Have you ever reused a jar that has had pickles or some other strong smelling food in it? Even after multiple hot washes, the residual smell continues to taint whatever is stored in the jar afterwards.
Often, I’ve thought I was successful at removing the smell, but after a period of time with the lid back on, the pungent fumes explode from the jar the next time it is opened. Frustrating.
I’ve read in forums that people think it is the lid causing the odour problem, but I’m not sure about this because both my jars and lids smell fine until they are put back together. I can’t tell if one or both are causing the problem.
As well as hot washes, I tried soaking my jars and lids in a solution of bi-carb soda for a few days but it made no difference. It wasn’t until I was airing-out all the bedding in the sunshine and thinking about what a great stain remover it was, that I thought about how great sunlight is as a deodoriser too.
I placed several washed pickle jars and lids in direct sunlight and let the sun work its magic for a few days. The results have been fantastic, with only the very faintest smell remaining when the jars have been closed for a period of time. Next time, I’ll try leaving some jars and lids in the sunlight for longer (about a week) to see if the smell goes away completely.
The great thing about deodorising with sunlight is that it requires no effort on your behalf or any extra inputs – it’s readily available for free!
What has worked, or not worked, for you when trying to remove stubborn odours from jars?