How to Remove Tomato Stains from Tupperware

I have used baking soda to answer some of your great questions and I wanted to revisit some of those, as well as give you another tip for how to use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.
I’m really excited to share this next tip with you because it’s something I just discovered last night!  Do you ever store pasta with red sauce in tupperware?  If you do then you can understand the frustration of still having an orange residue left on the tupperware, even after you’ve washed it thoroughly with soap and water! Does this look familiar to you?
I’ve always wondered what is the best way to remove tomato stains from my tupperware and last night I discovered the answer! I had this tupperware soaking in my sink and I thought, “baking soda is good for pretty much anything and everything so maybe I’ll try putting some in this tupperware to see if it will get it clean.”  Honestly, I was half-way not expecting it to work but I’m glad I grabbed my camera anyways! Check this out…
Immediately after pouring the Arm & Hammer Baking Soda into my tupperware the baking soda started to absorb the color!!!  I couldn’t believe my eyes! I only let it set for as long as it took me to set my camera down and pick up the sponge, so maybe 15 seconds.  Then I added a couple drops of water and scrubbed the baking soda all around the tupperware and it instantly came clean.  The baking soda, water mixture turned bright orange and when I rinsed the tupperware with water it was clean as new!
Can you believe it!?!  And all these years I’ve just thrown away tupperware because I couldn’t get that orange stain out.  I wish I had known that all I needed was a little Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and some water!

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  1. I use baking soda in my washing machine with every load. I also use it to help clean up any "presents" my animals leave me. Today I bought some Arm & Hammer Washing Soda to make my own dishwasher detergent, and I'm thinking about switching to homemade laundry soap too!! I think I'll have to try your tupperware trick today. It looks like fun. :-)

  2. I can't believe this works so well! I've always lined my tubs with cling film before pouring in the sauce which works well but cling film can't be recycled. In fact along with crisp packets it's the only other thing that can't be recycled in our house! Now I don't need it anymore, hurrah! Thanks again Anna! x

  3. Ack! I'm pulling orange tupperware containers out of my cabinets NOW to do this! That is one of my biggest pet peeves! Thanks for the tip!

  4. That's great to know that baking soda will work on the pasta sauce grime!I actually use baking soda about twice a week to wash my hair. The other two times I use a natural bar. I love how my hair feels now since I started this routine. I won't be going back to commercial shampoos anytime soon!

  5. We use baking soda to freshen our refrigerator.mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  6. OH I use baking soda for EVERYTHING : Cleaning the flat top stove, brushing teeth, laundry booster, and to freshen the cat liter box! So many uses, truly a life saver when it comes to messes! :)

  7. Love the cleaning of plastic ware idea!

  8. I would always try to save a tomato based sauce in a glass container, but would always forget and get that orange stuff in my tupperware. Now I know how to get it off! Thanks, Anna.

  9. That is such a great idea! I am going to go on a hunt tonight to find all my stained tupperware! I can't wait to see the magic happen! I am your newest follower!Jeni @ Becoming Martha

  10. Great tip!

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  12. My favorite way to use Baking Soda is to clean the hard spots off of my Crockpot bowl and also to help remove oil from a pot if I'm deep drying something. I'll just cover the whole pot basin with Baking Soda, let it sit overnight to absorb all the oil and then wash it like I would normall with dish soap and a scrub brush. It's awesome!!

  13. I just found out about your blog. I can't wait to look back at all the tips you have. I'm also going to follow your blog.

  14. Hooray for saving tupperware! My husband has thrown so much tupperware away because he can't stand to see them grimy looking. This will save us so much money because I won't have to buy more!

  15. This is news to me. We don't use many plastic containers anymore but when we do they always get stained. I'm gonna try this asap.

  16. oh my gosh- I am so glad to have found your blog! I have recently started making my own dishwasher soap and am moving on to other cleaning products. I am constantly amazed at the versatility of baking soda!

  17. I haven't cleaned with baking soda before, but you have inspired me to try it! I am already making a list of the things I want to

  18. I love baking soda! Very versatile in cleaning and safe at the same time.tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  19. I just used it last night to clean my sink! I also have boxes in the refrigerator and freezer. I can't wait to try this trick!

  20. Commented here-Arm & Hammer Baking Soda: the One and Only of it's Kind

  21. I love baking soda also – use for everything – cleaning sinks, stained pots and pans, the refrigerator etc. etc could go on and on – It is the best.

  22. Baking soda is the best toothpaste ever!deedbyrne1[at]gmail[dot]com

  23. I use baking soda to wash my hair. And it works, too! I'm blogging about it this summer, feel free to stop by and check out my most recent post about it.

  24. Baking soda has been my best friend at cleaning for a while now:) It's amazing how much we can save using this simple inexpensive product!Kiss

  25. I love all the ways baking soda works. It doesn't harm the invironment. Enjoy your blog. I haven't been following you long. Jacque

  26. I use baking soda to clean my disposal. When I change the box in the frig I dump some into the disposal. I pour in some vinegar,and let it bubble awhile. Then rinse with hot water.

  27. Can't beat baking soda for cleaning!

  28. oh man! this is almost too good to be true! its so simple! I have GOT to try this! I just found your blog today thanks to Pinterest and I am glad I did!!email starbehindthescenes at yahoo dot com

  29. I use baking soda for soo many things! That and vinegar are my two main cleaning supplies!

  30. Baking soda is my go to product. I buy it by the 13.5 pound bag in COSTCO. I discovered the baking soda Tupperware cleaning routine a few years ago in an act of pure desperation and it hasn't failed me yet. Baking soda and white vinegar are two items I can't live without.

  31. Basically all my plastic containers look like this. I'm definitely going to try it. I mean, if baking soda is working on absorbing the wet dog smell in our new house, why not pasta sauce stains?

  32. I make a mixture of baking soda, dish detergent, and hot water to clean up any type of pet mess — including the marks my dog leaves by rubbing up against the same part of the wall every night!

  33. That is a BRILLIANT idea!

  34. I use baking soda to clean the "gunk" from silverware I purchase at thrift stores to make my keyrings. I don't even have to use a towel or anything normally. Just make a past with the baking soda and warm water, and "scrub" the paste in with my fingers. It's great for getting all the little nooks & crannies! :)

  35. I remember using a baking soda/dishsoap combination in college to clean our walls for the white glove check. This stuff is amazing!

  36. thanks for the tip! I've only used baking soda in my fridge.pokergrl8 at

  37. Hooray! I love learning new baking soda tricks! Thanks for the great tip! :)slcsorensen [at] hotmail [dot] com

  38. I love all of your tips! They are very helpful!ah05086 [at] georgiasouthern [dot] edu

  39. Like the tip about getting sauce off of plastic storage containers. My email is

  40. So good to know all the things you can do with baking soda! sarahcaroline04 (at) gmail (dot) com

  41. One of the newbies from Thanks for this idea. gethersno (at) gmail

  42. I am so happy I found your blog. It has helped me (and my house) so much! Thanks for all your great tips and tricks! jeni[dot]edvalson[at]gmail[dot]com

  43. I love using baking soda! Such a useful (and cheap!) product! egill[at]rams[dot]colostate[dot]edu

  44. Wow! Thanks for sharing that! I am so excited to try it out! I love watching things clean up so nice and new looking! I am a new follower!

  45. I use it in the litter box. won2xx at gmail dot com

  46. Use it in my fridge and in veggie wash

  47. We also use baking soda to clean tupperware. It does the trick, without any harmful chemicals (which I have to be mindful of, thanks to dh's allergies)runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  48. Wow what a great tip. I have never really used baking soda for cleaning.. but I think I must start now. I too never knew how to get rid of that greasy orange stains, glad I know now! Thanks!And what a great giveaway! I would love to enter. :)

  49. Arm & Hammer Baking soda is a staple in my house. I use it to deodorize my fridge and freezer, and even sprinkle it on the bottom of my trash bins to deodorize. But I did not know that it would take the pasta sauce stain out of tupperware. Great tip. Thanks.

  50. Ok, I'm leaving you a comment but it was really about the baking soda! lol! I LOVE using baking soda to clean. I also use it in my shampoo, which sounds weird, but it gives an extra cleaning to my hair! Especially when I use hair wax to style my pixie cut. And woohoo on the giftcard giveaway! :)

  51. Arm & Hammer is a staple around my house too! It has so many uses!

  52. I use baking soda for alot of things but have never thought to try it on tupperware stains. Great tip! Thanks.Connie

  53. So cool! I'm going to go try this right now! Sara

  54. That is seriously neat! I'm definitely giving this one a try and we are just always so thrilled when you share your tips (and parties!) with us at Inspiration Friday!Vanessa

  55. Ok…'ll know what I'll be doing tomorrow morning, Anna! lol! Thanks for this great tip!!! I'll share one with you I found out today. If you soak vintage lead-paint covered hardware (knobs, hinges, handles)in baking soda, the pain will slide right off. No more of those nasty strippers! :)xoxo laurie

  56. thanks for this giveaway, but even bigger thanks for this tip. I have also thrown away containers because the stain just grosses you out. This is awesome!

  57. I love Arm&Hammer baking soda. I use it all the time. Would love a chance to win. It's amazing what the baking soda did with the orange color in the bowl. Amazing uses.Email: tenotspam-farmgirl@yahoo.comThanks,Ruth

  58. thanks so much for the tips!

  59. Wow! That's a great tip for cleaning the orange stain off tupperware! Thanks!

  60. I buy the large size bag of Arm and Hammer baking soda. Yes, I use it that much.

  61. Thanks for sharing. I love using things that I have around the house to clean that aren't toxic! I always use vinegar diluted with water to clean countertops and glass. I love it. Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

  62. I use baking soda for a number of things but just recently I learned how to make my own carpet freshner and it has saved me a ton of money from buying the ones in the store that cost 2.00 or more.Baking soda (buy big bag from cosco) Dollar tree oil fragrace extracts by the candlesMix throughly and store in a empty container with lids (I use a old coffee mate can)Buy a glass sprinkle container that u use for poweder sugar and fill up as needed..Smells good good for the enviroment and safe around u kids and pets

  63. Glad to learn of another wonderful use for baking soda!

  64. I use baking soda to clean my litter box AND I mix it in with the litter. Smells clean and fresh! I scrub stains out of white clothes with it. No chlorine smell!

  65. Yep…another baking soda household here as well.I just finished 'scrubbing' my kitchen sink…my hubs has been doing a few small painting jobs around the house and has been washing out the small paintbrushes in my kitchen sink…eeek!!After looking at the dried on paint splatters in my sink for a few days now…I got out my handy dandy box of baking soda sprinkled it around an rubbed it down with my dishcloth…you guessed it…no more paint splatters…yay!! Oh & a super shiny purty sink as a bonus. :){cheles2kids at hotmail dot com}

  66. I poor a half cup of baking soda followed by a cup of warm white vinegar down my kitchen and bathroom drains to eradicate nasty odors. Works like a charm.

  67. I do the baking soda + vinegar cleaning to my bathroom and kitchen drains for odors too. I also think it helps prevent clogs since it should clean the pipes a bit as well as deodorize them. –

  68. So glad I found your blog! I will have to try baking soda on those stained tubberwares. Thanks for the chance to win!

  69. I like to use baking soda with a little lemon to scrub the kitchen sinks. Works great and smells fresh!

  70. Great tips! I love baking soda.P.S. I am having a giveaway on my blog. There are great organizational tools and charts for moms and kids. I hope you will enter.

  71. We also use baking soda to wash our teeth and for cleaning but I am glad to know more about it's uses! Thanks for the tip, Anna! Have alovely weekend!hugs,Lelanie

  72. i used baking soda over the weekend to clean out a NASTY fridge that had been 'abandoned' in a rented house. by the time i was done, it looked brand new inside and out!

  73. amazing, amazing tips!! love your blog!! i am going to clean my washing machine as per your instructions right NOW!! thanks for a great site…

  74. Thanks, Anna! I will definitely be trying this on my stained tupperware! I'm glad I don't have to just keep throwing it out :)

  75. My grandmother always used baking soda in her laundry, and it's always been a great way to clean your clothes.ccboobooy at gmail dot com

  76. I have been using glass for a long time just for this reason… now I can use whatever is handy without thinking twice. Thanks Anna! I love your tips. I just might throw some in my ickiest laundry messes too… it couldn't hurt to freshen up some.

  77. !!! Thank you so much! This is my new favorite tip -I’m sharing it with everyone.

  78. Wow great tip, containers with tomato stains look awful! Off to give it a try!

  79. Thank you for all of your cleaning tips! I enjoy your posts! Just want to add something in case some of your readers have difficulty getting *old* stains out of their Tupperware. If it doesn’t come out with the baking soda method, try setting it out in the sun. Magic–no more plastic stains!

  80. Brandi says:

    I use a splash of straight bleach to get stains off of my Tupperware then run them through the dishwasher to make sure the bleach is washed off. It takes the stains right off.

  81. you can also clean carrot stains with cooking oil all you need is some kitchen roll and a drop of cooking oil dab the kitchen roll in the oil and wipe around item that is stained it might even remove tomato stains as well .

  82. Cynthia says:

    Thank you Anna , i got upset that some of my tupperwares are being ruined by red sauce. I will try it today for sure.

  83. Norma Leibner says:

    It didn’t work for my Tupperware. I don’t know why but I made a paste with it and left it on all day and still nothing! Any ideas?

  84. Yeah, didn’t make a dent for me… how do I keep the baking soda on the crud that collects on the sides?

    • Bethany Davis says:

      Hi, Will! This is Bethany, Anna’s assistant. Anna suggested that you first get the Tupperware wet all around the sides and then sprinkle the baking soda on top, and then scrub it with a scrub brush or sponge. If you need an extra de-greaser, try using blue Dawn, as that should help cut out the grease and get rid of the stain. Thanks!

  85. Hi Anna

    Thank you so much for the information regarding using baking soda to clean Tupperware. I too haven many occasions despaired of getting a tomato stain container clean and thrown them away……but never again. The Tupperware industry’s profits will now decline!!

    Warn Regards