How to Clean Coffee Mugs

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Coffee mugs are made of various materials, including ceramic, glass, metal and plastic. Mug designs and shapes differ depending on the material used and the purpose of the mug -- whether to simply hold the coffee or also keep it warm. Some mugs such as travel and thermal coffee mugs may have a removable liner, lid or both. Typically, cleaning a coffee mug requires little effort beyond washing it to remove coffee or other beverage residues and gently scrubbing it to remove stains.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild detergent
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Sponge (optional)
  • Nonabrasive scrubbing pad
  • Baking soda
  • Distilled white vinegar (optional)
  • Dish drainer (optional)
  • Dish towel (optional)
  • Wash your coffee mug in warm, soapy water with a microfiber cloth or small sponge. If your mug has a removable liner or lid, wash these pieces as well.

  • Scrub away coffee stains with a nonabrasive scrubbing pad. If you have a tough stain, sprinkle baking soda on the pad and then scrub.

  • If you have a stain that won't wear away, rinse out the mug, fill it with distilled white vinegar, set it aside to soak overnight and try scrubbing again.

  • Rinse the mug thoroughly after you wash it to remove detergent residues.

  • Place the mug in a dish drainer to air-dry or hand dry with a soft, dish towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use abrasives or harsh chemicals to clean your coffee mug.

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