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Martyn's picture
Martyn

Removing odour from jar lids

I bought several small jars containing prepared garlic, chilli, ginger, mint etc, a while ago. These jars are very stylish and I thought they would come in handy for keeping yeast, salt, seeds, etc. I have washed the jars but cannot get rid of the strong smells from the lids. I've tried washing up liquid, bleach and baking powder, they are currently soaking in a handwash that is supposed to remove all odours but it doesn'r smell too promising.


Anyone have any ideas before I give up and throw the lids away?

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Daisy_A

I had a similar problem with a pickle jar lid from a jar I keep starter in. A friend advised me to put both in the dishwasher. This cleaned the jar really well and decreased but didn't eliminate the smell on the lid. To date I am using a parchment covering and waiting to see if the smell on the lid decreases over time. However,  the lid was the size of a small saucer, therefore no risk of it falling down into the machine. Don't know if this would be useful for you? If the lids are not too small it might be worth one go before you throw them away. If the jars are stylish as you say, it may be worth considering another, perhaps temporary, covering for them and keeping the lids a little longer?  Spice smells should decrease over time as spices themselves lose flavour after a while, although yours do sound persistent. Must have been good stuff! Good luck   Daisy_A

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Mini Oven

Brushed SS surface even better.  Use a SS bowl and all the loose SS utensils you can muster and some washing up soap, lathering each one well using the warm lather on the lids and into the bowl to soak several hours.  Rub bowl surfaces often and rinse everything well.  Let dry with lots of circulation.   


Can also smear and let air dry a paste of soda and water.  After washing dry in sunshine. 

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qahtan

I find if I run them through the dishwasher a couple times, or a good wash with soapy water, rine well then I put them out side on the kitchen window sill


open side up, and leave them there a few days in the sun or snow and that will remove the smell most times. then to be double sure put a used tea bag in the jar and  close and keep that way a few days..


 Depends on how bad you want the jars with their own lids,  If I am storeing empty jars with lids I always stck a clean paper towel inside... qahtan 

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Ps2001

I have had luck getting odd smells out of things by soaking them in a baking soda and water solution.

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manicbovine

I reuse all of the jars I get food in. I'll post an excessively detailed account of what I do.


 


Days 1-3: Soak jar in boiling hot soapy water, lid screwed on with the jar placed upside down. Change the water once or twice a day.


 


Day 4-5: Soak in white 50% water, 50% white vinegar, changing once or twice per day. (Again, upside down so that the liquid rests on the lid).


 


Day 6: Wash by hand and place in dishwasher.


 


This works on nearly everything. I have had some difficulty with a little glass jar that once contained "smoked flavor" and with a glass jar that contained minced garlic.


 


Cheers,


Jacob

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Martyn

Thanks Jacob, I've been soaking the jar that contained the minced garlic, boiled it, washed it again etc. I got to a point where I thought the smell had gone. I filled it with a small bag of bread machine yeast that had split to avoid wasting it. When I use the yeast there is a VERY strong smell of garlic in the jar, I'm just wondering if this could be the secret to everlasting garlic bread :-D

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Smo

I've had great luck using fat to remove flavors from jar lids.  I just put some fat on a jar lid, leave it in a warm spot (like on a rack above a wood stove) for a couple of days, then wipe out the excess and wash it out.  Often flavor compounds that don't dissolve into water will dissolve into fat or alcohol.  I just put up a blog post about it here:

http://smozilla.blogspot.com/2012/12/fat-washing-jar-lids.html

I've only tried lard, but I'm sure other fats would work just fine.

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fmlyhntr

I'm going to try this--I think. Does it work in a cool environment? I don't have a wood stove. I can contrive a warm spot for a short period of time. I have some crisco I'll try this with.