September 30th, 2003

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  • ourika

Cleaning Solutions for DivaCup?

This is a similar post to the previous post. She asked about cleaning a DivaCup: how long to boil a DivaCup and how to clean the holes. My question is what solutions it’s ok to use if you don’t want to boil it.

I've been using a Keeper, but I lost it. I have been considering switching to a DivaCup when I purchase a new one this week. I contacted DivaCup, and they said that it's not necessary to boil it, but that most women prefer to ensure that it’s sterile. They did not, however, give me any other possible ways to clean it between uses.

I'm not sure if I want a DivaCup anymore b/c I don't want to have to boil it each month. Does anybody ever use a solution to soak their DivaCup in instead of boiling it? The Keeper was very easy for me to care for, and if the DivaCup isn’t as easy then it’s not the right choice for me. Wash with soap when emptying (occasionally just rinse with water depending on how scented the stuff available in the public restroom was!). I’d wash it well with soap before storing it an open container for the month, and, I’d occasionally soak it in a vinegar/water solution.

I’m switching for a few reasons. One was that I always wished there were notches on the stem of my Keeper. Turns out that DivaCup’s got one. I also like the measurement lines on the DivaCup. And the final reason is that I’ve read posts that say that the DivaCup is stiffer which has made insertion/removal more difficult but made the seal a bit easier. I’ve had some major sealing problems with my Keeper (not with Instead, though… although I don’t like using Instead because they’re disposable and because they’re horribly messy to remove!)

One last side note. I don’t know if it was here or on one of the sites for Keeper/Mooncup/DivaCup, but I saw a great suggestion. The site suggested carrying a mini shampoo bottle with water into the public restroom stall if you don’t want to be at the sink rinsing it out. In general, I have no problem with just going to the sink, but sometimes that’s just not possible (at an event where the restroom lines are 20 minutes long, for example!) so I thought I’d pass the idea along in case anybody else (like me) he hadn’t thought of such a great, simple solution!