Ah, coffee. It wakes you up in the morning and keeps you energized and motivated through hectic workdays, high-energy workouts, long travel days, and more. The next best thing to coffee might just be the travel coffee mug, a helpful companion that lets you bring your coffee wherever you go. Stainless steel travel mugs are especially great, keeping your coffee hot for hours at a time. The Temp Max insulation in our Healthy Human Cruiser Tumblers keeps your coffee hot for 12 hours!
You want to keep your travel coffee mug in top condition for as long as possible, so properly caring for it is crucial. Can you put your stainless steel travel mug in the dishwasher? How do you clean stainless steel straws? Here’s how to keep your travel mug and accessories nice and clean.
How to clean insulated stainless steel coffee mugs
The dishwasher sure is convenient, and it’s tempting to toss in your travel mug for a quick wash; however, stainless steel travel coffee mugs should be washed by hand. When you put your travel mug through the dishwasher, water can become trapped between the layers of insulation and cause mold to grow. For Healthy Human Cruiser Tumblers, the dishwasher can reduce the heating and cooling capacity of the flask. That means your hot coffee won’t stay as hot, and no one wants that!
Always hand wash your stainless steel travel coffee mug and be sure to clean it extra thoroughly before using it for the first time. To wash your travel mug, get a clean sponge nice and soapy with dish soap and wipe down the entire mug. Rinse it off with fresh water and dry it with a clean cloth. Do not use bleach or cleansers containing chlorine to clean the travel mug.
For an even deeper clean, fill your travel mug with a mixture of water and a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar and let the mixture sit. After about 15 to 30 minutes, rinse the travel mug under running water and dry it off with a cloth.
You can also use baking soda in addition to vinegar. In this case, add a tablespoon or two of baking soda to your travel mug and pour in some distilled white vinegar – about ¼ cup. Allow the mixture to bubble up, then place the lid on the mug and shake the mug for a few seconds. Pour out the mixture and rinse the travel mug with hot water. Dry off the mug with a clean cloth.
How to clean your travel coffee mug lid
When cleaning your insulated coffee mug, don’t forget to clean the accessories! This includes the mug’s lid. Different lids may have different cleaning instructions depending on the material, but most are typically safe to put in the dishwasher. Healthy Human’s Cruiser Tumbler Lids are made with a food-grade, BPA-free plastic that’s dishwasher safe. How’s that for convenient cleaning!
Of course, if you want to ensure your lid gets extra clean, you can wash it by hand using a clean sponge, dish soap, and warm water. For an even deeper clean, allow the lid to soak in a mixture of distilled white vinegar and warm water for about 15 to 30 minutes. Then, rinse it off under running water and dry the lid with a cloth.
To ensure every nook and cranny of the lid is clean, you can scrub the lid using a toothbrush and a 1:1 mixture of water and baking soda. As always, rinse the lid with clean water and dry it off when you’re done.
How to clean reusable metal straws
Did you know that the plastic waste created from America’s daily straw usage would be enough to cover the earth’s circumference 2.5 times? Yikes! Reusable metal straws are a great alternative to single-use plastic straws – that’s why we include one in your purchase of a Healthy Human Cruiser Tumbler. When cleaning your travel mug, remember to also clean the straw.
Our 18/8 stainless steel straws are dishwasher safe. If you prefer to wash your straw by hand, try using a straw cleaner brush (which we also include in your purchase of a Cruiser Tumbler. You’re welcome!). To clean the straw using a brush, rinse the straw with soapy warm or hot water. Get the brush sudsy as well, and push the brush through the straw. Do this several times until you’re confident that the straw is clean, and rinse everything with clean water.
Just like other parts of the mug, you can also clean the straw by letting it soak in a mixture of water and distilled white vinegar. No vinegar on hand? Allowing the straw to soak in soapy water will work, too. Don’t forget to rinse after soaking!
A quick note: While we love that you’re using a reusable straw (thanks for contributing to a happy planet!), we recommend not using the stainless steel straws with hot beverages.
How to get coffee smell out of your travel mug
Over time, the smell of coffee can linger in lower-quality travel mugs, even after you’ve washed them. Pour about 4 oz of distilled white vinegar into your travel mug, then add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz, then fill the rest of your mug up with hot water. Let this mixture sit for 10 to 30 minutes or so, then rinse the mug with clean water and dry it with a cloth. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
An easier option: use a Healthy Human Cruiser Tumbler. Our 12-oz, 20-oz, and 32-oz tumblers are made with a premium, food-grade stainless steel that doesn’t retain or impart smell or taste. That means your fresh coffee smells and tastes like fresh coffee, not stale coffee leftover from last week.
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Your travel coffee mug keeps your fresh coffee nice and hot. Show it some love in return by properly cleaning it! All of our Cruiser Tumblers are easy to clean and keep your coffee hot for hours. Want to learn more about our travel coffee mugs? Click here to check out our collection!