One of the best features of a stainless travel mug is its property to never retain and impart the flavors of its contents. Because of that, you can transition from hot coffee to plain water to iced smoothie with no worries. However, this should not be a reason not to wash your travel mug.
Why? Because bacteria thrives and lives in moisture. Where there is moisture so are the gross bacteria. It is not just in stainless steels but for all types of travel mugs. Bacteria can cause infectious diseases and sickness so even if your water is clean but your container isn’t, it’s not safe to drink.
But what about those travel mugs that have been already neglected for days? Can they still be used? The answer is yes, but must be cleaned and washed thoroughly and properly. It is because these mugs may already have growth of mold inside the nooks and crannies. Just like bacteria, molds can pose a serious threat to a person’s health. It can cause respiratory problems. It can also cause wheezing, coughing and allergies if people are sensitive.
Nevertheless, disposing these travel mugs shouldn’t be seen as a last resort because they still have a chance to regain their natural state and beauty.
So do you wash and clean your travel mug?
You probably think the easiest and most convenient way to clean your travel mug is by tossing it in your dishwasher and you’re not wrong. You must dismantle all the parts especially in the lid portion so they can be cleaned.
However, you have to read the care instructions or manual of your travel mug. It is because not all travel mugs are ideal to be used and washed with a dishwasher. Some travel mugs have prints that should be preserved. So you can skip this idea, wash it manually and head on to the next.
Use A Mild Soap
Use a mild soap. It can be diluted in warm water or applied directly on the sponge. Use the sponge to clean and wash the interior and exterior areas. Don’t forget to scrub the lids and those areas where bacteria and mold can hide.
But why should you not use detergent? Detergent can leave a residue which can be potentially ingested. For travel mugs that are made from unlikely cheap materials, the strong smell of detergent can linger and contaminate.
Air dry your travel mug on a drying rack or wipe with a clean cloth. ,/p>
Vinegar is known of it natural antibacterial properties which makes it very ideal to be used as a cleaning agent for travel mugs. Simply soak your travel mug into a mixture of vinegar and warm water for 15 minutes and rinse. This can be done with lids and other parts.
Just like vinegar, baking soda is often used as a cleaning agent. In fact, it can be used not just in travel mugs but for other products that require deep cleaning.
Start by creating a paste like consistency from an equal parts of water/vinegar and baking soda. Brush can be used to clean hard to reach areas. Baking soda can also be used to soak overnight for stubborn stains except stainless steel travel mugs as they never stain.
How Often Should You Wash Your Travel Mug?
Travel mugs should be washed everyday because it helps prevent mould growth and accumulation of bacteria. You should also do a deep cleaning when you think your mug have residues, stains or mold. It is better to bring it home every night for cleaning and washing than be sorry.