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Here’s What to Do to Avoid Smelly Tupperware

A two-part storage container is filled with meat and rice.
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Leftover lovers, your storage containers are about to thank you. There’s a hack online to help you avoid smelly Tupperware, and it’s so simple.

We’ve all been there before. We’ve put chili, spaghetti, or some other highly seasoned and scented food into a container, only to have it retain the strong smell after being run through the washer a couple of times. The good news, though, is that even if the smell remains, it’s unlikely to transfer to subsequent storage—but that doesn’t make it any less annoying to have to deal with. If you’ve got these stinky little containers around, you’ll be pleased to learn that there’s a way you can revamp them to their former glory: store them correctly.

According to product and culinary expert at Tupperware Chiara DeLeonibus, once you’ve washed and dried your Tupperware, don’t put the lids back on for storage. While we all may be inclined to add the top back for stacking purposes, keeping lids and containers separate will help the smell evaporate. DeLeonibus says that the same rule applies to recently washed items that still have condensation on them. You can avoid the musty smell by keeping lids removed.

So, the next time you store leftover food, try keeping the lids and containers separated.

[Via The Kitchn]

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