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Stinky Lunch Boxes and Coolers

About this Tip:

How to clean and deodorize lunch boxes and coolers. If the lunch boxes that your family uses smell like week old tuna and the cooler smells like nacho cheese, quit holding your breath when you open them and do this.

How to clean and deodorize lunch boxes and coolers

How to:

  1. Weekly washout lunch boxes with a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part white vinegar. Allow to air dry. For coolers do this after each use.
  2. Wipe out lunch boxes and coolers with a microfiber cloth wrung out in hot water on a daily basis when in use.
  3. To deodorize place a slice of WHITE BREAD in a bowl, cover with white vinegar, place in cooler or lunch box and close the lid overnight or for 24 hours. For large coolers, use several slices of bread. The odor will be gone when you open it.
  4. YES!! It has to be white bread!


You must use white bread!

Linda Says:

This method is totally safe for food surfaces

Why It Works:

The yeast in the bread and the white vinegar react with each other to encapsulate odor and destroy it.