kusine 1:14pm, 13 March 2006
Since staining seems to be a problem, what has stained your Mr. Bento and have you found anything that cleans it?

Mine got stained from carrot soup from Trader Joe's. I had a little luck last night with soaking it in vinegar. It's still stained, but much faded. I think I'll try it again tonight and see how it goes.

And spraying the inside lightly with oil should prevent many tomato-based stains. And don't forget the lid, too. :)
sobodda PRO 12 years ago
Did you nuke it with the soup in? I have had carrot & tomato soup but I have always microwaved it in another dish and it didn't stain. Oil is a good idea!
kusine 12 years ago
I didn't nuke it in there - I like my TJ's soups room temp. This was the carrot-ginger soup.
xnera 12 years ago
I brought two sausage links and red pepper & eggs in my soup bowl today, and got some slight staining. I'm not too picky about stains, but I might try cleaning it with vinegar anyway. The bowls look so much better when they're all pristine. :)
nicoteena 12 years ago
I haven't had a problem with staining yet. I'm a bit paranoid about it since I like mine all the same color ~__^

Though my soup bowl does smell like old chicken noodle...
le_willowcat 12 years ago
I have had my bento for three days, and each time after use i fill the containers with soapy hot water and let it sit and when i get home, I rinse them out..No smell, and I put Sriracha in mine,no stains either.
.ams PRO 12 years ago
I got some staining from barbecue sauce. I've made my peace with it.
nicoteena 12 years ago
Has anybody seen a correlation between staining/smells and microwaving in the bento containers?
KJF916 12 years ago
::bumping this up for the newbies::

I took your suggestion (and the suggestion from one of your chefs in the group) and thoroughly but lightly wiped down the inside of my soup container and its lid today, with veg oil -- prior to packing homemade chili.

Worked like a charm. Not a bit of lycopene or red stain in site,and no savory lingering odor to taint my yogurt tomorrow.

Subspace 12 years ago

I stained one of my containers by microwaving carrot soup, and the container wasn't stained before I microwaved it - I know, because i stirred it before I warmed it.

That being said, I don't really see what the big deal is with staining concerns. It's a container for food. Sometimes food leaves a stain. It's kind of nice, like the mark of usage signifies value in your ownership of it. It reminds you that your food is organic (and maybe Organic) matter you put into your body, which then breaks it down into energy; such a fantastic process that even Mr. Bento cannot be affected by it!
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