How to Clean a Yeti Cup?

I finally found a cup that could maintain the temperature of my coffee. Yeti cups offer superior insulation and are pretty durable.

YETI Rambler 30 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler w/MagSlider Lid, Black

However, I began growing weary of the odors and stains that my beverages used to leave inside the cup. 

Then I discovered a few techniques to clean my yeti that made the smell/stains go away. 

Allow me to guide you through the process of effectively cleaning your Yeti Cup and making it look and smell as good as new.

How to Clean a Yeti Cup?

Let us now proceed toward cleaning the Yeti cup.

First, rinse your cup with hot water to remove any stubborn stains or residues. 

Pour out any remaining liquid and fill the cup halfway with hot water. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes to help loosen any stuck-on particles.

After the cup has soaked, add a drop of dish soap and some water. Use a non-abrasive sponge or soft cloth to scrub the interior and exterior of the cup thoroughly. 

Be sure to pay extra attention to areas with stains or residue. Rinse under warm water to ensure all soap is removed.

Watch the video below for clarity:

How to Clean Tough Stains from a Yeti Cup

If your Yeti cup has stubborn stains like coffee or tea, there are a few methods to get your cup looking new again. 

White Vinegar

First, you can use white vinegar to help remove the stains. Mix white vinegar and hot water in equal parts, then pour it into your cup. 

The acidity of the vinegar will help loosen and break down any lingering residue. Begin by filling the cup with a 1:1 ratio of hot water and vinegar. 

Allow it to sit for several minutes, allowing the solution to penetrate and dissolve the stains.

Next, use a soft sponge or cloth to gently scrub the interior of the cup. Be sure to pay special attention to the problem areas where stains are most prevalent. 

Once you have scrubbed the entire surface, rinse the cup thoroughly with hot water to remove any remaining solution.

Baking Soda 

Baking soda is another effective way to clean tough stains. Make a paste by mixing equal parts of baking soda and water. 

Apply the paste on the stained area and let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub with a soft cloth or sponge.

The mild abrasive properties of baking soda will help remove any stubborn stains. After scrubbing, rinse the cup with hot water to remove all residue.

Lemon and Salt 

Similar to the vinegar technique mentioned above, you can also try using a lemon wedge dipped in table salt to scrub the stained areas gently. 

The acidic nature of lemon juice combined with the mild abrasiveness of salt will aid in tackling those tough stains.

Yeti Cleaning Tablets

For persistent stains, YETI Cleaning Tablets can be a great solution. Fill your Yeti cup with warm water, drop in a tablet, and let it dissolve for five minutes. 

After the tablet has dissolved, give the cup a good scrub, and rinse it out to reveal a clean, stain-free surface.

For more details, watch the video below 

Also read: Can You Put a Yeti Cup In the Freezer?

Can Yeti Cups Be Cleaned in the Dishwasher?

Yes, Yeti cups, such as the Rambler, Tumbler, and Lowball, are indeed dishwasher safe.

The durable 18/8 stainless steel construction ensures that your Yeti cup remains intact and in excellent condition, even after multiple washes.

When you decide to clean your Yeti cup in the dishwasher, remember first to separate the lid or cap from the cup itself. 

Remove the rubber gasket in the lid and throw it in the silverware basket. To avoid any potential damage, place the cup and lid on the top rack of the dishwasher. 

Choose a mild detergent and avoid using strong bleach or other harsh chemicals.

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How to Get Mold out of a Yeti Cup

Cleaning mold from your Yeti cup doesn’t have to be a hassle. Follow these simple steps to keep your cup mold-free and smelling fresh.

To start, try giving your Yeti cup a thorough wash. Fill your sink up with warm, soapy water and give it a good scrub using a bottle brush. 

Remember, Yeti cups are dishwasher safe, so you can always pop them in the dishwasher if you prefer.

For a deeper clean, create a vinegar solution by combining equal parts of water and white vinegar in your Yeti cup. 

Place the lid on, then gently shake it for a few seconds. Next, allow it to soak overnight. The next day, discard the vinegar solution and give the cup a final rinse with warm water.

In cases with stubborn mold or funky smells, prepare a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar and a teaspoon of dish soap in the Yeti cup. Fill the rest of the cup with hot water, and let it soak for a while. After that, use a sponge to scrub and wash the tumbler.

How to Get Smell Out of Yeti Cup

To get rid of unwanted odors, follow the steps below: 

Start by rinsing your cup with hot water to remove any remaining liquid or residue. If your cup has stuck-on residue, fill it halfway with hot water and let it sit for 10-20 minutes to loosen it up.

Next, add a drop of dish soap and some water to your cup, then scrub it thoroughly with a sponge or a soft brush. 

Be sure to reach all the nooks and crannies of the cup, as trapped residue may be the source of the smell. Once you’ve cleaned your cup, rinse it well with warm water to remove any remaining soap.

If your Yeti cup still smells after washing, try filling it with a mixture of 1/2 cup of vinegar and a teaspoon of dish soap, then add hot water to fill up the rest of the way. 

Let the mixture soak in the cup for some time to eliminate any lingering odors and hard water buildup. After soaking, scrub the cup with a sponge, and then rinse it thoroughly.

For tough stains or persistent smells, you may also consider using Yeti cleaning tablets. Simply drop a tablet into your cup, fill it with water, and let it sit for five minutes before washing it out.

Remember to also clean the Yeti cup lid, as the smell might be coming from there. You can either wash the lid by hand using mild dish soap or place it in the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning.

Also read: 8 Reasons Yeti Cups are So Expensive

How to Clean Yeti Rambler Caps and Lids

In this section, we’ll discuss some helpful steps for cleaning different types of Yeti Rambler caps and lids using basic cleaning materials.

Cleaning a Yeti Cup Cap

To clean a standard Yeti Cup Cap, first, disassemble the cap by removing any silicone seals or gaskets. 

Soak the cap and the gasket in a solution of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap for a few minutes. 

Use a soft cloth or sponge to gently scrub the cap and gasket, focusing on any stained or hard-to-reach areas. 

Rinse the cap and the gasket thoroughly under running water and allow them to air-dry before reassembling.

Cleaning a Straw Cap

For a Yeti Straw Cap, remove the straw and silicone seal from the cap. You can use a specially designed straw brush to clean the inside of the straw with warm soapy water. 

Clean the cap and the silicone seal separately using soapy water as described in the previous section.

Rinse all components well and allow them to air-dry before reassembling.

Cleaning a Triple Haul Cap

The Triple Haul Cap can be cleaned similarly to the standard cup cap. Disassemble the cap, remove the gasket, and soak all parts in warm soapy water. 

Gently scrub the cap and the gasket with a soft cloth or sponge, taking care to reach any crevices. Rinse all components thoroughly and let them air-dry before reassembling.

Cleaning a Hot Shot Cap

To clean a Hot Shot Cap, twist off the cap and disassemble it to expose its inner components. Soak the parts in a mild dish soap and warm water solution. 

Use a small brush or cloth to gently clean the inner and outer surfaces. Rinse the components well to remove any remaining soap and let them air-dry before reassembling.

Cleaning a Chug Cap

For a Chug Cap, unscrew the cap itself from the stainless steel pouring spout. Remove the silicone gasket, and clean each piece separately in a warm soapy water solution. 

Use a soft brush or cloth for cleaning. Rinse all components thoroughly and let them air-dry before putting them back together.

Cleaning a Stronghold Lid

The Stronghold Lid can be cleaned by removing the silicone seal and placing it in a solution of warm water and white vinegar. 

Allow the lid to soak for a few minutes, and then scrub it gently using a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse the lid and the seal well and leave them to air-dry before reassembling.

Cleaning a Magslider Lid

To clean a Magslider Lid, first, detach the MagSlider from the lid and place it in a warm soapy water solution. 

Remove the gasket from the lid by pinching it on either side, lifting it from its groove, and following the same cleaning procedure as the other lids. 

After cleaning, rinse the MagSlider, lid, and gasket thoroughly, and let them air-dry before reassembling.

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How to Clean Rust Marks from Yeti Cups

Yeti Rambler cups and bottles may develop rust marks over time due to their stainless steel construction. 

Fortunately, you can effectively clean the rust stains using simple household products such as vinegar, baking soda, and salt.

Prepare a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Fill your Yeti cup with this solution and let it sit for about an hour. 

After an hour, discard the solution and scrub the interior of the cup using a non-abrasive sponge or dish brush.

You can also create a paste using baking soda and a small amount of water. Apply this paste to the rust-affected areas and gently scrub with a sponge or soft-bristled brush. 

The baking soda acts as a mild abrasive, helping to remove the rust without damaging the stainless steel surface.

Additionally, salt can be used to clean rust from your Yeti cup if you combine it with the vinegar solution mentioned earlier.

 Adding a tablespoon of salt to the mixture will increase its effectiveness in breaking down rust stains. Fill the cup, let it sit for an hour, and then scrub the rust off with a sponge or brush.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions: 

How Can I Remove the Yeti Lid Slider for Cleaning?

To remove the Yeti lid slider, gently lift the edges of the slider to disengage the tabs. Then, slide it off the lid track. 
Be cautious not to break the tabs while removing the slider. Once removed, you can thoroughly clean the slider and lid to ensure there’s no residue left.

How Should I Clean Tumbler Lid Gaskets?

You can easily clean them by hand using mild dish soap and warm water. Be gentle while scrubbing to avoid damaging the gasket. Rinse thoroughly and let it air dry before reassembling the lid.

Can You Use Bleach to Clean Yeti Cups?

It is not recommended to use bleach when cleaning your Yeti cup, as it may damage the surface or leave a strong odor. Instead, opt for mild dish soap or a combination of vinegar and baking soda for a natural cleaning solution

Why Does My Yeti Lid Appear Cloudy?

A cloudy appearance on your Yeti lid might be due to water mineral deposits or stubborn residue. To clean the lid, place it in the dishwasher or hand-wash it with mild dish soap. 
For tougher stains, consider using YETI Cleaning Tablets or a vinegar solution.

How Long Can Yeti Maintain the Temperature of the Drink?

Yeti cups are designed to keep your beverages hot or cold for extended periods. The specific duration depends on the cup’s size and insulation technology. For example, the Rambler® 20 oz Tumbler can keep drinks hot for 6 hours and cold for 24 hours when used with the MagSlider™ Lid.

What Drinks are Safe to Go in the Yeti Cup?

You can use your Yeti cup for a wide variety of beverages, both hot and cold. Some popular choices include coffee, tea, water, sports drinks, and smoothies. Keep in mind to avoid using your Yeti cup for carbonated beverages, as the pressure buildup may cause the lid to pop off unexpectedly.


Cleaning your Yeti cup helps to maintain its freshness and durability. 

By taking proper care, you can extend the life of your Yeti cup and continue to enjoy your favorite beverages without any lingering odors or stains.

To effectively clean your Yeti cup, try one of the following methods: 

use a combination of white vinegar and salt, go for pure baking soda, or opt for Yeti cleaning tablets. I have mentioned each one in detail.

You can also opt for cleaning the Yeti cup in the dishwasher. Follow the steps mentioned above for a smooth clean.

Remember to always rinse your cup thoroughly and let it dry completely after each cleaning.

In addition to these cleaning methods, consider soaking your Yeti cup in a mixture of hot water, vinegar, and dish soap.

This process helps eliminate hard water buildup and any funky smells that may have accumulated over time.

Now you can keep your Yeti cup clean, stain-free, and ready for your next adventure. Enjoy your favorite drinks with confidence, knowing that your Yeti cup is as fresh as the day you bought it!

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