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musicmylove
09 June 2012 @ 02:59 pm
Unless you have a public bathroom with a toilet that shares the same room with a sink, it can be a little awkward using the cup.  One time at work I had to change my cup and used the sink and toilet room only.  At my new job I'm still getting used to where every room is but I don't think I have the option of using a toilet and sink room. 

So my question is those who change their cups in public restrooms and dump and wipe and re-insert until you get home.....I've read about toilet paper that gets stuck inside you isn't the best for you healthwise.  How do you clean the cup in the public area with minimal tissue residue on the cup, as I may need to do this at the new job.  :/  Or could I buy the DivaWash and use that to wipe the cup in between normal bathroom visits?
 
Lady Vodkacarminaburana on June 9th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Haven't had to deal with this issue much yet, but i'd keep a spare water bottle with water (refilled from bathroom sink) that i use only to clean the cup. I also have a travel size gentle body wash that i clean with if needed.
asdf987 on June 9th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
When I change my cup in a public restroom, I do it just by wiping the cup with toilet paper (and kind of rolling the top of the cup so the blood that's stuck in the holes comes out). I've never noticed any toilet paper residue on the cup, and I've never had any problems with irritation or whatever after inserting it again.
Good luck!
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on June 9th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
I bring with me a bottle of water to rinse my cup with. I don't want to deal with the little pieces of tp so the water works perfectly for me.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 9th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
I usually don't even bother wiping it off. The few drops that remain don't make a bit of difference.

If you opt for a bottle of water, get one with a "sports cap" that you can just pop open with one hand (or your mouth) instead of trying to unscrew it, etc.
teacupcake89 on June 9th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
At home I use Johnsons baby shampoo/water but for public loos I have a small peri bottle that gives a nice ‘spray’ of water, no messing around with a bottle lid/risk of sloshing water everywhere! they’re really cheap from chemists/drugstores, made for rinsing after birth.

I also have some Lunette cup wipes that sterilise as well as clean, they come individually wrapped, I use one sometimes after wiping with toilet roll/rinsing with water to give it a final clean and they can be used on your hands too.

if you find regular toilet roll shreds when wiping your cup, then you can always take some hand towel into the cubicle with you.taking a packet of wet wipes/baby wipes or wet kitchen/toilet roll in a zip bag is a really good idea as they can be used for lots of other things!

to help with any 'mess' I have a wad of toilet roll ready before I start removal to put against myself whilst I clean the cup (this helps with any 'stringy-ness'. I also have another wad of loo roll ready to cover the cup/put it on and clean it with. I've found this really helps to make the process of removal, wiping and insertion much much quicker and cleaner! :)

I hope some of this helps!
noodlenoodz on June 9th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
I don't wipe it out or anything, just dump out and re-insert. It doesn't bother me to have some bloody residue left on it, it's just going to get more bloody as soon as I put it back in anyway.
Michellepinkdagger on June 9th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
I always have a refillable bottle of water in my purse. Saves me if I ever get thirsty, and if I ever need to empty my cup. :) If I don't have my water with me, I usually don't wipe it with toilet paper anyway and just reinsert. I'd much prefer a little more lubrication than a dry-as-a-bone cup plus the chance of toilet paper getting jammed up with it.
susannahfragilemacabre on June 9th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
I just make sure the holes are clean and reinsert. I don't care about other residue.
k_kommando_ on June 10th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
you can't really use the diva wash like that, i have some, and it's almost like a liquid soap/body wash, and def. needs to be rinsed before you can reinsert the cup. when i'm in a public bathroom, i just do what other posters have suggested, and dump an wipe, with a good wash when i get home.
moonhoney925 on June 10th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
I've used toilet paper before and it worked fine.

Try wiping it at home so you can see if you are happy with it rather than be caught in the situation at work or when out in public.
n0m_de_plum: Rufus Sewelln0m_de_plum on June 10th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
I do just wipe it out with TP until the next change at home. I haven't had a problem with residue inside.

If it worries you though, you could wet some paper towels before you go in to the stall and use them to clean out the cup.

Edited at 2012-06-10 01:46 am (UTC)
schmoomomschmoomom on June 10th, 2012 06:46 am (UTC)
Public bathroom TP isn't really the kind that shreds, i've found. I just wipe the inside anyway, and any serious gloop from the outside, and reinsert. Never had a problem with any bits left behind...if I saw any I'd pick 'em off, but really haven't seen any.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 10th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
I've had to reinsert in a public bathroom ONCE, and i was not prepared. What I really wished I had was :

1. some wet hand paper or tp in my hand BEFORE I removed

2. any kind of wet wipe(s) for my bloody hand, but only because it was so full :/

3. A tooth pick for the holes (optionnal, but I had a little trouble unclogging them).

Edited at 2012-06-11 04:03 pm (UTC)
a joke that you'd probably enjoythesunflwr on June 11th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
I've been emptying my cup at my office for years. No single bathrooms available! The first few times were nerve-wracking, especially whenever someone else came in. But it's pretty easy now.

--Wash hands, grab a paper towel from dispenser, run paper towel briefly under the sink and take it into the stall.
--Empty cup.
--Use wet paper towel to wipe out cup, wipe hands if necessary. It doesn't leave bits/residue like toilet paper or a tissue would.
--Re-insert cup.
--Discard paper towel in tampon/pad disposal thing in stall. Gloat that I don't have to use it for disposing of anything else anymore. ;)
Shakis Drummond on September 10th, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
That's great advice. I'm going to try that tomorrow. What I've been doing was bringing a cup into the bathroom to clean it out at work which is fine, it just takes forever and I want to find a quicker way so when I'm in another public bathroom outside of work, I can get in and out quickly. How do you clean the holes if you're just using paper towel? It's only easy for me to clean the holes if I bring water to the stall.
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on June 11th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
Glad you asked this, I was curious myself as I don't feel comfortable taking a bottle of water in with me as my work's restrooms are pretty busy!
musicmylovemusicmylove on June 11th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
thanks for all the help!

And thanks to those who posted about tips with swimming and ideas (which I did not see) for getting my friend to switch to the cup.

alright.

Edited at 2012-06-11 10:55 pm (UTC)
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on June 11th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
i prefer to switch between cups in public bathrooms.
dlyjrnldlyjrnl on June 12th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
See, I can't just dump in the toilet and re-insert because the contents are usually too... glompy, full of clots and tissue, not really just a smooth liquid or anything (thanks endo). I pretty much have to rinse. Luckily my work bathroom is a single-stall, closed door, so I can waddle over to the sink and rinse then waddle back to the toilet to reinsert. The one time I was in a public situation with the cup I used TP and just dealt with the TP dust until I got home. Also luckily, I can pretty much go a minimum of 8 hours and all the way up to 24 without changing (I try not to make that a habit) so I can usually wait until I get home anyway.
Cuppermoonserenity92 on August 26th, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
Luckily I've avoided this situation myself. Just by timing by emptying it before I go out. But I know it would not work if I regularly went in public. I'd need to come to this situation at some point. Also, if I lived in a situation where the sink wasn't next to the toilet.

I'd just use toilet paper to clean it. It would be my first reaction. If you dont want to carry a bottle of water because it looks obvious, you could carry a very small vile of water in your pocket that you could use and refill after using. (If you don't have a pocket, you could shove it in your bra or underwear or something). I know I don't want to be carrying a bag with me to the toilet. Because people always know I'm on my period if I do so and they look at me with that look "ohhhhhh she's on THAT time of the month ;)". Because no women would carry a bag with her to the toilet. It's caused me some awkwardness.....

I have a very messy flow that doesn't all come out with a tip and wash, it just stays in there. I need to get my fingers into there to get it out because it dries. It gets on my hands as well so I definitely need some water! I think I'm the only one who has this problem, because all other women can just 'tip and go' and wash with some water and it comes out. This is not just heavy flow, but light flow as well.
Just wiping with toilet paper is not going to solve the situation fully, as going to be going to the bench with messy hands! I don't particularly like using toilet paper which will shred and stay inside my cup.

Paper towels are not common place anymore, I hardly ever see them. Just 'air driers' or simply nothing at all. So taking those into a stall is hardly ever going to be an option.

Luckily the house I live in has a sink next to the loo so I've avoided any problems there. Someone suggested to me leaving water in a bowl or bottle in the toilet room if I ever came to this situation. So I'm not too worried. I couldn't forever keep on using toilet paper to clean!

Cups have saved me some trouble if I put them in days before my period. One time I felt my period had came in public. I was worried sick. But it dawned on me I had prepared by putting it in. Luckily it came in a place that had a toilet just metres away, which had a single toilet with a sink in it. So I just waddled to that to clean. That was my only public experience with a cup