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14 July 2012 @ 05:29 pm
Hey! :) So I just got back from a camping trip that I unfortunately had my period for. >:( Of course it was lovely to have my trusty Diva! Fantastic for things like this! But I did have to use a public washroom all week, meaning that I couldn't wash it every time, not even using just water. Every time I took it out it smelled TERRIBLE! :O Ew! But when I got home today it was ten times worse since it had been used and just wiped all week. I washed it very well with both soap and water (soap was scented), didn't smell too much better, so I tried again, still smelled awful. Finally I just said whatever and put it in my cloth bag. I really don't want to leave it like that but I don't really know what else to do. I am sure there are many others out there who have dealt with that fantastic smell. Is there anything I can clean it with? The only problem is that I am only 14 so I can't go out and buy random things whenever I want and do not wish to ask my mom either... Something I might have at home? Or will I just have to suck it up and ask?...Thanks very much! 
Ashatenlegspider on July 14th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I would boil it (or use an suitable disinfectant like hydrogen peroxide) and leave it to air. That way there shouldn't be anything lurking on it, and it's likely that the smell will just go. If it's still bad after a week then you could try baking soda or something.
chamekkechamekke on July 14th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Once you wash it, try letting it sit in sunlight. The Diva is made of silicone and some people have suggested that exposure to sunlight helps with getting rid of smells as well as stains.
XDeasilydistra on July 14th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
Every time I've gotten a smell, sunlight has worked beautifully. You can just leave it in a bedroom window or something. If there's heavy staining, I've gotten better results using a baking soda paste to scrub off the worst of it, and the sunlight takes care of the rest.
froggie3dsfroggie3ds on July 14th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Soak it overnight in a solution of hydrogen peroxide diluted with water. It should be fine after that.
rubykins02rubykins02 on July 16th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)

Deanna: Adhesive Duck Deficiencysullenduchess on July 15th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
I had this problem once, after I accidentally left it in about 16 hours. I soaked it for a few hours in a boiling water-baking soda mix (NOTE: by this I mean boiling water poured into a cup, NOT boiling my cup on the stove for hours). Not too much baking soda- maybe like 1tsp per 4oz cup? After that, I let it air out in the sunlight (window sill) for a day. Smelled just fine after.
M. Rose Greenlattelucan on July 15th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Airing it out always worked for me. (But I'm totally trying the sunlight thing next time!)
linsey852linsey852 on July 18th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
Boil it...? You're supposed to boil it before and after each use according to the Diva cups instructions. That's generally the case with any menstrual cup. Or do you mean that you already tried that when you were washing it? These other suggestions sound like they would work but you're supposed to boil it at the end of a cycle anyway so maybe that's all you need to do.

Edited at 2012-07-18 09:53 am (UTC)
anh06005anh06005 on July 18th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
As others have suggester use hydrogen peroxide. I had the same issue with a HORRID smell and a few hours soaking in peroxide its like new :) it does wonders for any stains too!