questionscan i bleach my lock-&-lock components?

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Use a solution of 1 to 4 (one part bleach, 4 parts filtered water), allow to soak for about 20 minutes, and then wash normally with the rest of your dishes. I suggest using lemon juice mixed with water to remove the bleach aroma (just let it sit overnight, open, with the juice and water solution).

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I second @shrdlu 's answer. It won't damage the plastic and it should kill any grungies present. A toothbrush or similar to scour the crevices during your rinse would be helpful too.

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I couldn't agree more with the above answers, except that baking soda will help a lot with the odor. Good luck!

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You can also remove the silicone seals, but be careful not to split, puncture, or crack them in the process. It really helps to get in the cracks if you remove the seals. An old toothbrush is a good crevice tool.

And I have bleached mine several times without incident. My oldest ones are going on 10 years old. I just fill the sink with hot tap water, add about a cup of bleach, and let them sit overnight. Lids, seals, containers and all. If yours are as rank as you say, I would do it overnight.

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It's probably worth it to try. It is going to be very, very difficult to get the stench out of the box, so it is going to take some strong chemicals to even have a shot. Worst case you are in the same situation that you started in (have to buy a new one). It's worth the try.

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original tags: lock-lock, bleach, intelligent-life?

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@neuropsychosocial: Yes, apparently somebody at Woot knows better than me what tags should attach...

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Use an old electric toothbrush for the 'baked in grime.