Nothing is worse than seeing a perfectly good printed mug, only to absolutely hate it because you don’t like the print on the front. It could be a photo mug of you and an ex-boyfriend, or a pic of you with a bunch of friends that you don’t even see anymore. Maybe it’s logo coffee mugs from a company that offended you or offered you bad service.

Tainted memories shouldn’t cause you to throw away a perfectly good cup! Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways to get a logo or picture off a coffee mug.

If you don’t like the logo or picture on your coffee mug, you can try any of the following to remove it:

1. Wash the Mug in the Dishwasher

wash coffee mugs in the dishwasher to remove photos

If you want to get rid of a photo on your coffee mug, try running your coffee mug through the dishwasher multiple times on a high temperature on the lower rack. You might still see flecks of the old design, but after a few cycles most of it should disappear.

2. Paint Over the Logo or Picture

paint over the logo or photo on a coffee mug

Go to your local hobby store and look for “ceramic paint.” From there, be creative and follow the instructions so you can hide the logo or photo on the custom coffee mugs. The thicker and darker your paint, the less likely anything will show up underneath.

3. Use Rubbing Alcohol or Nail Polish Remover

use rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover to get a logo or photo off a coffee mug

Apply rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover to the printed design on the personalized photo mugs, and try carefully scraping off the pic with a razor blade. Double check that the alcohol or nail polish remover contains the ingredient acetone for the best results.

4. Apply Paint Stripper to the Coffee Mug

apply paint stripper to remove a logo or photo from a coffee mug

Fill up a bucket with paint stripper, which you can find in the automotive section at most stores like Target and Walmart. Protect yourself by wearing a disposable face mask and rubber gloves to protect your hands. Submerge your mug in the solution and let it sit for between 20 and 30 minutes. Finally, remove the coffee mug from the solution, and repeat until the logo or picture is totally gone!

5. Heat the Mug & Rub With Scotch-Brite

heat and rub a photo mug with scotch-brite

Hold your coffee mug over a gas range stovetop for about 3 to 5 minutes. Make sure the logo or photo is directly over the flame. Once your mug is super hot, remove it and start scrubbing the logo/photo with Scotch-Brite, a scratch pad, or even sandpaper. The design should end up getting scratched completely off, especially if you’re applying enough pressure.

6. Cover the Logo/Photo With a Fabric Koozie

cover logo mugs with fabric

Have you ever seen the adorable tea cozies that sometimes decorate kettles? You can get that same quaint look on your personalized coffee mugs. If you know how to knit, make one yourself. You can also slide on regular bottle or can koozies if they fit. The fabric will cover up any photo or logo that you don’t love! Plus, you can reuse the mugs to drink coffee without any health risks.

While these strategies aren’t going to work 100% of the time, they at least give you a starting point if you just can’t live with the logo or photo on your personalized mugs. If nothing is working, it may be time to sell or donate your logo coffee mugs instead.

Final Thoughts

Coffee mugs bring us warmth and can make us smile when we’re feeling grumpy in the mornings. Why should you have to sip from a cup that has a bad photo or an ugly logo on it?

Try any of the techniques listed here to remove photos from your coffee mugs, and you’ll have something that you love again! Set your coffee cup on your desk and use it to store your pens or for your makeup brushes. If you still want to drink coffee from your cup, slide on a tea cozy and hide the design underneath. No matter what, there are plenty of ways to use your new, photo-free coffee mug!


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