Kristen - from Logan, UT
Fats and oils are what break down Royal Icing, and it is very difficult to completely clean fats and oils from most plastic containers. If, however, you use brand new plastic containers, or you use the same container always for Royal Icing only, you should have no problems. If your mixer is plastic, just make sure the beaters are completely clean, with no fat residue. If you have any doubt, wiping them with white vinegar can help.