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How To Wash A Contigo Travel Mug

Contigo travel mugs are a very popular ecologically aware alternative to plastic and paper cups. They are also a great way to save money as you can make your own tea, coffee, juices and other drinks at home and bring them with you when you leave. The specialized vacuum closing system makes the cup drip free for travel while sealing in delicious freshness. There is only one drawback: not many people know how to clean them!

Cleaning Steel Contigo Travel Mugs:The steel ones are the easiest to clean. Just put them in the top rack of the dish washer with the nozzles in “drinking” position and the hot, soapy water should work it’s magic. If you are the owner of a plastic or a ceramic version or are worried that a dish washer may mess up the seal, however, you are going to need to wash it by hand.

Cleaning Ceramic or Plastic Contigo Travel Mugs:Start with a sink or tub of hot soapy water and let your cup soak for about ten minutes to loosen up any dried on drinks, sugars, or molds that may have started to build up. From there, use a bottle brush, a nipple brush, or even a Wilton tip brush to gently scrub the dirt away. Be sure to pay special attention to grooves, corners, and the drinking nozzle as those are the areas most likely to accumulate dirt. After that, go over it again with a soft cloth to be sure it is all clean and either hand dry or set it up in a drying rack with the nozzle in “drinking” position to air dry. If all of this did not work, it is time to get fizzy!

The cheapest way to go is simple vinegar and baking soda. Place about one tablespoons hot water and two tablespoons baking soda in the bottom of your cup. Close the lid and shake it vigorously to mix everything up. After that, pour in one tablespoon of vinegar and reclose the lid. Listen for the fizzing to slow down. When it does, pump it a few times to let the fizzy mixture clean up the “closed” areas as well. From there, rinse well and air dry. Any vinegar smell will go away on it’s own! If the vinegar smell is too much, try tossing a tablet of denture cleaner into a water-filled mug and letting things soak over night for a powerful odor-free cleaning alternative.

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