Plastic containers are great storage devices, but they can be easily stained…especially by tomato sauce! Since plastic is quite porous, you don’t want to soak it in soapy water and have it forever smell like soap. Here’s how to get rid of that greasy tomato sauce ring on your plasticware…

Coffee grounds! Add a drop of grease-cutting dish detergent to a handful (about one-quarter cup) of used grounds, and scrub away at the tomato-sauce stains until all is clear. The coffee grounds absorb and neutralize the grease and tomato color better than a sponge or scrubber can (they just smear the sauce around). After you scrub away the stain and grease, thoroughly wash out your container with warm water and all traces of tomato stain should be gone.

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