Everyday Cleaning Tips
When hand washing your stainless steel coffee mug after each use, make sure to hand wash the interior walls of the mug to remove coffee stains, and prevent residue buildup. Use a sponge or bottle brush to reach the narrow interior of the stainless steel travel mug, and scrub every nook clean. Dry your coffee mug before storing it to prevent rust from forming.
If your travel mug is dishwasher safe, you can easily place it in the dishwasher to clean. You may rinse the stainless steel mug prior to dishwashing it, but this step is unnecessary. However, if the coffee has dried up in your mug, it is best to rinse it by hand with some hot water to soften the stains before cleaning it in your dishwasher.
3 Ways to Remove Coffee Stains from Stainless Steel Coffee Mug
Clean Coffee Stains with Vinegar and Baking Soda
Vinegar and baking soda make an excellent combo when getting rid of stains, and this household-favorite cleaning solution works on stainless steel travel mugs too! The ingredients for this cleaning solution are also inexpensive, accessible, and effective. Here's what you'll need to get started:
- Distilled white vinegar - not apple cider vinegar as apple cider vinegar may stain the material.
- Baking soda
- Sponge or bottle brush
To clean your stainless steel coffee cups, place 1/4 cup of baking soda into the mug. Slowly pour in your vinegar, stopping in intervals to let the mixture bubble but not overflow. Fill the mug with vinegar, and let the solution sit for at least an hour. Dump out the solution, and wash the mug with soapy water to get rid of the remaining residue. Dry and store the mug.
Clean Coffee Stains with Denture Cleaning Tablets
Denture tablets clean more than just dentures! These tablets are made with cleaning and bleaching agents that are safe for external use. When in contact with water, denture tablets bubble, which helps to remove stuck on grime and stains on stainless steel mugs. Here's what you'll need to clean your coffee mug with denture tablets:
- Denture tablet
- Warm water
- Sponge or brush
Place the denture tablet into your mug, and fill the mug with warm water. Let the denture cleaner bubble, and let the solution sit overnight. The next morning, the water should take on a slight color of coffee, and the stains should be much easier to remove.
Use the sponge or brush to scrub the remaining stains out of your stainless steel travel mug, and give the mug a quick rinse to clear any residue leftover. Let your mug completely dry, then store the mug and its lid in a dry location.
Clean Coffee Stains with Dishwasher Tablets
Convenient cleaning is using cleaning solutions you already have at home. Got a dishwasher? You most likely have dishwasher cleaning tablets at home. These tablets pack a punch when it comes to getting rid of stains and discoloration, and they can be used for your stainless steel travel mug too! Here's what you'll need:
- Dishwasher cleaning tablets
- Hot water
- Sponge or bottle brush
To clean your stainless steel mug with dishwasher tablets, place your mug over the sink. Toss a dishwasher tablet into your mug, and fill the mug with boiling water. Let the solution sit until the water has cooled, and dump out the liquid. Use a sponge or brush to scrub your stainless steel coffee mugs clean to remove the grime. Rinse, dry, and store the mug afterwards.
Tips to Maintain Your Stainless Steel Coffee Mug
Maintaining a stainless steel mug is relatively simple as the material is resistant to both stains and rust when properly cared for. Here are a couple of cleaning tips and ways to maintain the shiny, pristine condition of your stainless steel travel mugs:
- Wash your mug immediately after you drink coffee. This will prevent the coffee from staining the inside of your mug.
- Use soft water to rinse your mug as hard water may leave mineral deposits that will make your stainless steel travel mug look cloudy, and feel rough.
- Baking soda is an effective abrasive scrubber, and it can be used in your coffee mug for daily cleaning.
- Avoid banging, hitting, or dropping your mug as it may dent, which will give bacteria and mold a hiding spot in your mug.
A Crisp Brew
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