It’s hard to argue against the virtues of Tupperware—those plastic containers sure do come in handy, especially during the holidays! Though we have more of these food savers in our cabinet than we’d like to admit, they all seem to elicit the same problem: stink! Fortunately, we’ve got a great tip for you today via the One Pot Chef Show that will eliminate those unpleasant food odors fast!

So, why do these plastic storage containers end up holding onto so many unpleasant smells in the first place? Well, according to our host, these types of containers are “porous and they absorb all smells in them.” Got it!

Now, we also all know that these containers tend to be PRICEY. You don’t want to have to trash your Tupperware just because you can’t get rid of a little smell.

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So, without further ado, what you’ve all been waiting for, the BEST way to get those putrid smells from your plastic storage containers. Here you go . . .

ALL you need to do is crumple up a piece of scrap paper, like a receipt or newspaper, and place it in your freshly-cleaned container before sealing it back up. That’s all you’ve gotta do! It’s so simple.

Once you’re ready to use that piece of Tupperware again, just open the container back up again, trash the piece of scrap paper, and fill with your leftovers. You’ll be amazed at how quickly this nifty little hack works.

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So, now that you know the easiest possible way to get the stink out of your Tupperware, let’s go over some other methods that are a tad more time-consuming, but just as effective.

When in doubt, reach for the most versatile natural cleaning ingredient: vinegar!

We all know that vinegar gets rid of foul smells in the fridge and dishwasher, so Tupperware really is no match for the powerful liquid. After washing your containers with soap and water, just fill them up with white vinegar and let them sit for 3 minutes. Once the time’s up, empty the containers and hand wash one more time with soap. Works great!

If you’ve got a remarkably stinky situation, you may need to go for the big guns. Salt, along with vinegar, is a natural deodorizer, and an ingredient that works very well for this problem. Simply add a pinch of salt to a clean container and store in your pantry. Once you need to use the piece again, just wipe the bottom clean of the salt with a paper towel. Easy as pie!

For further instructions on One Pot Chef Show’s effective storage container deodorizing hack, watch the video below!

What do you think of using paper to get rid of foul smells? Have you tried this method before and, if so, did it work out well for you? How do you get rid of those nasty scents that find their way into your Tupperware? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!