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ryleighs mum 6:40am, 26 February 2008
In general, I know this can happen with any strong odored food and any plastic. But I accidentally left an orange slice in one of my boxes for 3 or 4 days and it got very "ripe". Now my bento box smells like rotten fruit. Does anyone know a way to get the odor out of the bento box, or is it doomed?
Thanks!
Amber
ColleenM 14 years ago
Have you tried dissolving baking soda in hot water, and letting that sit overnight in your bento?

Fill the bento all the way to the top with the solution.
ryleighs mum 14 years ago
I will try this in the morning. Thank you. I am still open to more suggestions just in case :)
mmod81 14 years ago
Further than baking soda, I also suggest to leave your bento filled with a mixture of water and any kind of vinegar OR lemon juice. But I think baking soda is better!
good luck
jspinc 14 years ago
Yep, what they said. I use water and vinager to soak the seals of my thermos in once in awhile and that usually does the trick. Be sure to let it dry completely.
cchen7 14 years ago
The above suggestions are great, but if they fail try stuffing your bento full of crumpled newspaper, cover & leave overnight. Alternatively charcoal also works instead of newspaper.
ryleighs mum 14 years ago
Awesom! Thanks everyone :) I just put the baking soda in, and I am going to leave it all day. I'm crossing my fingers.
Amber
terrific apparel [deleted] 14 years ago
so did the soda work?
ryleighs mum Posted 14 years ago. Edited by ryleighs mum (member) 14 years ago
I tried the baking soda, and then tried it two more times with higher concentrations and the box and lid still stink. I am going to try the vinegar tonight when I get home.
terrific apparel [deleted] 14 years ago
my experience with vinegar is that it will stink the same only sour ...
Caryn_O 14 years ago
My mom would use tea to remove smells from my bentos when I was young. So I use tea as well... brew some strong tea and pour into the container, keep it at least overnight, toss and wash out. So far, that works quite well for me..
lady_yui 14 years ago
My husband would always leave his bento box in his office sometimes 4days-1week.i never had trouble with the smell though.i just soak it with plenty of water until the remainings(sauce,rice) soften and wash it.there are times when i have to wash it 3x though.maybe i will try the suggestions above too next time he forgot to take it home again.but try it with lots of soap.i use a lemon flavored one and er-i forgot what its called but instead liquid its foam like.
ryleighs mum 14 years ago
I tried the baking soda one last time and left it sitting for around 30 hours. I took it out, rinsed and dried it and the smell seems to be about as fresh as a bento box can be. I think the problem I am having with the smell is that it is one of the hello kitty sort of soft boxes from the dollar store.

I'll store all these tips in my memory and will try them as needed. Thank you again for all your suggestions!
somana 14 years ago
if you also have a really stubborn smell (even for really bad stains) try a mixture of bleach and water in the ratio of 1 part bleach and 10 parts water. wash the bento in the bleach and then rinse really well in water wash in normal dish soap/water and rinse again. it is a technique from culinary school i went to. the bleach kills the bacteria that cause the smell and also disinfect the bento plastic. as long as you rinse and re-rinse the bento before you use it, there will be no lasting effects of the bleach that will effect your food. most american restaurants use a bleach/water sanitization set-up when they are washing the dishes that we eat off of, and also to wipe off the tables with to kill all the germs. also another tidbit-bleach kills everything, AIDS, HIV, salmonella, e.coli, etc... it is also the number one disinfectant for hospitals because it is so effective.....just a little info...
ryleighs mum 14 years ago
Thanks somana. We actually don't have any bleach. Crazy, huh? I use other sanitizers in the kitchen and I was tired of my husband ruining clothes and rugs and whatever else he could LOL. We're sort of a klutzy couple, while I hurt myself walking into things, he drops things, bleaches them and accidentally sets fire. Fun times :)
disastrous lunchroom [deleted] 14 years ago
nikon d60 says:

and what about soda? does it work?
thank you guys for a great post and comments :) good luck
FusionJosie 14 years ago
For anything to do with plastic ,stains and smell, I use Milton which is basically a solution used for cold sterilize baby bottles.

I normally used steam for the milk bottles , but when I used Milton on holiday, all of the of the orange staines and smell were gone from the juice bottle.

I just make the solution a little bit stronger - I figure if it's safe enough for babies , it's fine for me too.

I use it for every thing ; I soak toothbrushes everynow and then and they come out white and gleaming ; mugs and cups loose their coffee stains.

The plastic spoons that I use for my little one sometimes gets stained with tomato sauce , just a quick bath in Milton and everything is gone and they have also been sterilized :)

According to the instructions you don't even need to rinse them , but I do anyway.
jspinc 14 years ago
My husband uses the old coffee on stinky stuff, sometimes he just uses the grounds. I guess the same affect as tea.
somana 13 years ago
WOW! too funny. I guess we all have to be careful of things. I usually have to be mindful cutting through things or accidentally sewing my skirt to my project...lol

------Thanks somana. We actually don't have any bleach. Crazy, huh? I use other sanitizers in the kitchen and I was tired of my husband ruining clothes and rugs and whatever else he could LOL. We're sort of a klutzy couple, while I hurt myself walking into things, he drops things, bleaches them and accidentally sets fire. Fun times :) ---------
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