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26 September 2012 @ 03:16 pm
I recently purchased my first menstrual cup and want to wash it and put it in its little bag. I purchased the Diva wash but I have a question about drying it. I would think a towel or TP would leave fibers, but if I air dry it, how do I do that without contaminating it?

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きみえ (Kimie)kimie_catclaw on September 26th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
I put mine on a bit of paper towel on the edge of the sink for a bit. If it has fuzzies on it when I take it out to use, I just do a quick rinse and insert.
chamiletchamilet on September 27th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on September 26th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
I don't use TP because it disintegrates too easily. I just put it on a towel and rinse it off if it seems linty, but if you are sensitive to fibers maybe you could nominate a saucer or something for the job? Stainless or porcelain would be easily cleaned and wouldn't look too strange when there wasn't a menstrual cup sitting on it.
chamiletchamilet on September 27th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
chamekke: cha_fodrizzle_by_iconomiconchamekke on September 26th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
I wash my cup; shake out as much water as possible; put a small piece of tissue on the counter; place the cup on that (on its side) to dry inside and out; put it away when completely dry.

Then, like the person who posted above, I just give it a quick rinse immediately before next use, in case any fibres are still clinging to it.

Except for my Meluna cups with ring stems! Those I always hang-dry... because I can ;-)

chamiletchamilet on September 27th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
Oh how cute!
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on September 26th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
I just let my cup sit on a paper towel overnight or 8-12 hours then put it in the pouch in the morning/next day/later :)
chamiletchamilet on September 27th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
When I washed mine, it seemed to be dry 30 minutes later. Should I let it sit out longer?
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on October 2nd, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
At least a couple hours is probably a good idea, but if it looks totally try after 30ish minutes, pack it away till next period! :)
teacupcake89 on September 26th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
I put my cups upside down over the lid to my bottle of johnson's baby shampoo that I wash my cup with, it's the right size to keep my cup on whilst it dries! :):)
chamiletchamilet on September 27th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
What a good idea! Thanks!
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 26th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
i just put it into the pouch... bacteria can't grow in silicone/TPE and if there's any it's enough to just wash it off.
i'm far more concerned about the cardboard boxes and plastic bags that cups are sold in...
chamiletchamilet on September 27th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, I wanted to get it out of its packaging as soon as I bought it!
foggyimagefoggyimage on September 26th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
I just let mine sit on top of their pouch all the time and never put them back inside... Before I insert, I always do a quick rinse.
chamiletchamilet on September 27th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, well I want to put it in its little pouch so I can have it in my purse in case I need it. I just came off of BC so I have no idea when to expect my next period.
foggyimagefoggyimage on September 27th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I also have one that I carry around with me! I didn't mean to not mention that lol. I just let it dry over night before putting it in its case and putting it in my purse
anh06005anh06005 on September 27th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
Just like everyone else said. I just set mine on a paper towel or sometimes i just throw it in my drawer to let it dry. Don't fret over cup care. Just clean between periods and rinse before you use it again. Unless you drop it on the floor/toilet/sneeze all over it/etc i wouldn't consider it contaminated!
chamiletchamilet on September 27th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
Ide Cyanide_cyan on September 27th, 2012 07:37 am (UTC)
I let mine air dry in an open plastic container (the same one I soak the cup after my cycle).
chamiletchamilet on September 27th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 27th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
"Contaminate?" When you air dry your cutlery in the dish rack or wipe them dry with a towel, do they get contaminated too? How clean does your tableware have to be for it to touch your food or go into your mouth?

"As clean as cutlery" is good enough for my cup.
chamiletchamilet on September 27th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
Well, my mouth isn't my vagina and my lady bits might be a bit more sensitive than my mouth.

My home is covered in a thin sheen of dust that smells like my cats' litter when I dust, so I'd say "contaminate" was the correct word choice.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 27th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
vaginas aren't fussy really... the main things they dislike are e.coli and soap, afaiu.

if it's in the pouch it'll be protected just fine from the dust.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 27th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
i prefer rinsing cutlery before use:) i do the same with cups :)
m03m on September 28th, 2012 07:34 am (UTC)
I don't bother with drying. I put my Fleurcup back in its cotton bag and leave the bag open.
The next month, I insert my cup in the shower so I can easily rinse it first.
ps2745 on May 16th, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
What I usually do is wash it really thoroughly when I'm done with it, then let it air out for about a day (lets it dry and takes any residual smell away), then I put it in its pouch. Then I just wash it thoroughly again before I use it the next time. Even if it was perfectly sterilized after airing out for a day, the pouch certainly isn't sterile. So I wash it just to be on the safe side. ;)

Sorry if everyone else has said the exact same thing, but I keep getting an error message when I try to read the other comments. Hopefully this is helpful! :)