10 Ways To Remove Stains From Plastic
There is no denying that plastic is found pretty much everywhere in the kitchen, from utensils designed for nonstick cookware to our handy cutting boards. Because plastic is used so often, though, it is not uncommon for it to become discolored and stained. It is easy to assume that you are going to need to throw your items in the bin when this happens. However, you don’t need to do this. There are plenty of ways you can avoid spending the extra cash by simply getting rid of the stains instead. With that being said, read on to discover more about ten of the best ways to remove stains from plastic…
The first solution when it comes to removing stains from plastic is to use rubbing alcohol. You can use rubbing alcohol to get rid of soda stains, as well as juice, tomato paste, tomato sauce, tea, and coffee stains. It is also effective when getting rid of the discoloration that is caused by many types of food dyes. Typically, you will be able to get rid of the stains if you wash the plastic with detergent and water, or you simply rinse it with water, as soon as the alcohol has been applied. However, if this does not work and the stain is particularly stubborn, you may want to pour alcohol into the container and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Of course, if the item in question is not a container, you will need to find something to put it inside so that you can soak the plastic. Once the stain has been removed, make sure you wash and rinse the plastic thoroughly, and then dry it. If you do not have rubbing alcohol in your house, you can use hand sanitizer. This is essentially the same sort of thing because alcohol is the active ingredient in hand sanitizer. All you need to do is squirt some of the hand sanitizer onto the plastic. You should then rub it into the surface, wash the plastic, rinse it, and then dry it.
This is a bit of a more long-winded method. While it is straightforward, it can take a day or two. However, there are a lot of people who prefer this approach because it is natural and the smell of lemon adds freshness to their kitchen. In order to clean your plastic items with a lemon, you simply need to rub your containers and any other plastic items with lemon juice. You should then leave all of the plastic items in the sun for a day or two. The combination of the UV light from the sun and the lemon will remove the discoloration. It will also get rid of bacteria too.
You can also try the sanding method. For this approach, you are going to need a soft cloth, water, and some superfine sandpaper. It is important to note that this approach involves lightly sanding off the top layer of plastic. Therefore, it is important to keep this in mind. The purpose is to sand off the discolored plastic, leaving you with a layer of plastic that is white and new. To do this, you should first make sure you completely wipe down the piece of plastic in question. You can then rub the superfine sandpaper down the surface. This should remove the portions that have turned yellow. When you have finished doing this, use a moist cloth so you can get rid of any excess dust and clean the fresh surface. This method is particularly useful when it comes to thick pieces of plastic, for example, chopping boards. However, it is not so suitable when it comes to very thin pieces of plastic. After all, you are going to have trouble sanding a very thin container. However, if you have a thick white plastic chopping board that already has a bit of a rough surface, this approach is going to be ideal.
Baking Soda Paste
You can remove a wide range of stains by using baking soda. This is especially good for removing any sort of oily residues. In order to make baking soda paste, you will simply need to combine water and baking soda. You should then place the discolored plastic items into the solution for around 20 to 30 minutes. Once the time has passed, use a moist cloth to clean the container. Wash, rinse, and dry; it is as simple as that!
No, we’re not suggesting you cover the plastic items in the bleach that you put down your toilet. You need to use chlorine bleach to remove blemishes from plastic, and you need to go about it in the correct way too. This means mixing a solution of bleach and water. You should only use one tablespoon of bleach for every cup of water. Make sure you do not exceed these measurements. You can then place the plastic items insider of the container and let them soak. It is advisable to leave the plastic items in the solution for an hour or two. This will remove the stains. After this, you should wash the plastic thoroughly, and then rinse and dry it. Bleach is effective for removing a variety of stains, including tomato paste and tomato sauce stains, food dyes, tea, coffee, soda, juice, and ink stains.
White vinegar is another option you can go for and it works in a similar manner to bleach. You will use the exact same ratio as you were advised to when using chlorine beach. The process is exactly the same. A lot of people do not like using bleach, and so white vinegar is viewed as a much more comfortable option because it is a food-safe, natural substance, which is made with organic compounds. These organic compounds are absorbed by the body and so you do not have to worry about not washing and rinsing the plastic properly. Of course, you should still do this, but it gives people peace of mind knowing that something edible is coming into contact with their plastic kitchen items, rather than bleach! In fact, white vinegar even provides a number of different benefits in foods, for example, improve digestion. When it comes to cleaning, white vinegar is very useful. It spells death for virtually every single-celled organism, such as bacteria, and it kills viruses too. As well as being effective at removing stains, it is also good for getting rid of hard water spots.
Aside from the different options that have already been mentioned, another option is to use salt. This is a way to get rid of plastic that everyone can probably do right now. After all, you may not have baking soda or white vinegar in your home but you probably have salt, right? For this approach, you will simply need a damp cloth and some salt. You should rub the salt into the stain until it disappears. You may need to keep rubbing and rubbing for stubborn stains, but if you repeat the process, you should find that the yellow colour disappears. Once you have done this, wash the plastic thoroughly so that all of the salt is rinsed off the item.
You also have the hydrogen peroxide approach. For this, you will need goggles, rubber gloves, a large bowl or bucket, water, sunshine, oxy laundry booster, and hydrogen peroxide – the regular three percent type. In order to do this, you are always going to need to start by protecting yourself, which means wearing the goggles and the rubber gloves. Once you have done this, you can fill the bucket with the hydrogen peroxide. You should add a quarter of a tsp of the laundry booster per every gallon of peroxide. You should then place the items into the solution, allowing them to soak. If you cannot soak the items, for example, because they are too big, the best thing to do is to grab a paper towel and wet it with the solution. You should then squeeze the towel to make sure that it is not dripping. Once you’ve squeezed it, flatten the towel out, and press the towel against the item. You should notice that it sticks into place by itself. However, if this does not happen, don’t worry; simply get some plastic wrap and tape the plastic wrap so you can hold it into place. You then need to leave the plastic to soak. The length of time you should do this for varies depending on what is being soaked and how bad the stains are. This could be anything from two hours to six hours. The mixture will last for four days before you need to replace it, so you definitely have time on your side, but don’t leave your plastic items soaking for days and days on end. Once the items have soaked, you should then place them out in the sunshine. The UV rays will ensure your plastic gets back to the white shade it was when you first bought it. Once the desired level of whiteness has been achieved, remove the plastic from the su and rinse it thorughly. You need to take extra care here to make sure that all of the cleaning product residue is completely eradicated.
Next, we have denture tablets. A lot of people have tried this and recommended it online. After all; it makes logical sense, right? If these tablets are good at removing discoloration from dentures, surely they are going to be effective at doing the same job when it comes to plastic? Most people have found that it does the job well. The best way to go about it is to grab a container to put all of your plastic inside (unless the plastic itself is a container), and then pour in some hot water and two tablets. You simply need to let the plastic sit until all of the stains have gone. When this happens, wash your items, rinse, and dry!
Last but not least, we have alka seltzer, which works very much in the same way that denture tablets too. You should follow the same process, i.e. using the two tablets with warm water. You should then let your plastic sit for an hour or two before you wash all of the plastic. If you find that the stains have not come out,you should return the plastic items to the solution and leave it to sit overnight and you should find that the discoloration has disappeared by the morning.
So There You Have it
Ten of the different ways that you can remove stains from plastic. From using salt and lemon to trying denture tablets, there are so many different options! With all of the suggestions found above, you are bound to find something that you can easily do with the items you have in your house or by making a very small purchase. There is certainly no need to replace all of your plastic kitchen items as soon as you notice a stain. However, if the stain won’t seem to budge, you may want to think about looking into replacing your items, especially with things like cutting boards that are going to be coming into contact with food often.