How To Clean A Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug
Cleaning A Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug By Hand
Don't put these mugs in the dishwasher!
That being said, the lids for all Contigo mugs are dishwasher safe. They are made of plastic and don't have seals that can be compromised like some other lids or the body of their mugs.
Cleaning an autoseal mug is super easy though even if you don't use the dishwasher. Just rinse your cup out and brush it out with a bottle brush and soapy water. The lid should be disassembled or opened up to do the job right.
If you have an older model Contigo with a lid that doesn't open then you may have to do a good periodic soak in bleach to ensure all the stuff that settles in the nooks and crannies gets properly cleaned.
Always Clean With Soap & Water by Hand
Use soft touch bottle brushes to get deep into the tumbler and between spaces in the lid and try to reserve one mug for tea and another mug for coffee as residual coffee smells can sometimes linger even after a good cleaning.
How To Clean The Lid
Some older model Autoseal mugs do not have an easy open or easy access lid. These lids are much harder to clean. You should soak these lids periodically in a cleaning solution such as soap and water overnight periodically. Once a month or so a soak in a vinegar/water solution can be helpful.
For newer model easy access lids there is a hinged mechanism on the bottom of the lid that opens up to reveal the inside of the lid. Just turn the screw on the bottom of the lid to open it up and then scrub away once a month or so with warm soapy water and small bottle brush that can get into nooks and crannies.
Once well washed leave out to air dry.
Yes you could put this in the dishwasher but it will clean better with a scrubbing and washing by hand is far less likely to damage the parts that form the tight, leak-proof seal.
Better Cleaning With Oxo Brushes
Oxo makes some really great bottle brushes that I started using on my son's baby bottles and sippy cups. They also work awesome for the little spaces in the lid on my Contigo mugs.
These are just like the Oxo brushes I use in my own home.