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06 May 2012 @ 06:10 pm
I read on the Lunettte website that for sterilizing your cup you should use a pot that is used only for this purpose, not for food.
Why is that? To protect my food from menstrual residuals? Or to protect my Lunette from food residuals?
To me this seems a bit over the top and wasteful.
I would think if I clean the cup and pot each with the appropriate soap or dishwashing liquid before, and clean the pot afterwards again, together with the boiling this should be o.k.?
Do you have an extra pot for this?
m03m on May 6th, 2012 06:30 am (UTC)
Many of us do not boil at all. I rarely boil my cup but if I do, I do it in a glass or mug in the microwave.

If you feel that it's fine to boil your cup in a normal pot, then it is. There is no inherent reason not to do so, I don't think... the process will sanitise both the cup and the pot.
I think some of us use dedicated pots because family members get weirded out if they see someone using one of the normal pots for this purpose.
chamekke: KiTH_alouette_alouette_by_unikki_iconschamekke on May 6th, 2012 07:21 am (UTC)
I use an ordinary kitchen pot, then wash thoroughly afterwards with dishwashing liquid and hot water. As m03m says, it's already sanitised because it's had boiling water in it for several minutes... but I don't want my family members to be bothered by any idea that there might be a residue or whatnot.

My guess is, Lunette's recommending a dedicated pot purely because not everyone is 100% reliable in their dishwashing habits. (Let's say, for example, you have a housemate who is a bit cavalier about how they wash up.) I wouldn't want to boil my cup in a pot if it had, say, traces of spaghetti sauce still clinging to the insides! So I often wash the pot before use as well as afterwards, just to be on the safe side.
nosolestella on May 6th, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
I do have a dedicated pot for my cup but it's only because it's so freaking small that I would never use it for anything else anyway. My cup saved that little pot from a lifetime of hiding in the deep ends of the cupboards.

Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on May 6th, 2012 09:02 am (UTC)
The only times I've boiled my cup have been when something gross has happened to it, like accidentally dropping it in the toilet, and no, I don't have a dedicated pot :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 6th, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
I am another who does not boil my cups at all. Boiling does not sterilize, it only sanitizes. Same with chemical means such as "sterilizing tablets." Washing with plain ol' soap and water sanitizes almost as well -- so why go through the hassle and or expense?

The only thing I do other than wash them is occasionally (once or twice a year) give my cups an overnight soak in hydrogen peroxide -- and that's to remove the dingy cast they take on. Purely aesthetic.
Arrow_Bright: Sara Stanleyarrow_bright on May 6th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
I've only boiled my Lunette twice. Once when I got it (to get rid of any factory residue and packaging dust) and once after I had a yeast infection. I used a regular cooking pot each time.

Below is a link to the Lunette blog on how to clean your cup, though I disagree about their comments on soap. Soap with oils are just fine, as long as they're real soap (the chemical reaction from the sodium hydroxide will make it so it's not actually oil anymore) and as long as it's not a moisturizing soap (extra oils added to keep hands from drying out). I use Dr. Bronner's liquid Castile.

Yawnk: orange treesavannahjan on May 6th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
I don't have a dedicated pot. I figure as long as I wash the pot thoroughly, there is nothing worse in it than putting raw chicken or beef in the pot. *shrug* I'm just not worried about it.
foggyimagefoggyimage on May 10th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
haha me too! It is too late now anyway because I never even thought of using a different pot for it!
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on May 6th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
I use our smallest cooking pot, although my husband told me not to but I was like why not it's clean (after I rinse it thoroughly) and I wash the pot right after!

I've only boiled it three times; when I got it, when I dropped it on the floor after only having it for three days (having nothing else to really wash it with), and at the end of my second cycle. I do not plan on boiling it much at all, probably only a couple times a year. I've had my cup for about two months now, and I've used it for two periods so far. I have a small Fleurcup.
seachelle76seachelle76 on May 7th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
I have a feeling they only recommend this action due to people having a taboo against such things. Always be courteous of those living with you and be respectful of their feelings on such matters. It's more psychological than anything- but boiling a menstrual cup and then using the same pot to cook with can illicit a strong visceral response in others.

I've had my Lunette cup for two cycles now. I haven't boiled it and don't intend to. I rinse it with water and I use a Lunette wipe on it at the end of my cycle.
wireni on May 7th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
Thank you all for your input.
I have not received my cup yet, but when it arrives I think I will boil it, because that fits better into my other daily habits than buying alcohol or wipes or H2O2.
I decided as a compromise to use one of the pots we have, but not to use that pot any more for preparing foods for guests.
k slobegintohope on May 7th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
They probably just say that so that people don't freak out and go, "Eww, use the same pot I cook in for my menstrual cups?!" I've never seen another company make that same recommendation.

I have a large pot that I use when I want to occasionally boil all my menstrual cups as well as some of my dildos. I wash it after and nothing terrible has happened yet.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on May 8th, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
I'll never understand this logic. People put raw bloody meat from farm animals that are often, due to our terrible farm industrialization, havens of all sorts of disease, but get weirded out by a washed menstrual cup in that same pot.

I prefer to boil after every period. It's not a hassle for me. I usually do it at some point while cooking. And no I don't have a special pot.
wireni on May 11th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
Thanks again for the comments.
I know it is not logic to be afraid of a clean menstrual cup and not of raw industrial meat. But I try to respect other people's fears, even if they are irrational, and even if they don't know what I do with my pots otherwise. I have some irrational fears, too, with other aspects of life.