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08 November 2012 @ 01:02 pm
Which drug store soap has the least residue to clean menstrual cups? Divawash, lunettewash, and the like are too pricey. What do you use? Is the same as what you use to wash your body or face?
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on November 8th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
Tough to say without knowing what your drugstore stocks. The main thing is to stay away from moisturizing or deodorizing soaps, or anything highly scented.
ozonemamaozonemama on November 8th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Dove bodywash for sensitive skin or Johnson's baby wash work well.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on November 8th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
i've heard johnson's baby wash leaves residue:( the shampoo is probably a better choice. that's what i prefer to use at least:)
comedylover01 on November 9th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
I love dove for my body but since almost anything from dove is 1/4 moisturizer, i wouldn't use it on my cup.

I'll check out johnson's baby wash. thanks!
ElianaOpalopal581 on November 8th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
I don't know what is best, for what your drugstore stocks, but I just use Ivory soap, the same as I wash my hands with.
comedylover01 on November 9th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
in liquid or bar form? I love ivory. Smells great, natural (in 2012 it's pretty close to natural), and very affordable.
ElianaOpalopal581 on November 9th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
I use the bar form. I have noticed that I need to make sure I rinse it very carefully as otherwise it smells funky. The smell is only there while soap residue is.
teacupcake89 on November 8th, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
I use johnson's baby shampoo or Cusson's pearl soap (old and plain) and is the only soap I can use all over my body.

you could also use a feminine wash, or whatever you wash your vagina-parts with that doesn't make you itchy etc etc.

The main thing is to rinse whatever you use well, and not to use anything 'anti-bacterial' 'moisturising' 'essential oily' as they can leave a residue on the cup.

Remember you don't 'have' to use any soap if you don't want to, we wouldn't usually wash our vaginas with anything but water! :)
comedylover01 on November 9th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Really? I always wash my vagina (well, technically outside of it) with soap. Doesn't feel right if i don't. My vag feels great, fresh, and clean after a shower. It's the only body part that feels different.
teacupcake89 on November 9th, 2012 10:26 am (UTC)
yeah I meant the actual inside vagina :D I do wash myself outside with soap, but again many who are sensitive/prone to YIs just use water :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 8th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
I use a feminine wash and water mostly, or the most natural shower gel I have on hand, but I've tried wiping it down with white vinegar lately... it definitely covers any smell and might also take care of some minor staining.
comedylover01 on November 9th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
interesting. isn't white vinegar a lil strong to use on the cup, though?
Stefaninastefanina on November 9th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
Nah, if your skin can handle it, your cup can handle it, and I use vinegar as a hair rinse.
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 9th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Ditto, silicone is tough, and the vinegar is like 8% maybe ? I tried this because vaginas are acidic anyway, and I already use the vinegar as a fabric softener, to get rid of the limestone deposit in my electric kettle, etc.
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on November 9th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Cetaphil is pretty much residue free in my experience. And it's the most gentle soap too.
Melon the Sleepermelonaise on November 9th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I don't use any soap. I rinse thoroughly and then swab with rubbing alcohol.
bec_clothcyclebec_clothcycle on November 9th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
Cleaning cup
I know you are asking about soap, but like melonaise I do not use soap either. I wash with hot water then microwave my cup to clean as described in instructions on MooncupUK site - then wipe with rubbing alcohol..not every day but always at end of cycle.
womaness on November 9th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
I use Johnson's Natural Foaming Baby Wash: http://www.johnsonsbaby.com/product/413
and it has never caused me any problems.
Culfitzbeew on November 10th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
I use the same bar soap I use for my body, which was Dial "naturals", for a while, but haven't been able to find that one for a while, so then I used Tone clay and jasmine (forget the name for that type of clay....., but that soap smelled really good!). I have also used a natural lemon soap when I used to buy it at a natural food store. I guess I'm not that sensitive down there, cuz I've not had a problem with these soaps. I use something else for my face (Clearasil; I wouldn't use that on my cup). :)
chamekkechamekke on November 10th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm not sure you've received 2 answers that are the same! Here's another. I use Dr. Bronner's unscented liquid castile soap. I'm not sure if it's available in any drugstores where you are, but it's not hard to find here. A small bottle lasts a long time and it's a very gentle soap.

In general... as tisiphone said up top, you're OK if you avoid soaps that contain 'extra' ingredients that aren't appropriate for the vagina (e.g. deodorizers, moisturizers, scents) and which might leave an unwelcome residue on your cup.

That said, I rely mainly on rinsing (during my period) and boiling (at the end) to clean my cup. I use soap occasionally, but NOT every day during my period. A really thorough cold-water rinse can work wonders!
Arrow_Brightarrow_bright on November 10th, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
I use DivaWash now (I just wanted to try it), but I used Dr. Bronner's liquid Castile before that with no problem. It's a bit pricey (though not as much as DivaWash, etc.), but it's all-natural, organic, and fair trade. A tiny amount goes a long way.