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02 October 2012 @ 12:51 am
Ok, I have 2 Fleurcups.  One blue, one green.  I've used the blue for a few cycles, and used the green one for the first time this past cycle.  No problems with the blue one, but the green one has such a foul smell after using with just one period.  I had it in for 10-12 hours one day at the end of my last period.  It didn't have much in it when I emptied it, but I did notice it had a bad smell.  Since then, I've poured boiling water over it (and let it soak in a coffee cup - didn't actually boil it in a pot over heat... I'm not crazy about boiling it just for fear of accidentally melting it), washed it with soap, soaked it in hydrogen peroxide, washed it with baking soda, and left it in the sun.  It still smells!  Anyone had a similar experience?  Is it something to do with the green coloring, since the blue one doesn't seem to have the same problem?  Any other suggestions for how else to get rid of the smell?  Did it absorb & grow bacteria, despite being washed several times?  Is that possible with brand new silicone?  I'm so confused/disheartened.  Thanks for any input!
moonhoney925 on October 2nd, 2012 08:29 am (UTC)
I have a green Fleurcup and have never had an issue with it regarding smells. I also have a green Lunette and I have had a smelly issue with that one because I left it inside me for nearly 2 1/2 days. Keeping it in the sun for about a week fixed that problem. I left in the clothes pegs basket so that it would not get blown away.

I hope that helps.
teacupcake89 on October 2nd, 2012 09:03 am (UTC)
I have a green fleurcup (new)and mine doesn't and has never smelt bad. I have found with my other cups though that it can start to smell pretty bad if you leave it in for 10-12 hours.

have you tried milton tablets? or leaving it in the sun for several days? (not sure how long you tried it for) :)
hortense in exile: Mumapolliana on October 2nd, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
I have a different kind of cup (pink Ladycup), but I've noticed that it smells whenever it's *warm*; so I started rinsing and washing it in cold water, disinfecting with rubbing alcohol, & leaving it in a baggie of baking soda for a day or so after my period. No more smell!
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 2nd, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Leaving it in contact with baking soda powder overnight (I've done this to my plastic gloves I use for house chores), or leaving it in the sun (where the inside of the cup gets exposure too) for several days could work... Or if you're impatient like I was, antibacterial soap would cut it. But you'll want to be really careful to rinse off residues afterwards, as your vagina will not like it.
chamekkechamekke on October 3rd, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
I've never used the Fleurcup, but... as you've never had this problem with your older cup and it's only manifested with the new one shortly after you first used it, why don't you contact the company about it? Maybe it's part of a faulty batch or something. Who knows, if it continues to have this problem, maybe Fleurcup will offer to replace it. (I doubt that it's purely a matter of the colour!)
rbca03rbca03 on October 3rd, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
Maybe I didn't try any of my cleaning methods long enough. I've just never had such a smelly problem with a cup before, so when it happened the first time I used the green Fleurcup, I thought it must have been some weird reaction with that particular color. I must have left it in longer than I did my cup during previous periods. I'm using a combination of your suggestions though - I'm giving it an overnight baking soda soak now, and next sunny days I'll be sure to leave it out all day. Thanks for the input, and hopefully I'll get this cleared up!