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What can I do about tomato stains on plastic products?

The tomato base causes the stains. The culprit is a chemical that gives tomatoes their beautiful red color: lycopene. Lycopene is a huge hydrocarbon with many double bonds, and, for some reason, it discolors plastic products. Soak the stained product in bleach to remove this stain, which will kill the lycopene.

Title: What can I do about tomato stains on plastic products?
Description: Why tomato stains happen, and what can be done.
Published: 4/3/2007
Last Edited: 1/23/2023
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