July 5th, 2003

mohawk

A note on "sterile."

I see people asking how to sterilize their menstrual cups. Please be aware that there is no need to sterilize the cups at all. They need only be kept sanitary, i.e. clean. Tampons and pads are not sterile- they are only sanitary.

Scrubbing your cup with soap and hot water is sufficient to keep it clean. I always scrub well around the holes (I use a dedicated toothbrush to clean my Keeper) and then squeeze soapy water through them. I also squeeze clear water through to rinse.

If you really feel nervous about it, you can soak your cup in a bleacc/water solution for about ten minutes. However, this is totally unnecessary. I've never done it myself, although I have twice soaked mine in vinegar/water prior to cleaning.

I hope that this clears up some of the concerns about sterilizing cups.