How to Clean a Thermos – A Quick Small Tip
When it comes to maintaining and cleaning a thermos, it actually requires a different approach than your standard water bottle. It is uniquely constructed and uses special materials, materials that are not exactly common in kitchen wares. With that in mind, I’ve made a detailed guideline on how to properly clean your thermos. Check out the guideline below for the variety of ways on how to clean a thermos.
Cleaning Materials that You Will Need
Cleaning Thermos Methods
There are 4 different ways to clean a thermos: Standard Method - This method uses casual dishwashing liquid and water to clean up a thermos; BAKEGAR Method - this method uses baking soda and vinegar to clean a thermos; thirdly, Ice and salt can help the job done; lastly, Dental/Antacid Tablet Cleaning Method. Now, let's go deeper into how we do it:
#1. Standard Method – Dishwashing Liquid and Water
#2. BAKEGAR Method - Baking Soda and Vinegar Cleaning Method
In the instance where there are visible stains inside or on the bottom of your thermos, a water and dishwasher approach might not be enough. This is where you bring in some unique cleaning methods onto the table.
#3. Salt and Ice Cleaning Method
This is another method on how to clean a thermos which uses simple and easy to find household items such as salt and ice.
I actually prefer this method as salt and ice are all-natural cleaning solutions and are perfectly safe, health-wise.
#4. Denture or Antacid Tablet Cleaning Method
Another easy alternative to cleaning the interior of your thermos is by using denture or antacid tablets. These tablets can be bought over the counter from your local pharmacy. The reason for this inclusion here is due to the fact that these kinds of tablets contain sodium bicarbonate as an active ingredient.
What is sodium bicarbonate? It’s basically baking soda which is a great cleaning chemical. Another reason is that since denture or antacid tablets are designed to clean things you put in your mouth they are also perfectly safe. They have an anti-bacterial effect which sterilizes the thermos.
Additional Tips for Taking Care of your Thermos
As I have stated earlier, a thermos will require a different approach when it comes to the cleaning process. What is the effect on most kitchenware will not be or might even damage the integrity of a thermos? Below is a guideline on what to do and not do when cleaning your thermos.
Never put your thermos in a dishwasher!
Do not submerge your thermos completely underwater. Water might seep inside the small linings in the insulation which would cause damage over time.
Never use bleach to clean the thermos!
Bleach can degrade the steel welds inside. If you will be storing the thermos during the summer, I suggest you place a clove inside to prevent the moldy smell from developing. An alternative to clove is a teaspoon of salt.
Follow the guidelines and tips above to ensure that your thermos remains clean and in good condition. Also, having a top-quality thermos will ensure longevity and safety. If you have other effective thermos cleaning techniques you would like to share then please feel free to use the comment section below.
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