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25 January 2014 @ 10:33 am
I dropped my cup in the toilet and I don't have anything else! I've washed it 3 times with regular bar hand soap, thieves oil (good for infection/viruses), and cetaphil. I'm 3 weeks into a homestay and I'm not sure about asking my hostmom to let me boil it on her stove in her pots. This is only my second period using it. I don't have another. I can't get another until after my period anyway. I don't know if there's anywhere locally that sells them (I'm in Japan) (I don't even know how to find out). I really don't want to go back to tampons/pads. And the store is a 10 minute walk away and I literally have nothing but pantyliners. Do you think I washed it enough for it to be okay? I don't know what else to do... Please tell me if there's a way I can use my cup again... I don't want to throw it away when I've barely used and can't easily get another... Please help... 
Stefaninastefanina on January 25th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
You have more than washed off anything it might have picked up from its brief drop in the water. I'd be confident wearing it again immediately.
elle2013elle2013 on January 25th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
You washed it well, so I'd use it. It doesn't have to be sterile.
Charissacharissa on January 25th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
It is probably fine. This recently happened to me and I just hand washed it with soap, I'm still alive! Silicone is great as it doesn't absorb, so surface clean it well.

How about rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide wipe down for extra piece of mind?
Microwave sterilization?
hinata42691hinata42691 on January 25th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
I'm just scared because the water had blood and poo in it... and even though it wasn't in long I'm scared it still won't be clean...
I'd use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide but I don't have any...
Literally all I have other than what I mentioned using is toothpaste, bodywash, shampoo, and liquid deodorant...
I also am uncomfortable bringing it downstairs because mu hostdad is there and I also don't even know if anyone in my hostfamily even know what cups are...

Edited at 2014-01-25 01:40 am (UTC)
Kathlynekathlyne on January 25th, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
I agree with everyone else . . . it's clean enough. It doesn't have to be sterile--your fingers aren't.
Alwynsabishii_kirito on January 25th, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
It should be fine, don't panic!

If you're super super worried, does your host family have an electric kettle? If they have bagged tea, you could just try and pull it off like you're going to drink tea in your room but not use the tea bag. I definitely agree that it should be okay with what you've already done (I dropped mine in a school toilet and I was okay washing it for several minutes with the hand soap), but if it would help your peace of mind it might be worth trying.

Most of my Japanese friends have electric kettles and leave them running most of the day, so maybe your host family does, too?
hinata42691hinata42691 on January 25th, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
Thank you all for replying, I feel a bit better. I think part of why I was so worried is that I kept coming across posts or outside info that said you needed to throw away your cup and not use it again if you dropped it in the toilet... and I didn't want to put it back in if I was actually supposed to throw it away...
mercy rainmercy_rain on January 25th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
Was that info from companies that manufacture cups?

Look at it this way: if you touched your own blood or poop, you'd wash your hands well and go on your way. (Presumably you touch your own blood whenever you change your cup anyway.) If you'd done all you describe to your hands, would you consider them safe to touch other things? Probably.

Toilets are generally less germy than, say, kitchen sinks. Sure, they are the recipient of poop and blood, but in a lot of water and generally flushed immediately.
fee_parisienne on January 25th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)
No, you don't have to throw away a cup if it falls in the toilet! Washing thoroughly with soap should get it clean enough (the handwashing standard at my house is to spend 30 seconds rubbing the soap around before rinsing).
Squirt some water through the holes to make sure there is no soap residue there that could cause a yeast infection!
trejoytrejoy on January 25th, 2014 06:20 am (UTC)
I agree with everyone else, you've cleaned it well enough. I cannot forget the feeling of horror when it happened to me!
Ashatenlegspider on January 25th, 2014 09:58 am (UTC)
I also think what you've done is fine, but you can kill off microbes with hot water even if it's not boiling at the time - for food and water it's something like 5 minutes at 70C to make it safe. If you want to treat your cup some more, boil some water and put it in a saucepan or largish bowl (more water will cool slower), preferably with something to cover it. Take it to your room and leave the cup in there until the water's comfortable to touch. If you need to explain what the water's for, say your sinuses are blocked and you want to inhale some steam.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 25th, 2014 01:20 pm (UTC)
Add my voice to the chorus of those who say that washing it well is enough. Silicone does not absorb so you just need to wash the surface. Don't worry. It'll be fine.

As for poop, you will encounter a lot of it in your life. Poopie diapers and cleaning up after pets will reduce the "EEEWWW" factor down to nearly nothing. It's just poo. It washes away.
Luceafaraluceafara on January 29th, 2014 04:02 am (UTC)
Just a thought: while you are in Japan, if you need a bit more cleaning than soap again, see if they have Sake in the house. I've used Rum on small cuts before, because I didn't have anything else on hand, and I can totally see myself use it on a cup in a pinch.

Edited at 2014-01-29 04:03 am (UTC)