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all this talk of periods the last few days has made my period arrive- yay! it's been a few months as I have PCOS and am irregular. 

I have always just rinsed mine in cool water and reinserted it or air dried it. I see talk of boiling and sterilising cups but I have never done this - am I putting myself at risk of infection do you think? I seem to find that a rinse under the tap gets it clean and it never smells but wondered if boiling or sterilising is really very important?

I would appreciate feedback about this - since I am new to the community (but not new to cups) I wonder if I need to make a few changes? I have a couple of Melunas indifferent sizes that I amusing :)

Thanks!
 
Hello, yes, I am Briamlionessvalenti on June 7th, 2012 08:03 am (UTC)
I've used my DivaCup for seven years now and I've never boiled it. I only had one very mild YI, and it wasn't due to my cleaning habits (I may have left it in for about 72 hours straight at the very end of my period -- whoops!). I just rinse mine with water and about twice a year I'll wash it with some soap and rinse it off very well.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on June 7th, 2012 08:04 am (UTC)
I almost never boil mine, unless something gross happens like dropping it in the toilet or something. The materials they're made of are basically not amenable to bacterial growth (they're medical-grade materials) and your vagina isn't actually that delicate an environment :) If you're not having problems with it I don't see any reason you must boil it.
Quentin: Pagan - Pentaclequentinwrites on June 7th, 2012 09:49 am (UTC)
I have never boiled or otherwise 'sterilised' my Mooncup UK. I figure I don't sterilise my partner's penis/fingers etc before they go in there so why the cup? ;oP I rinse it with water during my period and then between periods give it a good wash with hot soapy water.
michaelaokayprettygood on June 7th, 2012 11:36 am (UTC)
I boil them when I first get them, and then I don;t anymore, unless, as someone else mentioned, I drop it in the toilet or something like that happens.

I rinse it each time I empty it and wash it with soap and water before periods, nothing more...and I've never had an issue! :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 7th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
I rinse in cold water and wash with a feminie wash every other time, but just for peace of mind and to keep stains away really. I'll look into something like peroxide or baking soda, maybe once a year ? I haven't figured that out yet. I've boiled twice in 8 months, but I find it's too much hassle.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 7th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
Add me to the list of people who never boil their cups. "As clean as cutlery" is clean enough for me. I usually rinse with water between insertions and then wash with soap and water before I put them away. My Lunette doesn't stain too easily but my (old) UK Mooncup does so that gets an overnight soak in some hydrogen peroxide every few months when I just can't stand how it looks any more. Note: I do it for aesthetic reasons, not because I think it's germ-y.
mallt on June 7th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
I never boil my cup, don't use soap either... I rinse it with water between insertions & at the end of my cycle. I have been known to use rubbing alcohol to get rid of stains. I had a BI last month (not cup related) so I soaked it in hydrogen peroxide just to be on the safe side. I might start doing that every couple of months simply because it made it look all nice and new again! :)
chamekkechamekke on June 7th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
I do boil my Meluna cup once in a long while (for 2 minutes as the company suggests), but that's partly because I kind of enjoy watching it bob about in the water. And also because I can't be arsed to buy hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.

But to be honest, most of the time I simply give my cup a very thorough cold rinse. Plus maybe a wash with a small amount of unscented castile soap right before I put it away for the month :-)

I think you're probably fine with the routine you've got, especially if you don't notice any odour or staining. (FWIW, I've never had a problem with either.)
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on June 7th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Only used my mooncup UK for a few months but haven't and don't intend to boil it! Call me old-fashioned but I feel it'd kind of ruin the feminine mystery magic for my partner to come home to see that bobbing around in a saucepan! :-P
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on June 7th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
I boiled mine in I first got them and when dropped on the floor accidentally when I didn't have another good way to clean it. I did boil it once after about two periods but I'm basically not going to boil it anymore unless something gross happens like it falling in the toilet. A good rinse in warm water is fine. It can also be soaked in hydrogen peroxide to both sanitize and help get rid of stains. My small blue Fleurcup is starting to stain so after my next period I am going to soak it.
sparklemooosparklemooo on June 9th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
thank you all so much for your feedback!! <3
loveyourcuploveyourcup on June 12th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
Boiling or not boiling
Well it's true it's written on all use guide to boil your cup at every cycle but the truth is that it's not really necessary. Rinsing it with water and good mild soap is enough. Just check the air holes are clean and there is no residue on the cup. I don't like the idea of heating it up. If I want to give it a deep cleanse I use a bit of white vinegar in water. I use that to clean the whole house anyway.

Thumbs up to vinegar!!!