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How to Clean Swig Lids, Tumblers + More

If you’re like us and use your Swigs daily, then you know that there’s nothing pretty about seeing stubborn coffee, wine, or other stains on your favorite Insulated Travel Mug or Slider Lid. Most coffee-holics have had to deal with the embarrassment of drinking from a stained cup (or trashing it altogether), but with Swig Life, you don’t have to make that choice. Everything you need to get stubborn stains and grime out of your Tumblers, Spill-Resistant Slider Lids, and Reusable Straws is within reach or available at your local grocery shop. Let’s walk through the best ways to clean those dirty (or should we say, well-loved) Tumblers or Travel Mugs

How to Clean Your Travel Mug or Tumbler

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At Swig Life, we’re no stranger to the world of Drinkware. If you recently purchased or were gifted one of our Travel Mugs or Tumblers, read below to learn our care instructions. Coffee and tea can create nasty, hard to get stains that can even impact the taste of your drinks. Here are a few ways to make your favorite reusable cup good as new: 

Naturally Clean Using Baking Soda

A great natural solution for cleaning your Stainless Steel Travel Mug or Tumbler of any hard stains like coffee or tea is by using baking soda. Follow the easy steps below to get your stainless steel sparkling like new!

To clean your Stainless Steel Travel Mug or Tumbler:

1. Pour baking soda into the inside of your travel mug

2. Slowly pour in warm water until the mixture forms a paste-like consistency

3. Use a bottle brush or sponge to scrub the paste inside the bottle and on the lid

4. Let it sit for up to 15 minutes

5. Rinse away the mixture with hot water and set to dry upside down on a drying rack

How to Remove Stains from your Swigs Lids & Rubber Gaskets

We know how annoying lingering coffee stains can be; even with immediate aftercare of your Swig Life Drinkware, some staining may occur over time with regular use. We recommend cleaning your Swig Lids daily to prevent bacteria, mold, and other germ buildups, however, staining does not mean your Swig is dirty. If it has been a while since you’ve deep cleaned your Swigs, don’t worry, we have a quick, easy, and effective solution for you! Follow these easy steps below: 

1. Carefully disassemble your Swig Lid: carefully take apart your slider lid, and gently remove your rubber gasket from the rim of your Swig Lid

2. The size of your bowl will depend on how many pieces you’re cleaning, but let’s start with one slider lid. Place your lid pieces including  rubber gaskets in a medium-sized bowl and fill about halfway with warm or hot water

3. Add about ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar and a couple of drops of Dawn dish soap, mix the solution with a toothbrush and gently scrub each piece to remove build-up

4. Optional: for deep staining, add 1 small cap full of bleach after scrubbing and let soak for at least 30 mins to remove stains. Tip - the longer you let soak, the better results you’ll get

5. Let dry, re-assemble, and enjoy! 


We all know how hard it can be to get the residue out of all the nooks and crannies of a silicone coffee cup lid - especially when they are spill-resistant like ours. The rubber seal on these kinds of lids can often be a breeding ground for bacteria if not properly cleaned. The good news? They’re built to be taken apart, thoroughly cleaned, and put back together easily.

 First, try deconstructing and cleaning your lid as outlined in video below

Follow Along These 5 Easy Steps:

1. Place the lid upside down on a flat, protected surface with slider lid closed
2. Then, using the blunt end of a spoon or other utensil, press firmly down on the slider until it becomes completely detached
3. Next, hand wash or place the slider in your dishwasher’s utensil basket
4. For more thorough cleaning, remove the rubber seal from your lid and gently wipe any residue that may still be lingering; replace rubber seal to lid once done
5. Finally, reassemble by placing your life right side up on a flat surface with a towel, and press the slider firmly back into place until secure

To further fight stains, try using the baking soda paste to clean your lid

Cleaning Your Flip + Sip & Other Swig Bottles

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 If you’re like us, you take your water bottle everywhere. From gym life to busy workday, after a while, it’s bound to get dirty. 

Here’s how to tackle the clean:  

Cleaning Your Insulated Water Bottles

For best results, we recommend using a bottle brush when cleaning your Flip + Sip Bottle to ensure you reach the bottom for a deep clean. When it comes time to clean your Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottles, make sure to use hot water. Boiling water will help lift bacteria and break down the grime hiding in your stainless steel bottles. All you have to do is:

1. Pour boiling water into the water bottle

2. Leave to soak overnight (add a drop of your favorite liquid dish soap, if desired)

3. Use your bottle brush + liquid dish soap to scrub the next day and watch it shine!

4. Rinse, reuse, and repeat every day with Swig Life!

Cleaning Natrually with a diluted hydrogren peroxide solution

Another cleaning solution you can use to clean your Stainless Steel Bottles is a diluted hydrogen peroxide solution. This natural cleaning agent is proven to eliminate bacteria and microorganisms lurking inside your bottle. To use this solution safely, however, you must create a diluted mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. To get started:

1. Rinse your mug with hot water

2. Gather or make a hydrogen peroxide solution that is 35% hydrogen peroxide, 65% water

3. Use a bottle brush to scrub and spread the solution inside your cup and lid

4. Rinse the mug or water bottle with hot water and air dry

Cleaning with Vinegar 

Another powerful and natural cleaning agent is distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is an incredible cleaning agent for eroding grease, grime, molds, and other bacteria festering inside your Insulated Travel Mug, Insulated Tumbler, or Stainless Steel Water Bottle. To get started:

1. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your Mug, Tumbler, or Water Bottle

2. Close the lid securely, and shake vigorously

3. Add hot water until it’s half full and use a brush to scrub any remaining build-up

4. Securely close the lid and shake again

5. Discard the water and rinse thoroughly

How to Clean Your Reusable Straws

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Sip, Sip, Hooray for Swig Straws! Reusable Straws can be hotbeds for dirt and grime to hide. Luckily for you, each pack of Swig Life Reusable Straws includes 1 cleaning brush so that you can stay healthy and hydrated all year long. If throwing your straws in the dishwasher isn’t helping, or if you don’t have a dishwasher, try these steps to deep clean your reusable plastic straws with baking soda:

1. Grab a pot large enough to submerge the straws - you’ll need a pot at least 11” in 

diameter in order to properly accommodate straw length

2. Fill it with hot water and baking soda

3. Soak the straws in hot water for 5-10 minutes

4. Let it cool and rinse using your cleaning brush to get any remaining debris and rinse with clean water

5. Voila! You now have clean, sanitized straws

There you have it! Whenever you encounter stains on your Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottles, Travel Mugs, Tumblers, Lids, or Straws, turn to this guide for help.   

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