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28 April 2014 @ 03:06 pm
Hey All,

Left my cup in for about 16 hrs out a laziness.... now it smells kinda sour. Not terrible, but it bothers me. Its a lrg sckoon, and it has always had a weird kinda..rubbery/factory smell. But this is different.

Read through a few of the tags that deal with smell, so far I've tried, washing multiple times, airing it out (its been about a week) and a soak in peroxide and a bit of baking soda for about 5 hrs. I'm a little paranoid about the peroxide damaging my cup or degrading prematurely, so I opted for a shorter amnt of time for soaking. I also swished it in lemon juice. (I have these packets of lemon powder you dissolve in water, all natural organic lemon powder) That seemed to work great- but the smell returned.... I didn't leave it too long in there because I wasn't sure if lemon would damage the silicone! I'm just so in love with my lrg sckoon I don't want anything bad to happen to it haha.

I'm in the process of sunning it right now.....but if that doesn't work I'm kind of out of ideas... anyone have any suggestions? Its been in the sun for about 15 mins... and it actually seems to smell worse now. ahaha. uuhhhhgg....
 
Alwynsabishii_kirito on April 28th, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
I personally find that tea tree oil works best for odors. I get the weird sour smell if I leave it in more than 8 hours, and TTO has always gotten rid of it. I usually just get a small cup or jar, put a few drops of TTO in it, fill the jar up enough to cover the cup, then drop the cup in. I don't know how long you're supposed to leave it in TTO, but I've left it in longer than 24 hours when I forgot, and my cups (a lady cup and a diva cup) were still okay.

http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/tag/cleaning%20-%20tea%20tree%20oil
There's a tag with more info about TTO. It smells pretty strong and might be overpowering if you don't like mint-like scents, and I have noticed that even with good rinsing the smell can last for a day or two after soaking. I like how it smells though, so I don't mind it.
Meganarwen_17 on April 28th, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
I've had that happen with my LadyCup- it should fade. I wash mine with Dr. Bronner's tea tree soap, and also soak it in peroxide or vinegar. The smell doesn't really seem to stick around.
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on April 29th, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
I wonder if PH could play a role?
This is a total guess, but I had to be on antibiotics a long time (years) to get over (praise the Lord I have) Chronic Lyme Disease offten misdiagnosed for Fibromyalgia or MS. My whole family has delt with Lyme as with live on open space so our cats brought them in, dogs too.

Anyway!My Ph was messed up and I turned silver jewlery for etc. black. My Female Ph was acidic and I took one of those tests and where I had been acaline now I was very acid on the scale. So, I ordered this stuff I was sure wouldn't work, it's a bottle of clear drops you put in your drinking water. The brand I used Health Resouces doesn't make it anymore, BUT my sister was having the same deal so I looked on Amazon under "Ph drops" and there were several companies who DO make it still. I can now wear metals and not turn anything black, and my interal Ph is balanced now. So, I have heard that can make a cup change it's smell, then when you fix it, it won't anymore. So, just a thought. I have read this is a true thing with staining as well. Maybe worth reading about??? :) Bless you
m03m on April 29th, 2014 10:25 am (UTC)
I use denture cleaning tablets every month, they leave my cup looking like new and smelling vaguely of mint. Not sure how safe they are, but honestly, there is not a whole lot that will damage silicone. Certainly not peroxide or lemon juice.
sunnybeebop on April 29th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
Don't have any TTO or Denture tabs on hand but if the smell persists I'll probably pick some up! Once I noticed the smell, I switched to a different cup for the rest of my cycle, no smell on that one. So I'm pretty certain its only because I left it in too darn long. aggh. paying the price for being lazy I guess ;)

Tried wearing the cup for a few hours yesterday while I wasn't on my period. That helped a little. The smell seems to be slowly dissipating. I can't tell if it's just time... or a result of all the things I'm trying to remedy it.... I'm just hoping this doesn't become a regular problem - never had any "smell" issues before, I'm so paranoid that next cycle it will smell again and the smell will worsen! gah!

Edited to add:

Rainy day here so I was bored. But didn't feel like dragging my butt out to the store. I wiped my cup down with rubbing alcohol, let it evaporate then gave it a really good rinse in cold water, then a hot wash with Diva wash. Smell is completely gone. YAY :)

Edited at 2014-04-29 08:39 pm (UTC)
tjs77tsa on May 9th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
I also use denture tabs now also work great for my Melunas and my silicone cups.

Edited at 2014-05-09 02:00 am (UTC)