How to Clean Dirty Plastic

Whether you have dirty plastic food containers, or dirty plastic toys that require cleaning, a similar cleaning routine will clear up the plastic on any of these items.

Clean dirty plastic with white vinegar.Clean dirty plastic with white vinegar.
You want to use something that removes dirt and cloudiness from the plastic, restoring it back to its like-new condition. Instead of trying numerous retail cleaning products that often do not work the way you would like them to, use a homemade cleaning solution that is sure to clean the dirty plastic effectively.

Soak a cleaning rag or paper towels with white vinegar, and wipe over the plastic surface. This often cleans all dirt and film off the plastic.

Fill a basin or sink with enough warm water to submerge the plastic. Pour 1 cup white vinegar into the sink or basin per quart of water used.

Place the plastic into the water, and submerge for 5 minutes when possible. When this is not possible, hold the plastic in the sink and rotate consistently until all sides receive the same amount of water exposure.

Scrub the plastic with a cleaning rag or paper towels, and rinse with warm water. Dry the plastic with a clean rag or paper towel.

Things You Will Need

  • Warm water White vinegar Cleaning rags or paper towels

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