How Do you Clean White Film Off of Clear Plastic?

Maintaining a clean and sparkling fresh home is difficult with a busy life. Cleaning stubborn stains and blemishes from your personal items can suck up your free time. However, there are various ways in which you can keep your clear plastic items looking new. All you need are a few household cleaning items, a little elbow grease and a determined attitude.

Step 1

Try soap and water first. Use hot water and a normal sudsy soap product with a rag or old sponge. Use quick, broad swipes of the rag and continue this process until you've cleaned the film or have made no progress. Keep the soap and water handy--it's a good way to finish off a cleaning job after you've attacked it with a more heavy-duty solution.

Step 2

Try lemon oil. Spray a small amount of the oil onto the soiled surface and let sit for a few moments. The lemon should seep into the stain and film better than a cleaning product. Next, spray a household cleaner on top of the oil and let stand for another few moments. Then, grab a rag or sponge and use broad strokes to cover all of the soiled area, followed by quicker, more vigorous strokes to grind out the stain. Repeat this process until the film is gone. Finish the surface with warm water and soap to remove any lingering traces.

Step 3

Use bleach. For stubborn stains, the harshest chemical you should use is bleach. Make a water-based bleach solution mixing at no more than a 4 to 1 ratio (4 parts water, 1 part bleach). Ensure you have good ventilation in the area where you'll be cleaning. Let the solution stand for a moment. Using your rag, apply the solution liberally across the stained surface. If possible, submerge the affected area in the solution. The more time it has to react with the film, the better. Wipe clean with soap and water.

Step 4

Acetone, the main ingredient in nail polish remover, is a great way to remove oil-based stains. Again, ensure you have proper ventilation. Rub a small amount of acetone on the affected areas and rub gently into the stain. Repeat this process until the film loosens and you can rub away with a rag. Again, finish with soap and water.