You wash your shirts, bed sheets, towels, and hopefully, your body. Have you ever thought about cleaning the custom koozies you use to hold drinks? If not, it’s a good time to start!

Koozies are typically made from foam or neoprene, which makes them very easy to clean. You just need soap, water, and a little bit of your time to get them washed up and ready to go!

Let’s get cleaning your koozies so they’re ready for the next party!

How to Clean a Koozie

It takes only five minutes to wash koozies. Follow these steps to get yours squeaky clean and ready to use!

  1. Fill a bucket with warm water and a gentle detergent.
  2. Submerge the koozie in the bucket.
  3. Use a soft sponge to wash the front, back, and inside of the koozie.
  4. Remove the koozie from the bucket and set it on a clean towel.
  5. Press the towel on the koozie to remove some moisture.
  6. Let the koozie air dry.

Step One: Fill a Bucket

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Use your hose or sink to fill a small bucket with warm water. Once you have some water in the bucket, pour in a drop or two of gentle detergent. Fill the bucket with about 1 more cup of water to get the soap nice and sudsy!

Step Two: Submerge the Koozie


Put the koozie in the bucket so it can soak. Since koozies float, you may need to dunk it underwater a few times.

Step Three: Use a Sponge

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Dip a soft sponge in the soapy water, and lightly wash the front, back, and inside of the koozie. Note: You shouldn’t use a scrub brush since the bristles are too harsh on the material.

Step Four: Remove the Koozie

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After you’ve thoroughly washed the koozie, take it out of the bucket and place it on a clean towel.

Step Five: Press the Koozie

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Use the towel to press down on the koozie. This helps remove the moisture that soaked into the material.

Step Six: Air Dry


The hard work is done! Leave your koozie on the towel so it can air dry. You can also hang it with clothespins outside if you want it to dry faster.

You should clean stainless steel koozies the same way as those made from foam or neoprene, especially if there’s a printed design on the front. The only difference is these koozies may sink in the bucket of water and are also tough enough to handle a scrub brush.

Did You Know?

Can a Koozie Go in the Washer?

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Do not wash a koozie in the washing machine! The cycle is too harsh, and you may end up damaging the material beyond repair. Plus, the machine could cause any printing on the koozie to completely chip off.

It’s better to hand wash. This not only preserves any printing on the koozie, but also prevents the stitching from unraveling during the cycle.

Can You Put a YETI Koozie in the Dishwasher?

people doing cheers with custom koozies

YETI koozies can technically go in the dishwasher on the top rack, but it’s not always the best choice. If your YETI drinkware is ink printed with a custom design, it’s much better to hand wash instead.

Ultimately, the hot temperature and powerful cycle of the dishwasher will eventually cause the ink to peel off. You want that print to last, which is why handwashing is the way to go!

When Should I Throw a Koozie Away?

Koozies are not recyclable so it’s best for the planet to repurpose them into something new if possible. However, there are some situations where your koozies are beyond repair or cleaning.

Throw your koozies away in any of these situations!

mold on a koozie


You can scrub at mold with vinegar and hot water, but if this doesn’t work, just throw the koozie in the garbage. Exposure to mold may cause allergic symptoms or difficulty breathing, so it’s not worth your health to keep the koozie.

damaged koozie


It’s not easy to tear a koozie, but it can happen. If it’s torn at the bottom, it’s not going to hold a can or bottle quite right anymore. In that case, you’ll want to throw it away. 

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Bad Smell

Baking soda is a natural way to remove a bad smell from a koozie. Try this cleaning solution first, but if the smell persists, bite the bullet and dump the koozie in the trash.

stained koozie

Stubborn Stains

Some stains can be washed out of a foam or neoprene koozie, but that’s not always the case. Your koozie will look gross if its discolored by a stain, so when cleaning just doesn’t do the job, you’ll have to find the nearest garbage.

koozie floating in a lake


If you accidentally dropped your beer koozie in the lake while sailing, it’s safer for your health to just throw it away. Do you really want to use a koozie after it’s been in water where animals go to the bathroom? No thanks!

Final Thoughts

Cleaning koozies seems like a random chore to add to your list, but it’s worth it if you use them all the time. They’re easy to wash, so roll up your sleeves and get to scrubbing!

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