How Do You Clean A Wooden Beer Mug?

Having a drink out with friends is always satisfying, but bringing your own beer mug adds a little something extra. I enjoy a refreshing drink myself, and I can’t imagine it without George (my beer mug). George often needs a good clean, and I’ll be more than happy to tell you the best way. So, how do you clean a wooden beer mug?

You can clean a wooden beer mug by pouring in a bit of dishwashing liquid, filling it with warm water, and using a long scrub brush to clean the inside. Do it quickly, ensuring not to soak it and gently patting any water or soap that may have splashed on the outside. Afterward, leave it to air-dry.

The “why not” of cleaning a wooden beer mug is equally as important as the “why.” Do yourself a service and equip yourself with enough knowledge to ensure your wooden beer mug survives the next bout of drinks. 

How Do You Clean A Wooden Beer Mug?

After a few memorable nights with your wooden beer mug as your guide, you’ve decided it’s time to give it a thorough cleaning, no? When cleaning any wood, whether it be kitchen utensils or something else entirely, never put it in the dishwasher. Wood exposed to a lot of heat and moisture is prone to warping, splintering, and breaking.

Dishwasher water, high temperatures, and cycle time can all cause significant damage to your wood cutting boards and beer mugs. After a night of rebellious indulging, a better alternative would be to pour a little dish soap, fill it with warm water, and use a long enough scrub brush to give it a good clean on the inside.

If any water or soap splashes out on the inside, gently pat it down with a towel to dry. Afterward, wipe it down and rinse it out thoroughly and leave it out to air dry. When it’s dry, you are free to put it away until your next happy hour. Overall, it’s unnecessary to spend a lot of time, effort, or money cleaning your wooden beer mug.

If you’d like more protection on the outside, you could add a layer of mineral oil and then spray it down with a polycrylic protective spray that fights off environmental effects like dirt, dust, water, and U.V. rays from the sun. The spray is only for the outside of your beer mug, not the inside; If you’re concerned about safety, only use the mineral oil.

The best place for keeping a wooden mug is in a locker or any other dry area. Do not leave this mug in a container with water for a long time, and wipe it dry with a towel each time you wash it. Drying in any drying equipment is contraindicated and leads to deformation and cracking.

Can You Use Alcohol To Clean A Wooden Beer Mug?

Although wooden mugs can withstand a good amount of wear, they occasionally acquire stains. The methods for removing stains on wood depend on the source of the stain, as well as the finish on the wood. Inadvertently spilling rubbing alcohol or alcohol-based perfumes or on them may leave the wood blemished with white marks.

A simple first cleaning attempt is to wipe it off with a damp rag, then with a rag moistened in denatured alcohol. If that helps, let dry a bit, and rub with steel wool; that will restore the look in many cases. A new coat of surface wax or a new finish is required if you sand or rub away the old finish.

Isopropyl alcohol, for example, is not strong enough to remove finishes effectively from wooden surfaces, but it is helpful in the refinishing process as it will clean residue from the bare wood. Otherwise, dirt and grime wash off easily with enough soap and water, and the wood air dries naturally.

However, you may need solvents for oils and greases, and the finish may need restoration or removal in other cases. Oak, for example, has tannins, and any contact with metals like steel, iron, or any other chemicals, can turn it dark. If that is the case, the discoloration may be permanent. The steel wool treatment will restore the shine to the wood, though.

Can You Remove Stains From Wood?

For removing stains from wood, you can use a quick and straightforward approach. Begin by mixing one tablespoon baking soda with one teaspoon of water to make a paste. Rub the stained area gently until it vanishes. When removing water stains from wood, be careful not to use too much water.

Wearing rubber gloves, dipping a brush into a basin of bleach, and softly applying it to the affected area may help remove dark stains. To neutralize the wood and prevent additional lightening, remove the bleach with a moist sponge and apply vinegar. Allow for a few hours for the bleach to work and the stain to fade back to its natural color.

Despite being a natural and safe cleaning and disinfectant, vinegar’s acidic mix is harsh on stains and safe for wood. To remove the stain, soak several paper towels in white vinegar and put them over it. Allow the moistened towels to soak up the stain for around 30 minutes.

Wipe the soiled area with a clean damp towel and let it dry for 30 minutes. If the stain persists, add a pinch of baking soda to the mixture for more scrubbing strength and repeat the process. When finished, wipe the wood off with a moist towel to remove any remaining residue.

If the stain persists after several attempts with vinegar, it’s time to try something a bit more powerful.


When cleaning your wooden beer mug, avoid soaking it in water. Wash it quickly with soap and water or detergent, rinsing it afterward and leaving it to dry by itself. Do not use any heated appliances to dry it, or the wood will crack and become undone.


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