How to Remove Cloudy Film From Clear Plastic

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How to Remove Cloudy Film From Clear Plastic
Remove cloudy film from plastic with white vinegar. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Plastic is a versatile material used to make just about anything, from toys to storage containers. Cloudy film and residue which builds up on plastic products is particularly obvious on clear plastic items, making it important to clean them in a way that removes the film without damaging the plastic surface. Luckily, an inexpensive item that you probably already have in your kitchen pantry can easily and safely remove film from your clear plastic products.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Cleaning rag
  • Dish towel

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  1. 1

    Fill the sink with water and vinegar, using enough liquid to submerge the plastic. Use about 1 cup of white vinegar per gallon of water.

  2. 2

    Place filmy plastic products in the sink and let them soak for one hour.

  3. 3

    Scrub each item with a cleaning rag dipped in the liquid.

  4. 4

    Rinse the items and dry them.

  5. 5

    Moisten a cleaning rag with white vinegar and rub over the plastic, if you notice any remaining cloudy film. Rinse the products and allow them to air dry.

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