After removing and washing the cup with soap and water, I find that it still has a strong, lingering smell. What can I do to get rid of this smell? It lingers even after several washes! What do you do to get rid of the smell on your cup?

Also, when I empty my cup in the shower, there are blood clots/globs that won't go down the drain! How can I melt/dissolve them so that they go down the drain without me having to manually remove them into the trash can?

Also, how to prevent the cup from spilling its contents during removal. While I'm removing my cup, some of the contents spill and splat onto the edge of the bathtub and shower curtain! How can i prevent from doing that?
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queensneak83 on July 10th, 2011 07:05 am (UTC)
Try sunning and/or oxygen bleach (or hydrogen peroxide, same thing really) to get rid of stubborn odor.

As for the clots/globs, I'm afraid one just has to remove them manually. XD
mrg2004 on July 10th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
always wash with COLD water. hot water will "cook" the blood on your cup. leave your cup in the sun for a couple of hours (unless it's a meluna), that should take care of the smell.
sushilover314 on July 10th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. I didnt know that! I will try that from now on! Thanks for the tip! I always knew that blood needs to be washed with cold water, but i didn't know blood gets "cooked" with hot water.
Em: Random // Happy Coffeeemploding on July 10th, 2011 08:04 am (UTC)
Take it out and empty into the toilet.
Dina Clarelintilla on July 10th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
I squish any clots that don't go down the drain immediately - they usually go down eventually, haha. Maybe mine are a bit squishier though, I don't know!
djehutys_wisdom on July 10th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
removal mess
On the question of smell, what kind of soap are you using to clean your cup? I use the Lunette cup wash, and I find that even if my cup is very stinky on removal and the smell can linger after washing, after the cup has laid out overnight in its pouch (which I wash every month, also with the cup wash), the smell is gone in the morning.

I have personally tried sunlight a number of times, and it neither gets rid of stains nor smells for me.

On the mess of removal, it might depend on what position you are in relative to the water when you remove the cup. My guess is that the water is hitting you and your cup (and blood in/on it), and splattering the blood around your shower. You might try removing your cup with the water off, or move the shower head so that you're not in the path of the water.

I personally remove my cup squatting on the bathroom floor near the toilet, just before I hop in the shower. I got one of those rubber shower mats for about $6 from wal-mart and I squat over it, remove the cup, and then empty it into the toilet. That way, if I spill (and I usually do), I can just wipe the mat off and then toss it in the shower where the last traces of blood just get rinsed off without me having to do anything.
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