How to Clean Tarnish on Plastic

Plastic has made its mark by being one of the most versatile materials available. It is inside and outside your home in dishes, furniture, toys, and other useful products. Plastic is a lot easier to clean than a lot of other materials in your home, but every now and then it becomes tarnished and needs a thorough scrubbing. Fortunately, you probably have just the supplies you need to remove the grungy buildup that accumulates on your plastic from time to time.

Cleaning grime and buildup off plastic is easy and quick.
  1. Combine one part bleach to nine parts hot water in a sink or bucket.

  2. Submerge the plastic item in the sink or bucket. If this is not possible, wet the plastic item with a sponge that has been dampened in the bleach solution.

  3. Saturate the bristle brush in the bleach solution.

  4. Scrub the plastic item vigorously with the bristle brush until all tarnish has been removed.

  5. Rinse the article in running water, either in the sink or with a garden hose.

  6. Dry the plastic item with the towel and then allow to air-dry completely.


  • When working with harsh chemicals such as bleach, it is always a good idea to work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Wear rubber gloves, and also wear eye protection when working with bleach.