How to Clean Your Coffee Thermos

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What you will need

There are tons of different kinds of thermoses that are made of different materials and have individual nooks that are difficult to clean. 

We also store everything from coffee to soup in thermoses, so you will need different methods for cleaning them properly. We have a few tips on how to best keep your thermos clean.

  • Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Bottle Brush
  • Salt
  • Rice 
  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Denture Tablets

Cleaning Your Coffee Thermos

The cleaning steps will depend on how dirty your thermos has gotten. Start off with a regular wash using hot water and dish soap. Fill the thermos and then seal it with the lid.

Give your thermos a good shake to make sure the entire inside gets soapy and cleaned. If you need to repeat this a few times. A bottle brush will help you scrub the hard to reach places, so I recommend picking one up. 

Sometimes a really dirty thermos can get difficult to clean. The next trick you can use is mixing ¼ of a cup of baking soda inside and filling it with water. Let this sit overnight to break up the residue stuck to the sides. You can also use the old coffee carafe trick with rice and vinegar. 

Fill your thermos a third of the way with water, then mix in ¼ a cup of white vinegar and some dry rice. Seal your thermos and shake the mixture around. The rice will scrub the sides of the thermos while the vinegar loosens the residue. 

If all else fails, you can pull out one of the best thermos cleaners you can get, denture tablets. 

Fill the thermos with water and drop a tablet or two into it. Make sure you leave the lid off and let it sit until it stops fizzing. These tablets will break up and residue and mineral deposits that are on the sides and bottom of your thermos. I suggest leaving this for a few hours or even overnight. Finish it off with the bottle brush and dry it upside down. Voila, a perfectly clean thermos. 

Additional Tips and Advice

There are a few extra things to keep in mind when taking care of your thermos. First, don’t wash your thermos in the dishwasher or completely submerge your thermos in water. This can allow water to get in between the liner and ruin your thermos

We don’t use our favorite thermos year-round, so you will need to store it at some point. Before storing it in the cabinet for the summer, put a teaspoon of salt into it to keep it from smelling musty when you break it back out for the colder months.

Summary and Conclusion

Cleaning a thermos thoroughly can be a challenge. Start with a standard clean and ramp-up to the heavier stuff if you need it. The better care you take of your thermos, the longer it will last you. Who doesn’t like to keep their coffee hot throughout the workday? 

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