Let’s admit it: Plastic has become an integral and unfortunately inseparable part of our lives. Whether it’s a routine trip to your local market for groceries or picking up food from a nearby restaurant, everything is carried and served in plastic. Furthermore, plastic storage containers are the number one choice for organizing homes. In short, plastic is everywhere.
However, did you know that, regardless of its ubiquity, some items should never be stored in plastic containers or bins? This is because plastic can trap moisture, absorb odors, and be affected by temperature changes, potentially causing items to degrade or pose health risks. In this blog, we will list at least seven such items that must never be stored in a plastic container.
Fresh and Dried Foods
Avoid storing fresh or dried foods in standard plastic storage boxes. Plastic is susceptible to temperature changes, leading to mold and mildew growth over time. Additionally, plastics can absorb food odors and may leak harmful chemicals into items. Experts recommend using glass containers for long-term storage, as they keep food fresher without affecting the taste. Alternatively, choose food-grade containers made from materials specifically designed for storing food.
Avoid storing pet food or kibble directly in a plastic container, as the plastic can absorb oils from the food, making it turn rancid over time. Instead, it’s recommended to use a plastic container large enough to fit the original bag of pet food inside. This prevents direct contact between the food and the plastic, preserving the overall quality of the food and ensuring happy mealtimes for your pets.
Avoid storing delicate and natural fabrics like cashmere, wool, and lace in plastic containers, as they can capture excess moisture, develop musty odors, and get damaged. Instead, use breathable fabric storage bags. These bags come in various sizes and colors to suit your needs.
Avoid storing leather items like jackets, handbags, or shoes in plastic containers as excess moisture trapped in plastic can damage the leather over time, causing cracks, mold, or mildew. Opt for breathable storage solutions like dust bags for smaller items or durable, dust proof clothing bags for larger clothing pieces. Keep leather items separate during storage to prevent oil transfer and potential staining of nearby items. This ensures that your leather stays dry, fresh, and in good condition.
Some of us have a habit of laminating important documents and storing them in plastic covers. Storing important documents or family photographs in plastic sleeves or boxes is not advisable due to potential moisture issues from fluctuating temperatures. This can lead to fading or discoloration, especially if the storage is not airtight or waterproof. It’s recommended to keep backup or digital copies of important documents in case of damage.
Avoid using plastic bins or containers to store old electronic devices or unused batteries because they can generate static electricity, potentially damaging sensitive electronics or causing batteries to leak. Instead, choose anti-static packaging or boxes specifically designed for electronics. Store old electrical items in a cool, well-ventilated environment. Consider recycling, donating, or selling old computers and devices to declutter responsibly.
Avoid storing expensive artwork or rare photography in plastic storage containers, as improper conditions can lead to warping, fading, or serious damage over time. Instead, use durable vinyl bags specifically designed for storing artwork. These bags are not only durable but also waterproof, providing protection for your valuable collectibles.
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