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03 July 2013 @ 09:26 pm
I've been a faithful diva user for somewhere around 4-5 years now. i love it. no problems. normally, when i'm done with my period, i rinse my cup well (and often wash using my special basically-nothing-in-it soap) and then soak it overnight in water and hydrogen peroxide (maybe a 4:1 ratio). then i rinse again and let it dry and sit in its mug until the next month. i've been doing this for a while with no ill effects until just now! i looked at my cup and it had MOLD spots on it! wtf! maybe i didnt wash it well enough? maybe it's because it's freaking hot out? i don't know. it also seems to have discolored a little in one part--perhaps where water was sitting before it dried? anyways, the mold washed off pretty easily except for one hole (but i got it clean eventually), and now i have it soaking in water and rubbing alcohol...do you think it's safe to use now? i can afford a new one but really don't want to :(
tjs77tsa on July 4th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Don't leave it in the alcohol it will ruin it take it out and wipe it with straight alcohol and let it dry.
Quitteriequitterie on July 4th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)
Oh, fff!! too bad ;s

So you leave your cup in free air, inside a mug ? ; you never put it inside a pouch? Then would it be because of the dust, in the air etc.? hm, kinda strange, anyway.

Also, you let it dry -in the mug- ? I think that'd be cool-okay, but I always wipe very thoroughly my cups with a paper hanky, before storing them into their pouch, and let them in the drawer.

Oh but it may be because of the heat? wow :-s
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 4th, 2013 09:45 am (UTC)
At my boyfriend's his family put all of their toothbrushes in the same glass in their bathroom. Once someone put mine in there too, and when I went and grabbed it a few weeks later, the base had gotten moldy. I take it because there's water that ends up at the bottom of the glass and it just sat there for weeks and never fully dried. Moral of the story : it's probably what happened to your cup, and that's why they advise to keep it in a cloth pouch, so it can dry fully.

I would rub it down with alcool, vinegar wbhich is also good against fungi I think, maybe boil it and call it good again.
a clockwork cuttlefishcastalianspring on July 4th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
If it's really mold, and not just limescale or something, then try some white fermented vinegar to kill the mold completely. Alcohol alone probably won't do the job well enough and might damage your cup.
radix3radix3 on July 5th, 2013 12:02 am (UTC)
Personally, I would either soak it in Milton's or get a new cup. Why take chances with our sensitive girly bits?
teacupcake89 on July 5th, 2013 10:36 am (UTC)
just as an aside: not everyone on here who uses a menstrual cup identifies as a 'lady/girl' or would consider their vagina 'girly. :)
radix3radix3 on July 5th, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know. But vaginas are a female organ, so that's why I used the word 'girly' to describe the organ, not necessarily the cup user. I'll edit the post if that helps.

Edited at 2013-07-05 04:54 pm (UTC)
Menstrualcup.coloveyourcup on July 14th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
Honestly the divacup is not the best one in terms of durability, they do recommend to change it every year. That was the first cup I ever used and honestly after 1 year it looked like it went thru hell: yellowish color, the silicone around the holes are a little damaged and worse of all, look brown despite many attempts to clean it. It's just not build to last.

I think you better get a new one from another brand.