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03 November 2013 @ 11:51 pm
Hello all! I just bought two cups recently (a ladycup and a meluna) and I want them to last me as long as possible, and in the best condition as possible (least discoloration, smells, etc!) so I have been doing research and I found the rubbing alchohol method for silicone. But I wondered, is this okay to do for TPE? I don't like having to boil my cups.
    Also, for regular washing during the actual time of month, I was hoping you all could enlighten me about which soap would be best to use! Here is what I have: unscrntrd antibacterial hand soap, unscented baby shampoo (this is very mild so I think it might be good for that?), regular scented body wash, and dr bronners magic soap in peppermint. Dr bronners is ideal because it's powerful yet not harsh, a little goes a long way, and I have it in an easy travel container which would be ideal for on the go use! However, I'm a bit nervous of the strength of the peppermint scent, I know on skin it sometimes feels cool and I don't want the sensation of a minty vagina! Yikes! Also, do you think it's possible that those oils in the soap could break down the cup over time?
    One last item of business: I'm afraid of stains, is there a safe way to remove stains that isn't hydrogen peroxide or sun bathing a cup? The meluna can't be sun bathed because it hardens it. Thanks guys! I want my cups to last, and any other tips are very welcome! 
 
tobilei on November 4th, 2013 08:07 am (UTC)
I think there are definitely steps you can take to keep cups in great condition, but just to make you feel better about it all, I've had my Diva Cup for about 12 years (my youngest kids are 11 and I'm pretty sure I had it before they were born).

Generally I just rinse it every time I empty it under cold tap water. Once a day in the shower I grab whatever body or face wash I have on hand for sensitive skin that is unscented and give it a quick clean and a really good rinse.

That's it. I'm a little lax about sterilizing (I know I probably shouldn't be but I'm being totally honest). It is a little stained but has only become that way in the last year or so and other than that is still good to go (I don't wear it overnight though, only during the day).
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 4th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
"As clean as cutlery." How clean does a fork/spoon have to be before you put it into your mouth?
nemesis27nemesis27 on November 5th, 2013 08:11 am (UTC)
clean
it´s not necessary to sterilize the cup, only keep clean, I used an intimate soap every night.
You can use any soap , but it´s better if have little fragance.
at first I always sterilize the cups every month, but now, I notice it´s not necessary.
if you clean well your cup, it´s enough.
tjs77tsa on November 5th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
I just rinsed mine with water until I discovered I could drop it in a cup of denture cleanser after each cycle leave it there overnight rinse it and put it away thats what I do now.
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 7th, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
Peroxide (half water half peroxide solution, let it soak for however long it takes) takes care of staining like nobody's business. Bonus points because it turns into palin ol' H2O after it's been aired out a while, and your vag won't mind it. Other than that... idk... some use milton tablets (smells like bleach though), some use denture tablets (minty), some use bicarb, vinegar, or rubbing alcohol... all probably fine as long as you rinse it off before wearing the cup again.

Basically you don't want those precious oils in natural soaps on your cup, not because it'll break down anything (that's LATEX), but because it doesn't need moisturizer unlike your skin, who needs an oily cup ? You also DON'T want anything antibacterial because your vag is an ecosystem with loads of healthy, usefull bacteria you really don't want to upset. So all in all.... probably baby shampoo.