers with warm water and add some white vinegar. Let the vinegar set for five minutes, pour out the vinegar and wash again with hot water and mild dish soap.

Clean with baking soda – To get those stubborn stains from your Tupperware containers, baking soda is your answer. The cleansing properties in baking soda not only help to get rid of stains but also to get rid of odors as well. All you need to do is create a paste of hot water and baking soda. Rub the paste onto the inside of the container let it set overnight and then rinse with warm water.

Clean with bleach – You probably already know that bleach pretty much cleans about anything. To get rid of stains using bleach, combine two parts of water and one part of bleach. Let this solution soak in the container for an hour. Then, scrub the container using hot water and dish soap.

Clean with Alka Seltzer – Alka Seltzer is not just great for dentures but it also works well as a stain remover. Just add two Alka Seltzer tablets to a container with hot water. Then, just allow to sit overnight and rinse the container with warm water.

Leave out in the sun – Letting Tupperware sit out in the sunshine is much like sitting out in the sunshine in order to bleach your hair. Leave the containers out on the deck or porch for 3-4 hours and the sun will instantly fade the stains. Once you bring the container back inside, be sure to wash it with warm water and dish soap.

Have you used any of these methods to remove stains from Tupperware?


Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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    May 19, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    would this work for other plastic ware as well?

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      Michele Brosius
      May 19, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      It should work on all plastic ware, unless it’s damaged from microwave use.

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    Dorothy Teel
    May 23, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Thank for some great ideas, I have never heard the one about denture tablets, but that is a great one, I have thrown away more Tupperware in the past then I should of because it would get so stained, thank you will try some of these like vinegar and denture tablets.

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    May 31, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I haven’t tried any of these methods. I’ll try leaving them out in the sun first since summer’s coming.

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    Julie Wood
    June 10, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I need to get my Tupperware cleaned and I think the best way is to try vinegar first. I have some stains that are hard to get out, and this sounds like a great tip to try!

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    June 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing :o]


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    June 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

    What great ideas for cleaning Tupperware. I have to try some of these.
    Thanks for the ideas,

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    June 23, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    These are some great tips! I’m going to try them on my plastic tubs this week. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    June 24, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    These tips are all so helpful! I love all of my tupperware, but I’m never happy with how clean they get. I’ve never heard of just leaving your tupperware out in the sun to fade stains away, maybe I’ll give it a try this week! Thanks for sharing!

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    Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai
    June 26, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    These are awesome tips! There’s nothing worse than ugly stained tupperware. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

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    Kelsea Sullivan
    May 5, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Love all of your suggestions! I’ll definitely have to try out a few on some of my containers that have been stained by some leftover italian meals of mine!

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    July 13, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I had some beet stains in my Tupperware bowls and a soak with oxy clean did the trick for me.

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    J Koster
    August 2, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Rub with used up lemon peels and leave in the sun, is how I do it.

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    Rose Terry
    May 2, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Another way that works pretty good is to take your Dishwasher Power and make a paste with water and rub it on the stains and let it set for a while. Then rub at it after a while. Scrubs off some stains pretty good!

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    January 7, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    My 93 yeR young grandmother has what I call a kitchen caddy. It sits next to her stove and holds her spatulas, spoons,and plastic utensils and has become dirty and tacky and I’m having a hard time getting it clean. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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      Michele Brosius
      January 8, 2018 at 10:42 am

      HI Sharmain, With age Tupperware just wears out. If the stickiness doesn’t come off in the dishwasher or with a good baking soda scrub, you may have to replace it. Thanks for stopping by Good luck!

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    September 29, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Hello Michelle thanks for the info, i have tried vinegar, baking soda+ dawn overnight but i did not use hot water for soaking just faucet water. I will try it again. Thank you again and God’s blessings. You have nice looking children.

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      Michele Brosius
      September 30, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks for the compliments. Sorry to hear nothing is working. Sometimes it’s just to far gone to get the stains removed. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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    Suzanne Lomax
    August 7, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    I in heredity some older Tupperware, how do I recondition it? the Tupperware is bitter and brakes easily

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      Michele Brosius
      August 12, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      Once it’s brittle there is no going back. It may be covered under the guarantee. Try for assistance. Good luck!

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