How to Clean Coffee Mugs

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. .

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.

Things You Will Need

  • Mild detergent
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Sponge (optional)
  • Nonabrasive scrubbing pad
  • Baking soda
  • Distilled white vinegar (optional)
  • Dish drainer (optional)
  • Dish towel (optional)


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

About the Author

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.