No matter how special your lunchbox is, it can be embarrassing if it contains smell or stains from the previous meals. It can be difficult to remove the stains if you do not know the proper methods of cleaning it. Lunch boxes should be kept cleaned as it could contain mold and other bacteria that could possibly contaminate food and cause food poisoning. If you’re not sure where to start, read on to learn more about how to clean lunch boxes.
Remove the grease
As soon as you are finished with your food, rinse the lunch box with water. However, if that is not possible, you can do it as soon as you reach home. Do not leave it for more than a day as the grease from the food may stain the lunch box and bacteria can collect. Although cold water is not the most effective when it comes to cleaning off stains and grease, it can be easy to remove without fuss if it is done straight after eating.
Wash it with soapy solution
After rinsing it, manually wipe off the grease or stains with a tissue paper or newspaper. Once again, wash the box with lukewarm water, this time using a mild soap solution and a sponge. The trick to removing stubborn stains is to mix vinegar solution with lukewarm water and soapy solution.
To get rid of the pungent smell, sprinkle some salt and leave it overnight. This will not only eliminate the smell, it can also keep the lunch box germ free. Another method of removing the odour is fills a spray bottle with bleach and water solution. Spray the interior of the lunch box with the solution and wipe it dry with a soft cloth.
Leave the lunch box to completely air dry before use. This is important particularly for insulated lunch boxes as the filling is likely to get wet after washing.
Other important tips
Although baby wipes are an efficient way of cleaning lunch boxes, it is recommended to avoid using it. Similar to plain cloth, these wipes just move dirt around and nothing to remove bacteria. Another cleaning product you should never use on lunch boxes are chemical sprays. This is because; it leaves behind a chemical residue and odour that could potentially get into your child’s lunch.
On the other hand, it is recommended to clean lunch boxes after every use as bacteria can easily collect. If cleanliness and odour is a constant problem, it is advisable to switch to metal or plastic lunch boxes instead of insulated ones. Furthermore, lunch boxes can be washed in the washing machine but it greatly varies with the material it is made with.