You’ve got your precious insulated travel mug in your hands, and you’ve quickly become accustomed to using it every morning on your way to work for a leak-proof commute, plus every afternoon for a pick-me-up that you know won’t spill on your work computer. But now that you have that magical spill-proof travel mug, how do you take care of it properly?

It’s a question we get asked frequently, so we thought it was about time for us to give you a complete guide to caring for your stainless steel travel mug. Here’s what you need to know.

How to Clean Your Stainless Steel Travel Mug

You’ll need the following:

Immediately after that last sip of coffee, rinse the travel mug lid using warm water. Make sure you open the spout to ensure water goes through every nook and cranny (for example, snap the Snapseal lid open while rinsing, and press and hold the AUTOSEAL button while rinsing). If you have a travel mug with an easy-clean lid, make sure to flip the mechanism open for even easier rinsing.

Next, soak the lid for about ten minutes in hot, soapy tap water. Using your cleaning brush, wash the inside of the travel mug using warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse both the lid and the body thoroughly.

To dry, place the lid and the body upside-down on a dish towel on your counter. Let air dry overnight. We recommend always storing your travel mug with its lid removed so parts can dry completely.

After cleaning, return the lid interior to its closed position before use.

How to Deep Clean Your Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Once you’ve had your insulated travel mug for awhile, you may want to give it a clean beyond the ol’ soap-and-water. If that’s the case, Good Housekeeping recommends the following:

  • Put a tablespoon of baking soda in the body of your stainless steel travel mug
  • Add a good pour of cheap household vinegar
  • Allow the mixture to bubble. When the foaming dies down, put the lid on and shake the container to coat the inside of the travel mug with the mixture.
  • Pour the mixture out and rinse thoroughly with tap water. Let parts dry separately overnight.

Can I Put My Stainless Steel Travel Mug in the Dishwasher?

It depends. Contigo travel mug lids are top-rack dishwasher safe, as are any unpainted stainless steel bodies. We recommend hand-washing any painted stainless steel body (so, anything that’s a color other than plain stainless steel). Check your manufacturer’s instructions for more specifics.

 

That’s it! Easy enough, right? With these cleaning and care instructions, your insulated travel mug will last even longer.

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