I don’t know about you but there are moments I find myself nearly gagging at the smells that come out of my kids school bag and lunchbox. A little while ago we asked on the School Mum facebook page for some of the best ways to deal with bad odours in lunchboxes and bags and below are the top ten ideas you gave us ….
1. Firstly, try washing it with COLD Water. If that doesn’t work, try freezing it – just put the lunch box (without food) in the deep freeze for an hour or so. If that doesn’t work, then pour a mixture of cold water and vinegar in the lunch box and let it soak overnight. DO NOT wash a smelly lunch box with hot water as it will set the smell in the plastic.
2. Unpack as soon as you get home wipe over and store with it open to air.
3. Try soaking it in Milton sterilizing solution. Or vinegar, bicarb and lemon juice
4. Prevent the smells in the first place by insisting that your child unpacks their lunch box straight after school. Throw out any leftover food and wash in hot soapy water. Then rinse. No bad smells to deal with.
5. Bleach and rinse well.
6. Bicarb soda. It also works on shoe odor, etc
7. Wipe them out with fresh lemon juice regularly
8. Put them in the freezer overnight. Trust me – it works!
9. Rinse, spray with glen twenty leave for a little bit and rinse again
10. Wipe daily with a damp cloth and vanilla fridge spray. Weekends out in the sun and give it a wash in diluted clove oil during holidays.
These are the best tips that have been tried and found successful by School mums and dads all over. If none of these tips work for you, the best advice is to buy a new one.
If you have any other great ideas that are not on the list please share below in a comment.