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Abigail
24 June 2013 @ 08:49 pm
Hello again,
Now that I have conquered use of my fabulous cup, how should I clean it at the end of my period? I have been washing with water and mild soap each time I empty it but as far as the big monthly clean I am clueless. I don't want to boil it as I have read somewhere here that it can make the silicone softer and my cup is perfect how it is. I was thinking of surgical spirits (rubbing alcohol) or hydrogen peroxide but what method does one use with such things? Also, the vinegar method - how does that work?
Thanks,
Abi
 
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on June 24th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
I don't care to boil my cups either. I will do my usual thorough soap and water cleaning, then soak my cup in a 3% peroxide plus equal part water mixture for about 15-30 minutes (longer doesn't hurt, either if you forget about it).

Sometimes I'll rub the cup with rubbing alcohol (no need to soak in it) afterward, but I don't feel it's necessary every time. I've used it if I've dropped my cup some place like in a dirty public sink or floor(I'm a bit of a germ phobe, so I do carry alcohol wipes in my purse in case of a mishap).

I don't use vinegar, since my thought is that it is acidic. I would rather not introduce any cleaning method that is not of a neutral pH.
manuka91 on June 25th, 2013 10:08 am (UTC)
Interestingly, the pH of the vagina is acidic at about pH4, so using vinegar would be perfectly safe and quite healthy for your vagina if you wish to use it. Just a thought!
I use a pH balanced, unscented feminine wash to clean my cup and don't bother with boiling.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on June 25th, 2013 11:31 am (UTC)
So good to know, thanks for sharing! Vinegar does make perfect sense as an alternative. I suppose, should we run out of our "normal" cleaning method for some reason (be it soap, peroxide, etc.), there's always an alternative to be used for our peace of mind.
curlydevacurlydeva on June 24th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
I also don't care to boil my cups either. I only did it on the initial purchase and then after that I just use hot soapy water and let it air dry and store in my little cotton bag. I have also used the vinegar and water and it works OK never had any problems. I prefer that over alcohol.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on June 24th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, I just thought of another helpful hint. Sometimes the air holes will collect menstrual residue. I find that those little, spooly shaped inter-dental brushes (like for those who have braces or dental appliances) are the perfect fit. A wooden toothpick works okay, too.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 24th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
Think of it this way: How clean does a fork have to be for you to stick it into your mouth?

I wash mine with plain old hand soap and water, then rinse well. Then give it another rinse before using again. About once a year, I give it an overnight soak in some (US strength 3%) peroxide -- just for aesthetic reasons, to eliminate some of the dingy-ness.
faranth22faranth22 on June 25th, 2013 06:49 am (UTC)
I just rinse with plain tap water between changes and then soak in half hydrogen peroxide half water between cycles. Been doing that for about a year and a half with no ill effects.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on June 26th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
I pretty much do this too, except at the end of each cycle just rinse w warm water. Peroxide (50/50) about every 4 months just to clean and also to get rid of staining.
tjs77tsa on June 25th, 2013 07:14 am (UTC)
I just rinse mine in very hot water.
m03m on June 25th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
I use denture cleaning tablets. No guarantee that this is safe, but I've had no problems in two years.
Zzsomeone on June 28th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
I've never done anything but wash it with soap and rinse it really good. I do this daily in the shower and at the end before I put it back in its bag. (I let it air dry first)
Lola DaminciLola Daminci on December 6th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC)
Cleaning at the end of the month
I use rubbing alcohol swabs - works like a charm! They're small and easy to use, and they get the job done. I just wash the cup first in water, dry it, rub it down with the swab, let it air dry (takes about a minute or less) and then wash it again. Quick and easy! Good luck!