Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge

I shared my Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge experience on Instagram (see my highlight if you want!) and y’all seriously loved it and said it was so helpful which is why I’m putting it on here too!

For some reason I was nervous to use it on a set of mugs I was making. It seemed way more intimidating because all the tutorials I found were so long!

I’ve listed my process below but a few things first:

  • I only put it around the decal, NOT the whole mug
  • If you put it around the whole mug, for finish preferences, remember you need to leave the “lip” area free of any substance. This is because you don’t want to be ingesting it when you drink from the mug.
  • I prefer the finished look on white ceramic instead of a clear mug
  • If you are using quality vinyl then NO you do not need to seal your mug. I have done several tests and my vinyl all stayed on after the dishwasher (top rack only). I only use this sealer when I have small pieces on a mug to make sure the recipient can enjoy it forever.
  • This Mod Podge has a thicker substance and you will see brush strokes after painting it on the area. You can’t see them when it’s dry, so don’t stress over it! Use a fine, soft brush for best results.

Here are the steps I followed:
  1. Clean your mug with soap and water, let dry completely
  2. Apply vinyl to your surface (make sure you have no bubbles under your vinyl!)
  3. Take the smallest amount of mod podge onto your brush to paint over the decal.
  4. I painted UP the entire design, to the LEFT, over to the RIGHT and then finished with painting DOWN. This way I covered all the corners and edges on my design.
  5. After, I took a damp paint brush and lightly feathered around the decal to remove the excess Mod Podge. Then wiped around the decal with a damp paper towel to clean up the excess. If you have small q-tips they work great too!
  6. Let it cure and then apply 1 - 2 more coats in the same pattern letting them dry in-between.
  7. It needs to cure for 28 days before it can be put in the dishwasher but you can use it before it fully cures.

Everything I used is linked here!


  • Mod Podge:
  • Brushes:
  • Mugs:
  • Vinyl:
  • Small Q-Tips:


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    • I too was also wondering if I could just paint the decal. I’m so glad I came across your blog. Thank you.


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