Dining indoors has become a norm for all of us over circuit breaker, and is still in practice for those who are still exercising precaution over Phase 2. However, as orders for takeaway and delivery skyrocketed, plastic waste did too.

This led to a massive 1.33 million kilograms generated in two months alone, according to a study led by six alumni students from the National University of Singapore’s Master of Science (Environmental Management) programme.

Thus, bringing your own containers is duly encouraged, but if you can’t do it due to inconveniences, reusing them is the only other more eco-friendly solution. Washing a hassle? No worries, Facebook user Nazry Isa has just the right trick to get it out of the way as quickly as possible.

In a Facebook post that has been shared more than 2,000 times within a day, Isa shared a nifty hack to clean your takeaway containers in double-quick time. And you don’t even have to rinse them first.

Gone full pakcik with this lifehack which I saw floating around on the internet.I hate cleaning containers like these and I found that this is the easiest way to get rid of that oil from take-out containers, so that you can reuse or recycle them.Curry/sambal/lodeh, any gravy la with a lot of oil, this method settles it.p.s. If you want to recycle plastic containers like these you have to wash the food stains off, and this method makes it really easy!

Posted by Nazry Isa on Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Step 1: Squirt some dishwashing liquid into the containers.

Step 2: Fill them up with water.

Step 3: Tear up a kitchen towel and drop a piece into each container.

Step 4: Snap the lid on and start shaking/swishing the water around so that the interior is clean.

Step 5: Rinse both the interior and exterior of the container with the soapy water first and then with running water.

That’s it!

Wrote Isa, who joked that he’d gone “full pakcik (uncle)” after seeing the hack shared online: “I hate cleaning containers like these and I found that this is the easiest way to get rid of that oil from take-out containers, so that you can reuse or recycle them.

“Curry/sambal/lodeh, any gravy la with a lot of oil, this method settles it.”

After trying the hack for myself, while it may pass muster if the container is not too grimy, I feel the exterior would still benefit from an additional soapy rinse, especially if it’s been touched with oily fingers.

And somehow because of the contactless washing, I found myself subconsciously using more dishwashing liquid, which some might feel is wasteful. So while the hack is useful for a quick and easy clean, those who are more particular may want to stick to their regular method of washing.

Tried the hack? Tell us what you think!

Text: Candice Cai/AsiaOne