How to Care For Your Colorful Mugs

Add a sealant like this dishwasher-safe mod podge if you want your painted mug designs to be extra resistant and washable. It is a good idea to clean your mug with rubbing alcohol before painting and then wait 48 hours for the paint to dry.

You can use acrylic or oil-based paint pens. I prefer the latter as they are hard-wearing and survive better on ceramics.

Wash It Regularly

Washing your mug regularly helps to keep it sanitary and safe for drinking. If you clean it infrequently, the mug can accumulate bacteria and other contaminants that can harm your health. Washing your mug is also essential for maintaining its color and appearance.

First, hot water and dish soap are used to rinse the mug thoroughly. It would help if you scrubbed any stains with a sponge or scrub brush to remove any stuck debris. If you have a stubborn stain, you can try using baking soda. This cleaning product is a mild abrasive that will work to lift stains without damaging fragile materials like ceramic.

Try using rubbing alcohol to remove stains and blemishes from your mug. Please test a small mug area with this ingredient before applying it to the whole surface, as some paints might react to rubbing alcohol differently.

Dry It Well

A mug is more than just a container for coffee or tea. It is a great way to connect with others and express yourself. Whether your style is sweet and subtle or has borderline dangerous levels of sass, there’s a mug for you. Luckily, ceramic mugs are dishwasher-safe and durable enough to withstand time.

If a ceramic or porcelain mug is stained too long, give it a pre-wash treatment with a denture tablet. Fill your mug halfway with warm water and add the denture tablets. Let the mug soak for 10 minutes, then scrub away stains with a sponge and rinse. You’ll be surprised at how well this trick works! Baking soda is also effective against stubborn stains, especially on stainless steel. Just sprinkle baking soda on the stain, scrub with a soft sponge, and then rinse.

Store It Properly

Ceramic color changing mugs can last for years, exceptionally if correctly cared for. The best way to preserve the life of a ceramic mug is to avoid using it in the microwave or dishwasher and to wash it by hand regularly with mild soap. Keeping a ceramic mug clean also helps to prevent chips and cracks, which accidental drops or harsh cleaning products can cause.

Stainless steel mugs are popular for coffee and tea drinkers because they keep drinks hot longer and can be used in the microwave or oven. These mugs are incredibly durable and withstand scratches, dents, and chips. Regardless of the material, washing by hand is recommended to prevent water from seeping through any seams and damaging the inner wall.

For stains on stoneware and porcelain mugs, try a denture tablet treatment. Fill the mug with warm water and add a denture tablet. Allow the tablet to fizz, dump the water, and rinse with clean water. Repeat as needed until the mug is spotless.

Keep It Clean

Stains are the easiest to prevent if you wash your mugs properly. Especially when they’re new, rinse them after you use them to eliminate any residues that can cause set-in stains. Rinsing also keeps your mug looking and tasting its best!

If you’ve already gotten coffee or tea stains in your cup, you can usually get them out with household products. Fill your mug with warm water, and add a tablespoon of white vinegar. Soak for 10 minutes, then scrub with an abrasive sponge, rinse, and you’re good to go!

Baking soda is another effective stain remover. Dampen a sponge or cloth in cool water, and dip it in baking soda. The granules will lift the stains and are less harsh than bleach or other chemical cleaners. For extra-stiff stains, you can mix baking soda with water and scrub the stain away. This method is particularly effective on stainless steel due to its smooth surface and durability.