How to clean menstrual cup? You may ask what’s the difficulty? You take it out, clean it with water or soap and it’s done. How-to articles can be boring and instruct you about the most obvious things. This is not one of them.
We care about your vaginal health just like you, and we think you should know DO’s and DON’T’S of sanitizing a menstrual cup.
Most cups are made from medical silicone. If you use the wrong cleaning product, you can damage its structure making space for harmful microbes.
Your new menstrual cup has just arrived. Make it ready for its first use and do a thorough cleaning. Have a look at what the producer of the cup says, but in general, the best and the cheapest is menstrual cup boiling from 4 to 10 minutes:
You’ll need a pot, water and a whisk (our golden tip).Why do you need a whisk? Well your cup will float on the water, you can trap it in a whisk and then you ensure that it’s fully immersed in water. Then, dry it carefully and store it in a breathable container, like cotton pouches.When the day of your first period arrives, you can just rinse your cup with water and it’s ready to use. A cup menstrual cleaner will help you with that.
This is when most cleaning happens. If the bathroom you use is clean, private and doesn’t make you scream inside every time you enter it, you’re really lucky.
Choose one of the following options:
Cold or lukewarm – if you want to prevent the stains.
Hint: Empty the cup in the toilet!
Do you feel better when you use a product? Sure. Remember to use a PH-balanced soap, just like the one you use for your vagina. Remember that special soaps are not necessary and there are solutions that don’t require it at all. However, if you’re looking for the right soap to clean menstrual cup:
Instead of cleaning the cup with your hand, you can choose to use a tool. A menstrual cup cleaner is an exceptionally convenient tool that allows you to clean the cup perfectly with minimal effort and much less water (only 60ml! a very small glass of water!)
It’s a flexible, portable container that you can fill with water just before you use it. You put your cup in it.Shake it, squeeze it, rub it. Afterwards, pour the water out to the toilet through a beak-like opening.There’s no risk that your cup will fall into the toilet and you are ready to re-insert it again.
A common sink? The bathroom doesn’t feel very hygienic? You’re travelling? You don’t have access to running water?
We hope that one day it will be normalized to clean a cup in an open space and no one gets shocked or offended by the sight of little menstrual blood. As for now, you don’t have to fight for a better world on all occasions.
Remember Emanui? A clever and handy menstrual cup cleaner? We can’t think of a better solution.
You fill it with water in the common sink before entering the toilet cubicle. Then, you take it with you, takeout your cup, empty it. Put it in the menstrual cup cleanser, shake it, squeeze it, rub it and pour the water out to the toilet.
Bottled water will be just as fine! Any drinkable water is fine. Hence, be careful if you travel!
By boiling menstrual cup or using sterilizing solution. Do it after each period.
Check out the instructions above. At least twice a day, every 12 hours. If possible, every 4-8 hours.
Harsh cleaners can damage medical silicone. It may not be visible to you, but bacteria may penetrate the fabric and you will risk a vaginal infection.
If so, you need to clean them too. They need to stay “unclogged” to create a vacuum in your vagina. You can run water through them, use a designated toothbrush, flossing brush, blow in them or use a menstrual cup cleaner.
Well, it shouldn’t smell! Make sure that you store it in a breathable container and check your vagina for infections.
However, if it does smell, sterilize menstrual cup by soaking it in a sterilizing solution and rinse with water.
Choose a sterilizing solution for cleaning baby bottle teats or a sterilizer recommended by the manufacturer of your cup. That's enough to sanitize menstrual cup.
Yes, it is. Menstrual cup staining is normal and should not prevent you from using it or rushing to buy anew one.
It’s a matter of aesthetics. If it’s quite important to you, you may consider darker shades or do an occasional overnight soaking in a sterilizing solution. Yes, the one for baby bottle teats.
I hope cleaning a menstrual cup does not seem confusing to you anymore! We would hate it if you stopped using it just because you didn’t know how to clean it in your workplace or when travelling. One menstruating person uses around 9 000 menstrual products in a lifetime. The planet needs you.