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03 November 2012 @ 02:34 pm
well, it happened -- I accidentally dropped my diva cup in the toilet.

what should i do? thankfully i'm on my last day of my period so i should be able to get by with pantiliners, but do i have to buy a new one? (i'm thinking yes?) it was only in there for like 10 seconds, but i have no way to boil it now or anything (i live in a dorm) until around thanksgiving. i rinsed it in the sink for about a minute in really really hot water, but i didn't put it back in. aaand i really don't have the money for a new one right now. i'm so mad at myself! at least let me know i'm not the only dummy who's ever done this?
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
きみえ (Kimie)kimie_catclaw on November 3rd, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol and let it dry. Should be fine. :)
OmniAliaomnialia on November 3rd, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
part tha worries me is that its not just YOUR toilet, its a public toilet, so you have no idea what germs and stuff are there. Honestly I wouldn't trust just rubbing with alcohol, it won't get in the holes well enough.
What kind of cup do you have?
Amandastereosymbiosis on November 3rd, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
yeah, that worries me too :/ i have the diva cup.
OmniAliaomnialia on November 3rd, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Woops yeah just saw you have a diva...I need to read more carefully... hmm. Do you have a microwave and mug? you could boil it in the microwave probably. i got a nice microwaveable cup for my meluna cup... it's nice and discreet, no one would know what you're boiling. A mug works just as well though.

I'm probably paranoid but I would likely toss the cup. EEK. Or else boil it for 10 min, swab with alcohol, wait for it to dry again, swab with hydrogen peroxide.... and if you have sterilizing tablets go for it! Hah...
Lady Felis of Domestica: avatarfelisd on November 5th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Rubbing alcohol kills more than 90% of bacteria and germs. Though I agree that wiping it down may not be enough. If you can't boil it, maybe pour rubbing alcohol in a small cup and let your cup soak for a little while?

And for the record, they've done studies and have found that public toilets that are cleaned regularly actually have less bacteria on them than your average doorknob or telephone. Just sayin'. :)
bicyclegasolinebicyclegasoline on November 3rd, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
Yup I've done it too! I cleaned my cup with Milton sterilising tablets and carried on using it :)
jchammondsjchammonds on November 3rd, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
Maybe a peroxide soak?
k: sloth_kommando_ on November 3rd, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
i second the peroxide soak. you can do a 50/50 with water. bonus- it'll get rid of stains if you have any!
neumeindilneumeindil on November 3rd, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
3rding. Also, don't worry about the "public toilet" thing unless your campus housekeepers only come every 2-3 days. The industrial cleaners they have to use in dormitory situations are on par with the stuff hospitals use. If they clean every weekday, like mine did, a peroxide soak is sufficient.
Amandastereosymbiosis on November 3rd, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
oh, that's true, I didn't think of that. our housekeepers clean the bathrooms every weekday. phew, I feel a lot better about this now.
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on November 3rd, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
I've dropped mine during my heavy day and didn't have any spares close to me so I just used soap and scrubbed it with my fingers really well and rinsed it really well too. I'm just fine. No need to buy another unless you just want a backup cup.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on November 3rd, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
i'd take it as an opportunity to try out something else:) a meluna or a fleurcup are the least expensive cups, but afaiu almost ALL of them are cheaper than the price of a diva in the stores.
also, think hard whether you'll actually have the guts (XD) to use the same cup after that. don't feel guilty if your need to get a new cup is mostly psychological.
fee_parisienne on November 3rd, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
It is okay to use it again, silicone can be sanitized with peroxide or rubbing alcohol if soap and water don't seem strong enough under the circumstances.

If you're concerned about getting inside-the-holes clean, maybe pour a little bit of alcohol or peroxide into a small dish, and put the cup in rim-down for a short soak?
Stefaninastefanina on November 3rd, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Realistically, the toilet tends to be the cleanest part of the bathroom, and being in a dorm, yours get cleaned far more meticulously than the average family toilet.
So, I'd say you're fine soaking it in peroxide, and maybe doing s good boil when you leave for Thanksgiving.
XDeasilydistra on November 3rd, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
I've done it. Microwave-mug-boiled it for a few minutes and did a rinse-swish-wipe with isopropyl, and it was fine afterwards.
m03m on November 3rd, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Meh. It happened to me, I washed the cup with soap and kept using it. End of story.

Keep in mind that you do not have to kill all bacteria that may be on the cup, you just need to wash them off!

In any case, you're not the first, you won't be the last. Don't fret too much, these things happen. You're not a dummy, just human.
joy1989joy1989 on November 3rd, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
I've done it. I washed it really well a few times with hot soapy water and scrubbed it with a toothbrush I use just for cleaning my cup. I soaked it in rubbing alcohol and water, and then peroxide and water then boiled it. I'm a little OCD haha.
chamekkechamekke on November 4th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
I won't advise someone else, but if that happened to me, I'd be tempted to try all the cleaning methods available to me, e.g.:

* Scrub it thoroughly with soap;
* Use an inter-dental brush to scrub inside the holes;
* Rinse like crazy;
* Do that thing where you fill the cup with water, then turn it upside down and squirt water through the holes (several times) to make sure the holes too are thoroughly "rinsed";
* Wipe with rubbing alcohol;
* Let the cup sit in a hydrogen peroxide bath;
* Sterilize it with Milton sterilizing tablets (or similar);
* Boil it for 5 minutes.

After that it would probably be the cleanest thing in my home... if not my city ;-)
linsey852linsey852 on November 4th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
I don't see why it wouldn't still be usable, although the divacup website (and some other cup websites) recommend replacing it when it's exposed to unsanitary conditions. Personally if the cup is meant to be able to be able to be thoroughly sanitized I don't think this should change that, I think they are just erring on the side of caution. If I were you I wouldn't listen to the people saying that you just have to wash it with soap or wipe it down with alcohol. Fecal matter inside of your vagina can cause some pretty bad complications, and it's just not worth the risk in my opinion. Soap and rubbing alcohol are unfortunately not as effective as most people think at killing bacteria, if that were the case we wouldn't need autoclaves for hospital instruments (and like I said, fecal matter is not good for you internal lady parts so I wouldn't take any chances). Luckily you're not in the middle of your period. So I would just wash it very well with soap for now, and find a way to boil it for twice the recommended amount of time (20 minutes) before your next period as well as washing the pouch to make ensure no cross contamination after you boil it. Can you maybe time it so that the next time you do laundry to clean your storage pouch you can also boil your cup? You should definitely make sure you have a way to boil it in the future too which I know can be hard in a dorm room. What about an electric kettle or single coil burner? You could keep it somewhere no one would see it and boil it when your roommate isn't around to keep is discrete. A single coil burner and dedicated pot would only set you back about $20 at the most if you are thrifty about it and you could probably get that in time for your next period. You could even boil it when you're showering in the bathroom if your roommate/s are always there.

Edited at 2012-11-04 11:18 am (UTC)