For women who use menstrual cups, keeping it clean is the most important thing. After all, the cup is going into our bodies. Although some think that reusable does not equal clean (they are definitely wrong, of course), we should all remember that even disposable products are not completely sterile.
Menstrual cups are more sanitary feminine hygiene products to pads or tampons.
Before using or after removal you must wash your menstrual cup, using some soap and warm water (safe to drink water). It’s very important to wash your cup at least twice a day, every 12 hours (ideally every 4-8 hours).
A menstrual cup is generally made of silicone, that’s why the process of using this kind of feminine products differ from using pads and tampons, because you need to take care of your cup really attentively and regularly wash it.
Cleaning a menstrual cup
Menstrual cups are reused products and that is why they must to be cleaned between uses and periods.
Before first use, wash your hands and clean a menstrual cup by washing with water and a mild liquid soap free of coloring agents and perfumes. Then boil it in a large amount of water for 20 minutes at least.
It is safe to use a dab of fragrance free soap for the vagina specifically. This prevents you from a yeast infection, irritations or burning.
Boiling a menstrual cup
There are different methods of cleaning your menstrual cup, but the best is boiling, of course. You can boil your cup in the microwave or in a pot (the time of boiling must be mentioned at the directions, that usually came with your cup). While boiling you must pay attention your cup stays floating at the top of the pot all the time. Usually the bottom of the boiling pot is extremely hot and it can melt or even burn your cup.
After boiling, let your cup cool and then dry it with paper towels.
After using your cup for a certain period, you may find some stains on it. There are some ways to remove such stains:
- You can scrub your cup carefully with baking soda and cold water.
- After usual cleaning, you can leave your cup to dry in the sun.
- You can also soak your cup in 3% Hydrogen peroxide (that is the best way to get rid of stains). After this your cup will look like brand new.
- Some women prefer to use simpler, domestic products for such purposes such as lemon juice or spirit vinegar.
Be sure you clean all the holes and the rim of the cup really thoroughly. You can usually stretch the silicone carefully to wash these important areas under running warm water. If needed, use a soft toothbrush (dedicated specifically to this purpose, not your personal toothbrush), or a toothpick to help remove stubborn debris. Do not use sharp items on your cup, like needles and such. They will do more damage than good, and can destroy your cup for good.
Washing menstrual cup
Every menstrual cup usually comes with a little bag, where you should keep it between your periods. Don’t leave your cup anywhere it can get dirty, dusty or accumulate bacteria. Some cool and dry place is the best variant for keeping this gentle feminine product.
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