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14 August 2012 @ 04:52 pm
Hi! I just bought a mooncup UK yesterday, I've already used another cup so I already know the business here... sort of.
The problem is I'm going to be living with a classmate for about 3 months, so I'm looking for alternatives to sterilize my cup.

- I know sterilization is mandatory before the first use, I want to use a Medela sterilizing bag (this kind) is it safe?
- I want to use Milton tablets while I'm living with this classmate. Milton tablets aren't available in my country, but I'm assuming they'll be available in France (I think that's where they make them (?)) So is this a safe alternative too?

Thank you, I'm sorry if any of these questions were already asked, but I couldn't find them.
teacupcake89 on August 14th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
Hi! you have quite a few options in regards to cleaning:

personally I don't think 'sterilising' is necessary, even for the first time, just a good clean will do!

yes, you can use milton tablets in a small tupperware container for deep cleaning (either with cold water or water from the kettle).which you could do discreetly! :) You only need a quarter or half a tablet for sterilising a cup in a small container so if you buy a packet beforehand you won't need to restock! femininewear.co.uk sells cheap kits with a container and milton tablets with free uk shipping if that helps! :)

you could buy a pack of Lunette sterilising/cleaning wipes made for cups that don't require any water, or you could buy some of these wysi wipes that are natural, no fragrances/residue that turn into wipes when you add water: http://www.canawipe.com/about.html google for country specific stockists etc.

this recent post discussed wipes for cups that might be interesting: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2933943.html#comments

most cup users only clean their cups with mild soap (I clean mine once in the morning in the shower with Johnsons baby shampoo)

and many many more users just use plain water to rinse and clean their cups. (in the shower/sink or with a bottle of water for public toilets)

tylanirtylanir on August 14th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I really can't find any of these products in my country (Chile, South America) but I'll be living in France soon, so..

I used rubbing alcohol at the end of the cycle with my last cup, and plain water in between.

Thank you again :)
fee_parisienne on August 14th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
Wiping the cup thoroughly with rubbing alcohol is a good method to kill germs.

Milton solution is effective, but can cause a cup to get sticky-feeling if it is left to soak for longer than the recommended time.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 14th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
The only way to truly STERILIZE anything is in an autoclave -- and then as soon as you touch it..... Every other method including chemical means and boiling only sanitize. Since washing with plain old soap and water sanitizes as well as those other methods, why incur the costs and risk the damage they can inflict?

I am one of the many who just rinse between insertions, wash it when I'm done with it and then give it another quick wash before using it again next month.

Here in the US, 3% hydrogen peroxide is very inexpensive and readily available. I soak my cups in a small glass of that once of twice a year just for aesthetic purposes -- to remove staining and dingy-ness.
tylanirtylanir on August 14th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
You have a good point there.. I just wanted to make sure, really, for the sake of my mind.

I'm really jealous about all the products you have readily available everywhere in your countries. My cup costed more or less $55 USD :(

I think I'll just boil it in the microwave before the first use and then water and soap.

Thank you :)
Ashatenlegspider on August 14th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
I overdid the Milton on my first Mooncup. Because I was using a very small container it wasn't properly diluted, and I'd leave it overnight. After a while the surface got a little sticky and held stains, so I didn't think it was hygienic enough to keep using. If you want to use Milton for peace of mind, do it gently.
Ajar__floozy__ on August 15th, 2012 08:12 am (UTC)
just boil your cup when they're asleep or not home