Here’s a few simple tricks to make sure you enjoy your Andy+ Travel Mug (or any other reusable travel mug for coffee or tea) for the longest amount of time possible. Now, I hate to be your mom and tell you how to wash your stuff, but these basic tricks will help your travel mug hygiene and, in consequence, will make help your coffee taste great all the time.
A quick note before we start, if you're putting a drink mixed with milk in your travel mug, you will be increasing the probability of the cup picking up foul odors. If that sounds like you, pay attention twice as much.
This may seem obvious but it's easy to skip. When you have the opportunity, rinse out your coffee travel mug with water. Do the same with the cap. Then, when you get home, you can actually clean it.
Wash it every day that you can. Nothing helps to keep your travel mug odor free more than a daily wash. At the very least, give it a good hot water rinse.
You should not have to spend half an hour cleaning your mug every day. But every once in a while, you might want to put in a little extra effort, especially when you start getting some bad odors. A few tricks exist in a case where you forgot your mug, with coffee, in the car for a few days and the odors are getting stubbornly hard to remove.
There are two are two main parts to every reusable travel mug: the lid and the container. Both have to be washed.
For the container, use baking soda and white vinegar. Drop the bakings soda in the mug and pour the white vinegar over it. Let it react completely. Once the reaction is done, start scrubbing with a toothbrush. After some good elbow greasing, rinse it out.
The lid is the tricky part. Most odors tend to get stuck here because a) lids often have many parts and oil, dirty stuff and bacteria can get stuck in those tiny unreachable places and b) many lids have a silicone part to help completely seal the cup and these tend to absorb odors. To clean, disassemble the lid as much as you can and scrub all the little crannies with the toothbrush. Then, put the disassembled lid into a solution of hot water with some baking soda and let it soak overnight. Finally, rinse every part and put it back together.
Other tricks include soaking the parts in a water with either denture cleaner or Cafiza (a product created to help clean espresso machines and parts). Many places online recommend using bleach. However, most reusable mug brands have a note in their instructions stating that you shouldn't use bleach.
Like you would do with your gym bottle, let it dry without the cap. Many travel mugs are leak proof and, in consequence, keep a lot of humidity and odors if stored with their caps sealed on. Leave the cap off and the bottle open so that the air is flowing through it.
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