- Home Cleaning
Good Friday morning, Moppers! Our favorite day of the week is finally here, and we’re ready to face it with as much grit and determination as we can muster…as soon as we’ve had our coffee.
Speaking of coffee, we were in line at our favorite local coffee joint this morning, and while standing there waiting for a fresh cup of java we noticed a lot of people with travel mugs. You know the kind, right? Those beautiful stainless steel mugs you can use over and over again? Yeah, those ones. They’re pretty brilliant, because not only are they environmentally friendly, they’re a reflection of who we are as people. Some folks had short, stout mugs, while others had tall, thin ones with cute logos on the side. These days you can personalize anything, and those stainless steel coffee mugs are no exception.
That begs the question? Do you clean them like one of your regular coffee mugs at home?
No. No you do not.
Surprising, right? Most of those travel mugs contain polypropylene and plastic components, which means they’re not safe for the dishwasher and need to be washed by hand. But with all those moving parts and small threads, how do you make sure it’s getting the care it needs?
Good thing we’re here to tell you!
Baking Soda & Vinegar
The problem isn’t necessarily keeping the inside of the mug clean, as that can be done with just plain old soap and water, but when it comes to stainless steel travel mugs the problem lies in the fact that most of them are darker in color inside, making it hard to see just how much it gets stained over time, and trust us—it’s a lot!
One way to combat the problem of stain build up in your travel mugs is to drop in a couple of heaping teaspoons of baking soda, followed by a healthy amount of white vinegar. This will cause everything to foam up, and as the baking soda agitates against the inside of the mug it will help to loosen those tough stains that even you can’t see.
From there you can wash the inside of the mug with soap and water, getting rid of any remaining residue that’s still residing in your mug.
Remember, baking soda and vinegar will react quickly, creating a lot of pressure, so make sure your lid stays far away from the top of the mug so it doesn’t shoot up and smack you in your peepers.
This is where everything gets tricky. Why? Because stainless steel travel mug lids have a lot of threads and crevices, meaning if not washed properly, over time a layer of additives and bacteria can build up that leave a sour taste in your mouth, and start to release a pungent odor. If you drink your coffee or tea straight, you don’t necessarily have to worry about this so much, but if you use milk or cream you’re going to want to read on.
Thankfully, these days most stainless steel travel mug lids come apart for easy cleaning, so you can really get in there and give them a fresh look. Flip-open spouts can be popped off their hinges, and sliding lids will have a latch making them easy to pop off. If that’s the case then take apart your lid and give it a through wash with soap and water to get rid of any additive residue that might be on there, preventing any crusty bits of milk or creamer to build up.
If you’re unsure of how your lids comes apart, or you’re having trouble getting everything off, you can also clean your lid the way you cleaned the inside of your travel mug: with baking soda and vinegar. Just drop the lid in a bowl, scoop in some baking soda, and pour a generous amount of vinegar over everything so that the mixture can expand and clean every nook and cranny of your lid. From there you can give it a good rinse under the tap, and let it air dry.
This might seem like basic cleaning 101 to some, but you’d be surprised by how many stainless steel travel mugs we see that look anything buy stellar. Remember, this is something that you’re putting into your mouth on a regular basis, do you really want to take the chance that it might not be clean?
We didn’t think so.
Keeping your stainless steel travel mug clean on the daily will not only make it look good, but it will also preserve the life of it, meaning you’ll have to spend less money replacing it all the time…and we can all agree that saving money is a good thing!
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend, Moppers. Stay safe, and stay clean!