Cleaning hard plastic surfaces?

Some plastic items are very useful — or at the very least, they ought to be well cared-for so they can have a long service life.

Which begs the question — how do you care for plastic when (very often) its very cheapness meant it wasn’t intended for long-term care?

So, I’ll ask my scant readers: how do you keep hard plastic surfaces — the ones most likely to survive — clean and attractive? Plastic-free care ideas, of course, are preferred.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. Remaining plastic food containers: Never microwave. Hand-wash when there’s time. Otherwise, I just accept that these are on their way out of my life.
    Clothes: Launder gently and only when necessary…not that that’s really specific to plastic clothes.
    Electronics, etc.: Wipe off with a rag that is damp with warm water and mild detergent. I know water and gadgets souns like a no-no, but I haven’t had any problems.
    All: Keep out of the sun! Photodegradation will wear it out over time.

    [I feel a little funny posting…I’m a blog-world lurker…don’t usually comment. But just wanted to thank you for all of your DC-area low-plastic tips! It’s a tough fight and every little bit of help is appreciated.]

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