How to Wash Your Travel Mug Properly
Many of us start our day off with our caffeine fix and if you are someone who is commuting to work , a reusable travel mug could come in handy.
While most travel mugs are durable enough to last for years, itís still important to look after them. You need to wash them regularly to prevent growth of bacteria and remove residue and odours. So here are a few tips on how to clean and wash your travel mug.
Probably the most convenient way of washing your travel mug is by tossing it into your dishwasher. While most travel mugs are dishwasher-safe, make sure to confirm this first by reading your mugís care instructions. Travel mugs with intricate designs and prints are probably not dishwasher-safe because the dishwasher could cause irreparable damage to your mug.
Manual washing is still the best way to clean your travel mug. Most travel mugs feature leak-proof lids which often have hard-to-reach areas that are conducive to bacterial growth. Dishwashers canít provide a thorough cleaning of these nooks and crannies thatís why itís still recommended to wash your mug with a brush and soapy water.
To wash your mug, start by rinsing it right after drinking to prevent residue build-up and to dislodge any stains. Soak the lid in soapy water to loosen any dried beverage. Use mild soap like Castille and avoid abrasive cleaning agents. Clean the interior of your mug with soapy water and cleaning brush with soft bristles. Brush gently to avoid chipping. Remove any residue from the bottom of the mug because any residue left invites bacterial growth which could lead to food poisoning. Once youíre sure that all residue has been removed, rinse your mug as well as its lid. Air dry before putting the lid back on. If you screw the lid without drying it, it could hold water which could then result in mould growth.
You could also use distilled white vinegar and baking soda instead of mild soap. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, and vinerage are widely known for their natural antibacterial properties which is why they are often used as cleaning agents. Both ingredients dissolve dirt, neutralises odour and kills bacteria and germs.
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking powder into 120ml vinegar for a deeper clean. Allow the solution to form a foam in your mug then wait until it subsides. Put the lid of your mug back on, shake vigorously and make sure the cleaning solution is applied into the inside of your mug. Pour the solution out then rinse both the mug and lid with tap water. Rinse properly to make sure all reside is removed. Leave your mug and its lid to dry separately overnight.
Itís important to not take your mug for granted because you might need to replace it sooner than later. With proper care, your mug will last for many years before you need to buy a replacement. Washing it regularly could prevent any bacterial and mould growth. You also do not want the money you invested to go to waste by neglecting your mug.
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