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Use and Care

Get the best out of your Tupperware by following these simple care tips.

Care and Cleaning

General care of products:

  • Clean thoroughly after each use.
  • Wash with soft sponge and non-abrasive cleaning agents.
  • Avoid exposure to direct heat or flame.
  • Avoid cutting or slicing food directly on the container.
  • Do not expose to sunlight over a long period; this may cause fading and warping.
  • Use only as recommended.

Dishwasher safe:

Tupperware brand products purchased after September 3, 1979, can be safely washed in the dishwasher (except for products listed below). 

When loading the dishwasher:

  • Wash Seals and containers together.
  • Place Tupperware brand products securely on top shelf of dishwasher where the water will not force them loose - they will melt or warp if they touch the heating elements.
  • For stains - use a baking soda paste.

Please hand wash these products:

  • Shape- O-Toy
  • TupperChef Knives
  • Printed products
  • CheeSmart CondensControl™ Grid
  • Any product with a clear, glass-like finish.
  • Any Tupperware brand products purchased before September 3, 1979.

When you hand wash:

  • Use warm, soapy water and a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Dry with a soft towel, or air-dry away from direct heat.
  • Avoid any abrasives (even baking soda) on these items. Abrasives will dull the finish or leave scratches.
How to remove odours and stains:
  • Clean seals and containers with a paste made of baking soda and water.
  • Pack damp newspaper into the container and set aside for 24 hours.
  • Wash and let stand with a mixture of ordinary dishwashing soap.
  • Coat inner surface with lemon juice. Let stand for a few seconds before rinsing.
  • Clean with a mixture of vinegar and water.
  • Leave items unsealed when not in use to prevent odour build-up.


Store containers without their Seals on (to keep containers air fresh). Keep all Tupperware products away from sharp utensils that can scratch, puncture or cut surfaces.

Cool hot liquids that contain fat before you place them in Tupperware containers. Soups, sauces, oils, or cooking grease can get hot enough to damage the containers.

When you use Tupperware brand containers to store hot beverages made with boiling water, let the liquid cool before handling the container.

Microwave Cooking

Only use Tupperware in the microwave if it has a microwave-safe symbol on it. 

Use the following guidelines for microwave-safe Tupperware products:

  • Don’t use in a conventional oven, under a grill, on a stove top, or in convection microwave ovens.
  • Use plastic or wooden utensils to avoid scratches.
  • Avoid cooking small amounts of food that contain high amounts of fat or sugar.
  • Never microwave products on a higher wattage than is recommended.
  • Reheat-only containers are designed for reheating (medium/50%) only. Do not use them to cook foods and use extra care when reheating foods that are high in sugar, oil, and fat.
  • Reheating tomato-based sauces and foods may cause staining as a result of natural food colourants found in many vegetables.
  • Always use oven gloves to handle containers after cooking in the microwave, to protect your hands.
  • If overheating occurs, allow containers to cool before handling.
  • Always open the seal away from you after microwaving contents.

Silicone Baking Forms

Our TupperChef Baking forms are designed for use in a conventional oven at temperatures of up to, but not exceeding, 220ºC. Do not use:

  • Under a grill
  • On a stove top
  • With sharp utensils or knives

Do not grease your Baking Form with oils or butter, as it may damage the silicone, leaving marks or discolouration. Our silicone is naturally non-stick. For best results, ensure your Baking Form is washed and thoroughly dried before use.

UltraPro Cooking

The UltraPro range is intended for use in both microwave and conventional ovens (and is a marvellous product!). However, there are some important things to note when cooking or baking with your UltraPro to ensure safe and prolonged use:

  • Do not use at temperatures above 250°C.
  • Ensure at least 5cm of space between the UltraPro and oven walls.
  • Do not use under a grill.
  • Avoid use of foods with high fat or sugar content.

Tupperware Seals

To keep food fresher for longer, the secret is in the Tupperware Seal!

Round Seals - are air-tight and liquid-tight.
(If liquid is stored in containers with any other type of Seal, the container should always be placed in an upright position. Liquid/contents may leak if stored in containers without round seals.)

Rectangular and Square Seals - are air-tight and NOT liquid-tight.