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How to Clean Coffee Mugs? Detailed Guide Helping You to Clean every Coffee Mug

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Last updated: Jun 09, 2021

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How to Clean Coffee Mugs? Detailed Guide Helping You to Clean every Coffee Mug

If you’re a coffee addict and you can’t start your day without a cup of coffee, you’re well aware of the ugly brown coffee stains your beloved drink leaves behind in your mug. The truth is it’s not easy to remove this stubborn discoloration with soap and water, especially from the withe coffee mug.

So, what should you do, a coffee lover?

Once the embarrassment of enjoying coffee from a stained cup pushes you over the edge, there would be no need to resort to harsh chemicals like bleach. You need to have the essential cleaning equipment or medicine cabinet to remove those coffee stains once and for all. Below, Gossby will reveal the secret of how to clean coffee mugs in detail.

How to Clean Stains From Personalized Coffee Mugs?

Talking about personalized coffee mugs, we will think about a mug in white color. Yes, most of them are white and when we use them to drink coffee, the brown coffee stains might not leave their “friend in white”. So, what should you do?

Here is a step-by-step guide to cleaning stains from personalized coffee mugs.

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Method 1: Cleaning with Baking Soda Paste

  1. First, you sprinkle baking soda into your customized coffee mugs and add warm water to form a paste.

  2. Next, scrub the mixture with a sponge for 1’ or 2’ so the mildly abrasive baking soda will work the stains out.

  3. Last, you rinse with clean water & admire the results, a super-clean personalized mug.

Method 2: Cleaning with Vinegar Soak

  1. You fill the mug half full with boiling or extremely hot water from the tap

  2. Top off your mug with white vinegar and let the mixture soak for 10’

  3. Dumbo the vinegar water down the sink & scrub the freshly empty mug with an abrasive sponge

  4. Then, rinse with clean water and you’re all done.

Method 3: Cleaning with Salt and Ice

  1. The first thing to do is pour some salt into the bottom of your mug & dump a few pieces of crushed ice on the top.

  2. Cover your mug with a few layers of plastic wrap & shake it vigorously. You’ll see the coarse salt removes the coffee stains without any chemicals.

  3. Rinse your mug with clean water & it is restored to its former look.

Method 4: Cleaning with Melamine Foam Sponge

  1. You dampen a melamine foam sponge & rub the inside of the mug till it comes clean.

  2. If your skin is sensitive, use dishwasher gloves and wash the mug by hand with warm & soapy water. You can use a scrub brush also.

  3. Rinse the clean water to see how beautiful your mug is right now.


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Method 5: Cleaning with Denture Tablets

  1. The last way to clean stains from your personalized coffee mug.

  2. First, you fill your mug with warm water then add a denture tablet. Let the tablet fizz & work.

  3. When you see the fizzing stop, just dump out the water & wash the mug by hand with warm and soapy water with a scrub brush.

  4. Finally, rinse with clean water and see the result.

How to Clean Stainless Steel Coffee Mugs?

It’s easy for you to clean a stainless steel coffee mug due to the material used to make it. 
How to Clean Stainless Steel Coffee Mugs
  1. First, put a tablespoon or 2 of baking soda and then, a good glug of cheap household vinegar. Now you can watch it bubble up.

  2. Wait for the foaming action to subside and put the lid on. (Note: if you do too quickly, an explosion can happen due to the reaction between vinegar and baking soda)

  3. Shake the container a few times. Pour it out & rinse with tap water.

  4. Let dry and we finally complete our process.

How to Clean Insulated Travel Coffee Mugs?

No matter heading to the office or hitting the road to run errands, maybe one of the first things you’re going to grab on the way to the door is your no-spill coffee mugs or travel mugs.

Travel mugs are prevalent in this day and age. Some choose to use them because they’re eco-friendly while others want to keep their beloved beverage at the temperature they want.

How to Clean Insulated Travel Coffee Mugs

Below, Gossby will tell you how to clean insulated travel coffee mugs. Just on a regular basis so you can follow.

Whether drinking coffee, tea, or just water from your insulated travel mugs, you always have to wash them on a routine basis. So, here you are:

What do you need?

  • Hot or warm water

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • One dish scrubbing brush

  • One small bowl

What will you do?

  1. First, if your skin is sensitive, you need dishwasher gloves to avoid damaging your hands.

  2. Soon after finishing your favorite drink, rinse the insulated travel coffee mug and its lid under the hot/ warm water. Just make certain to pop open any sealable parts of the lid and the water rinses as much as possible.

  3. Next, mix some hot/ warm water and a few drops of dishwasher liquid in a small bowl. Leave the lid to soak for about 10’. Then, Rinse all soapy water from the lid once the time has passed.

  4. Clean the reusable mug with dish soap, hot/ warm water, and a scrubbing brush.

  5. Remove all soapy residue by rinsing the insulated travel mug well.

  6. Leave the mug to lid air dry separately before screwing the top back on & using the vessel again.


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The "how to clean coffee mugs" article ends here. Read it and follow these steps and you will surely have your mugs cleaned. If you know of any method to wash coffee mugs effectively, please share with us in the comment section below. We're always happy to know more.

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