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How to Remove Cloudy Film From Clear Plastic

Updated February 21, 2017

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

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

  4. Rinse the items and dry them.

  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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Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Cleaning rag
  • Dish towel

About the Author

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.

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