Should you throw away old Tupperware?

Answered by Edward Huber

When it comes to Tupperware, I’ve learned from personal experience that it’s not always easy to know when it’s time to throw it away. We all have those trusty plastic containers that we’ve had for years, but how do we know when it’s time to part ways?

First and foremost, it’s important to consider how well you take care of your containers. If you’re like me and tend to throw them in the dishwasher on a regular basis, they may not last as long as if you hand-wash them. The high heat and harsh detergents used in dishwashers can cause the plastic to deteriorate more quickly.

Next, take a look at the quality of the plastic your containers are made of. Some plastics are more durable than others and can withstand more wear and tear. Look for containers that are labeled as microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe, and BPA-free. These tend to be made of higher quality materials that are less likely to degrade over time.

Now, let’s talk about the signs that it’s time to say goodbye to your Tupperware. One obvious clue is if the container becomes warped or cracked. This can happen over time, especially if you’re using them in the microwave or freezer. Warped containers may not seal properly, leading to leaks and spills, while cracked containers can pose a health risk as bacteria can easily grow in the crevices.

Another sign to watch out for is discoloration or staining. If your Tupperware starts to take on a yellowish or brownish tint, it’s a clear indication that it’s seen better days. This discoloration can be caused by food stains or exposure to certain substances, and it’s a good idea to replace the container to avoid any potential health risks.

Additionally, pay attention to any strange odors coming from your Tupperware. If no matter how much you wash it, the container still retains a funky smell, it’s probably time to let it go. This odor could be a sign of bacteria growth or absorption of strong food odors, both of which can be detrimental to your health.

There’s no hard and fast rule about when to throw away Tupperware. It ultimately comes down to the condition of the containers and how comfortable you are using them. If your containers are warped, cracked, discolored, or have a persistent odor, it’s probably best to err on the side of caution and replace them. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to food storage and your health.