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Maintaining Your Travel Tea Mug: Tips And Tricks

Maintaining Your Travel Tea Mug: Tips And Tricks - Firebelly Tea

Drive-through cafes and car cup holders have transformed how we enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee. Winding down country roads as you leisurely sip an earthy green or robust black tea can make your journey even more enjoyable, especially when you have our trusty travel mug to keep your delicious beverages warm and spill-free. 

However, ensuring your travel tea mug remains in top-notch condition requires proper and regular maintenance. From cleaning to storage, there are several tips and tricks you can easily do to keep your travel tea mug looking brand-new. 

This article covers everything you need to know about washing and maintaining your travel tea mug, lid, and press, as well as effective cleaning methods and best practices. Before we get started, let's go through what makes travel mugs so amazing.

What is a Travel Mug?

Travel mugs, often called thermal mugs or insulated mugs, stand as an alternative to a water bottle and a versatile solution for those who lead active lifestyles or simply enjoy their beverages on the move. Crafted from various durable materials, an insulated travel mug caters to several diverse tastes and practical requirements. 

The sleek design and inviting color options of our Stop-Infusion Travel Mug ensure you get a durable and stylish way to enjoy a hot cup of brew on the go. At the heart of its design lies the primary function: keeping your tea hot. Whether you're sipping a piping hot cup of tea during a cool and crisp morning commute or enjoying a refreshing iced beverage on a summer hike through the hills, a travel mug's ability to maintain your beverage's desired temperature is what it's all about. 

An insulated travel mug keeps your drink at just the right temperature due to its sealed lid and double-wall vacuum-insulated construction, where the walls act as a barrier against letting the outside air in or letting the liquid temperatures out. This feature not only keeps your drink hot or cold for extended periods but also ensures the mug's exterior remains comfortable, regardless of the temperature inside, making it easy to hold. 

Another thing worth noting is that, unlike most mugs, the practicality of our Stop-Infusion Travel Mug goes beyond the typical water bottle design. These mugs are engineered for hassle-free transportation and consumption. They are equipped with leak-proof lids and ergonomic designs. Whether trying to navigate busy and crowded subway stations or rugged and rocky hiking trails, you can rest easy knowing your travel mug lid will keep your beverage from spilling all over. 

Our well-designed Stop-Infusion Travel Mug's convenience and durability make it a perfect accessory over a regular water bottle that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. It offers a reliable solution for enjoying your favorite drinks wherever your path takes you.

How Do I Use My Stop-Infusion Travel Mug?

Unlike a regular plastic or stainless steel reusable water bottle, a travel mug offers more for people on the go. While a travel mug is mainly designed as an ergonomic container to keep your favorite tea piping hot or your iced tea refreshingly cold, it can also serve as a reliable container for other beverages, like coffee. 

However, the main function of these mugs and lid designs is to keep your beverages secure instead of letting them end up all over your clothes or car seats. Equipped with secure lids and rugged construction, these mugs double as reliable containers, ensuring that hydration remains a priority during outdoor activities or extended journeys. 

Whether you're conquering rugged hiking trails, braving bustling city streets, or navigating endless stretches of highway, this sturdy water bottle alternative can help you stay refreshed and revitalized.

Speaking of sturdy, the strength of our travel mug, lid, and press makes it a viable choice over water bottles. Unlike reusable plastic water bottles, these mugs are manufactured from durable materials such as stainless steel or impact-resistant plastics and can withstand tough and rough terrain. They can endure bumps, knocks, and tumbles without compromising their integrity or losing one drop of your delicious tea. 

How To Properly Clean Your Stop-Infusion Travel Mug

Although there may be more than a few ways to wash other brands of travel mugs, they might not be the most effective methods for properly cleaning them. We recommend hand washing and cleaning your Stop-Infusion Travel Mug for the most effective cleaning method—and it's super quick and simple to do! 

With minimal scrubbing, your mug and detachable infuser press will remain free from residue and odors, allowing you to enjoy your favorite teas without lingering flavors from previous brews. The following care instructions can be used to carefully wash, rinse, and care for your travel mug.

#1. Dissasemble The Pieces

Before cleaning to remove stains and keep your mug sparkling clean, begin by disassembling the components and separating the infuser press from the main body. This step is crucial for a thorough, deep clean, as it allows you to access all the nooks and crevices where tea particles may accumulate.

#2. Carefully Rinse And Soak

Once disassembled, rinse the infuser and press under warm water. It will help remove any loose tea leaves or any bit of debris. You can even use hot or boiling water to clean your mug's rubber seal and lid. Next, fill your sink or basin with soapy boiling or hot water, and add a little dish soap, mild dish detergent, or a soap specifically formulated for cleaning rubber parts such as the lid.

Soak all the parts of your mug, including the infuser press, in the soapy water mixture, ensuring that they are fully immersed. Allow them to soak in the sink for a few minutes to loosen any stubborn residue or stains.

#3. Gently Clean The Pieces

After you soak all the pieces, hand wash them using a soft-bristled bottle brush, soft water bottle brush, or sponge. Start gently scrubbing the interior and exterior surfaces of the infuser press with your bottle brush. 

As you scrub, pay close attention to fine mesh, screen, grooves, or crevices where particles may be trapped. Avoid scrubbing with your soft brush or sponge too vigorously, and avoid using abrasive cleaners and metal scouring pads—they can scratch the stainless steel surface and destroy the rubber seal of the lids, compromising its overall integrity.

#4. Rinse Everything Thoroughly

After you hand wash the inside and outside of your mug, infuser press, rubber seal, and lid, rinse all the pieces under warm running water to remove any lingering dish soap. Inspect the lid, seal, and other components carefully to ensure you've removed all dish soap and residue traces. If any stubborn stained areas persist, you may need to repeat the cleaning process with your soft brush or use a specialized cleaner instead of dish soap for a deep clean to target specific areas.

#5. Re-Assemble All The Pieces

After you have rinsed the entire mug, lid, press, and seal under warm water to remove any remaining soap solution residue, pat all the components dry with a clean towel or allow them to air dry. Once you've allowed them to air dry, re-assemble the components, ensuring that the infuser press is securely attached to the lid. You don't have to fasten the lid all the way to store your travel mug away until you're ready to make another brew to go.

By following these steps and washing and cleaning your Stop-Infusion Travel Mug with dish soap and warm water, you can ensure that it remains in perfect condition ready to brew your favorite teas time and time again.

Can You Use Baking Soda to Clean The Tea Stains From a Travel Mug?

We've all seen how tea and coffee can stain cups or discolor a coffee maker. Travel mugs are prone to developing the same coffee and tea stains over time, which can affect the appearance and taste of your drink. One common method for removing discolored areas is using baking soda. 

Baking soda is a mild abrasive that can effectively scrub away tea and coffee-stained areas without damaging the stainless steel surface. To clean your travel mug with baking soda, simply create a paste by adding water to baking soda. Allow the paste to sit for a few minutes before you begin scrubbing your mug with a soft brush or sponge. Then, hand wash the affected areas and rinse thoroughly with warm water, removing any baking soda mixture that might still be left.

Can You Use Distilled White Vinegar to Clean The Tea Stains From a Travel Mug?

Another popular method for cleaning stained cups is using distilled white vinegar along with baking soda. Vinegar is mildly acidic, making it effective at breaking down stains and residue, and the mixture of foam created from baking soda and vinegar works together to lift even the toughest stains. 

To hand wash your travel mug with vinegar, mix equal parts vinegar, baking soda, and water in the mug and let the mixture foam. Allow the mug to soak for several hours or overnight. The acidity of the vinegar loosens stubborn stains, making them easier to remove. Cleaning is fairly easy, but be careful not to shake your mug full of baking soda and vinegar, as it foams easily and could create a huge mess.

After soaking, dump out any foam solution and scrub the mug's interior with a soft brush or sponge. Next, rinse thoroughly with water to remove any vinegar odor.

Is it Better to Use Cold or Hot Water To Clean Your Stainless Steel Travel Mug?

When it comes to cleaning your stainless steel travel mug, the temperature of the water you use can make a difference. While cold and hot water can be effective for steel and ceramic, hot water is generally more efficient.

Hot water softens dried-on tea stains, making them easier to scrub away. Additionally, the heat can help kill bacteria and sanitize the mug's interior. However, if you're dealing with particularly stubborn coffee and tea stains, soaking the mug, lid, and press in cold water first can help loosen them before using a gentle brush and hot water for a deeper clean.

Are Firebelly Travel Mugs Dishwasher Safe?

Firebelly products are renowned for their durability and innovative designs. They are perfect for taking a warm cup of coffee or tea on your next adventure. Although other Firebelly products are dishwasher safe, it is best to avoid using a dishwasher when cleaning Firebelly Travel Mugs. They are not dishwasher safe but just as easy to clean.

One of the primary reasons our travel mugs are not dishwasher safe is their intricate design, which incorporates multiple components and features such as a lid and rubber seal. We use dishwasher-safe materials like stainless steel in the mug construction. Still, other components, such as the lid, silicone gaskets, and coatings that retain heat, may not be dishwasher safe. They could be susceptible to damage or degradation when exposed to the harsh detergents used in dishwasher cleaning.

Since Firebelly Travel Mugs are not dishwasher safe and require a little extra effort with hand cleaning, it also reflects the brand's commitment to quality, longevity, and user satisfaction. By following the manufacturer's care instructions, owners can enjoy years of reliable performance and unparalleled beverage enjoyment, whether at home or on the go.

If you are also looking for dishwasher-safe products, here is our list of high-quality products you can put in the dishwasher:

  • Iced tea pitcher with infuser

  • Small teapot

  • Large teapot

  • Jeremyville artist teapot

  • Teacup

  • Matcha Bowl


Maintaining and cleaning your travel mug is essential for preserving its functionality and longevity. Following the tips and tricks outlined in this article, you can keep your mug clean and ready for your next adventure. Whether you prefer using baking soda, vinegar, or hot water for cleaning, consistency and thoroughness are key. 

With proper cleaning care, your travel tea mug will continue providing warm, delicious beverages wherever your travels take you. So, grab your favorite tea blend, fill up your trusty mug, and embark on your next journey, confidently enjoying cup after cup of delicious Firebelly teas.

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