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15 October 2014 @ 03:31 pm
I've been using menstrual cups for almost 2 and 1/2 years. I've owned a LadyCup for about a year and a half now. About a year ago while I was on a bus trip to Illinois and Missouri, I noticed my cup smelling absolutely foul. It was so rancid, I can't even begin to describe it. I'm guessing it's because I wasn't able to rinse it most of the trip because I was on a bus.

But now, I'm experiencing the exact same thing. Only this time I've been boiling it before and after every cycle and rinsing it out between uses. I've only had this problem with my LadyCup. I honestly doubt it's my blood, because this hasn't happened with my MCUK or Meluna small, but I could be wrong. How do I get the smell out?
trejoytrejoy on October 15th, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
While I haven't had your experience, I would try soaking it in diluted peroxide or vinegar.
starrylioness on October 16th, 2014 09:47 am (UTC)
I second the vinegar diluted in water suggestion. I'd use white vinegar. That stuff can remove the scent of cat "spray" so it should be able to tackle anything smelly.

Edited at 2014-10-16 09:47 am (UTC)
Dianadiana_molloy on October 16th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
I forgot I had mine in for just over 24hr once and it smelled horrible. Leaving it out in the sun for a few days on the windowsill made the smell go away.
KaleidoscopeEydkaleidoscopeeyd on October 16th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
I've had success with first sterilizing with a denture tab for 15 minutes, rinsing and letting it dry in the sun.
Luceafaraluceafara on October 17th, 2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
I second the sun suggestion: I leave my silicone cups in a sunny window and they smell absolutely lovely afterwards. They also bleach out nicely and look like new afterwards.
Nothing else i ever tried worked.

Edited at 2014-10-17 05:22 pm (UTC)
sunnybeebop on October 19th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
I had smell issues several months ago. Left my cup in for 16 hrs due to sheer laziness. I'll never do that again! I tried everything. Boiling, peroxide soak, baking soda. I found what worked best for me is a short bath in peroxide, then with the cup wet, I poured some baking soda and it formed a paste on the cup then I scrubbed with a toothbrush. Then I washed the cup very thoroughly with Diva Wash (or whatever soap you use on your cup ) I just like how it smells.

I found immediately after that the cup would only smell like the diva wash! but later... the smell would slowly creep back in. So I did the whole routine again but before storing the cup this time, I gave it a good wipe with rubbing alcohol. And I think that made all the difference. The next day the cup barely smelled at all, and I left the cup on the sunny windowsill for a few hrs a day and the smell was finally gone completely.

Hope this helps!
mayan021 on October 27th, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
A lot of issues with smell can be due to infection so maybe go and see a doctor, otherwise maybe try a different cup, it might be the material of that one might not be the one for you
pinkydoodler on November 2nd, 2014 04:56 am (UTC)
I just had this exact same problem, where a longer-than-usual-due-to-circumstances use caused my Si-bell to smell horrible afterwards. Washing did nothing. Three days of sunning, still smelling like a zombie. Finally I caved and got a pack of denture tabs (Steradent, which was the only one which didn't have a mint smell).

I was so glad to find that worked like a charm. Hopefully it didn't damage the cup, but it seems fine to me, I guess time will tell.