If you tend to make pungent meals -- or just forgot about one in the fridge -- you probably have to deal with smelly containers. Adding a pinch of salt to your container after washing it can help keep the leftover odours at bay.
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It's pretty disheartening -- not to mention unappetising -- when you grab a plastic food container to store your meal and it just plain stinks. You washed it with soap and water, maybe ran it through the dishwasher, and it still smells nasty. Leah Bhabha at cooking blog Food52 suggests adding a pinch of salt to your clean containers before putting them away. The salt will absorb some of the odour, and it also acts as an antimicrobial, killing off any odour-causing germs. When you're ready to use it, just rinse out the salt, and your container should be stink free. If you happen to have some newspaper around, the carbon in the paper can help you keep odours to minimum as well.