Trying to clean out the spice cabinet and I want to re-purpose a shaker from a chili powder based mix to a cinnamon-sugar (it's made principally of plastic but has wire mesh screen). After a couple of washings the smell of chili powder is still pretty evident. How can I clean out that smell.
You could try baking soda. It is well known for absorbing odors, especially in plastic.
Try some hydrogen peroxide. A lot of colors and odors can be removed with peroxide.