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09 February 2015 @ 11:03 am
So I started using the moon cup. I'm very pleased with it, only the cleaning is a bit annoying.

I live in a student home and our toilet is not so clean + we don't have a sink in it. So I usually clean it with a bottle of water and some paper. But to do it like that a whole week seems a bit dirty, so every morning I clean it the usual way on the toilet and then take it with me upstairs to clean it better at the sink… It's a bit stressy 'cause I need to go 2 floors with the 'kinda clean' MC in my hand and there are 5 people living here… But I guess there's no better way… :( (tips are welcome!)

Now my main question: I do an internship for 3 months and there's also no sink in the toilet. Also: the toilets are like 'IN' the office, there's just a door between you and the toilet, so there's not a separate room between the office and the actual can… Thus all noises are audible in the office. Now if my coworkers were only the women I would just explain I was using the moon cup. I work for a place where the main objective is to make the city more environmental friendly, so I guess no-one would pull a weird face at the concept of the MC… But the men… I don't particularly like the idea of explaining to guys that I'm using the moon cup. It's like telling them "If you see me going to the toilet with a bottle, making all weird noises, I'm on my period."

First I thought of leaving the bottle in the stall, but I tend to use a lot of water cleaning the MC… So my 33cl bottle needs a lot of refills… + I'm scared someone (cleaning lady) will take it away… It helps to put a little water on toilet paper and then clean it like that, but it's still hard to do that with in one hand the moon cup and in the other one the bottle, I kinda need three hands :') + still lot of unexplainable noises…

Now I have this wet wipes that seem pretty normal to put in a toilet stall, but I'm kinda worried to use them on my MC they contain:
benzalkonium chloride, propyleen glycol, sorbital, aloe vera extract, water and aroma. I also heard of lunette wipes, but they are quite expensive… I'm also not really fond of the idea, with all the toilet paper and wet wipes I shall be using I sometimes ask myself if the MC is not just as polluting as tampons…

Not cleaning it and just pouring the blood out is a bit hard, the blood is usually kinda sticky and the little holes get filled up rather easy…

An other thing I can do is clean it just before I have to leave for work and then wait till I get home to clean it, but since I work 8 hours a day, It might be just a bit too long… + I don't know if this will work at my worst day, I'm afraid it will be full after 4 hours…

A friend of me got the advice for when she went camping in the woods to piss on it for cleaning… Now that seems a bit dirty and for me it raises a lot of questions, though it would be kinda easier because you have this pressure on it, like on the tap… + no all too weird noises… Still wondering if anyone else got this advice in the shop :')

So any tips? (btw: sorry for my bad english :))
 
yayforcupsyayforcups on February 9th, 2015 11:35 am (UTC)
If you need more water pressure and you dont find it too weird.. You could bring a jam jar full of water, pop the cup in, screw the lid on and shake it up and down? Thatd only take a couple of shakes (you could cough to cover the noise) then to make sure its got the holes clear put the cup rim down on the palm of your hand and test the suction sound with it (squidge it). It should b clean quickly that way.
Either that or get a higher capacity cup :)
Kai: BugsBunnykuradi8 on February 9th, 2015 01:27 pm (UTC)
Sing -loudly- while you're in there.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on February 9th, 2015 01:50 pm (UTC)
Is there any particular reason your officemates should be rude enough to question what you're doing in the toilet? They really don't need an explanation - I mean, would you explain you had a particularly huge burrito last night, or were taking vitamin B, or ate asparagus for breakfast? No, and neither do you need to explain your menstrual arrangements! Given you're not carrying a huge bottle of water, you could just put it in your handbag, and take your handbag to the toilet with you. Definitely don't use baby wipes or pee on it! For home, you could just wrap it in a washcloth.
leen_23 on February 9th, 2015 06:34 pm (UTC)
No I don't think anyone will be rude about my toilet behavior… I just already feel very uncomfortable going to public toilets when somebody is in the stall next to me and I have to pee, sometimes I can't even pee because there's someone next to me. So at work where the stall is just like IN the office I get the same thing … So just worried :) A washcloth is a very good idea for at home, thanks!
dhrachthdhrachth on February 9th, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
My advice is to stop worrying about it so much. I doubt anyone is going to notice or care what noises you make in the toilet or if you're carrying a little rubber cup. Do you listen in on your coworkers in the toilet and quiz them about the noises they make?
leen_23 on February 9th, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
haha no of coarse not! I just feel that when I'm in the bathroom everything is a lot louder than I want to :')
icanbmeicanbme on February 9th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
If this place is super into being eco-friendly I'm willing to bet that even the non-vagina havers know what a cup is.
xquizite_insomxquizite_insom on February 9th, 2015 11:47 pm (UTC)
A- You can wet a few pieces of paper towels at home and carry them with you to work in a zip lock bag. Fold them neatly so that the whole bunch does not fall out when you are trying to take one out. Use that as a wipe. You can also use a travel wipe case or a wet bag if zip lock does not appeal to you. They do not have to be sopping wet, just moist.

B- If waste is an issue, then make your own reusable wipes. I did that when I cloth diapered and lots of CDing moms still do that. Cut a piece of fabric to the size you will find appropriate, a simple square washcloth size will be fine. Fold it and wet it with water. If you want to get fancy, an old Huggies travel case works well. Carry a spare zip lock bag to put the used one in. Once the cup is emptied wipe the cup down. When you get home, you can toss the used wipes in the laundry bin and wash. *Tip dark, busy fabrics hide any staining* Again, if creating waste is an issue, you can make/buy a reusable wet bag to bring the soiled ones home in.

For extra cleansing, you can rinse with a small bottle of water after wiping the cup down. It will be pretty clean.
This is what I do and have never has a problem.

To clean the holes, I just squeeze the cup over the washcloth, forcing air cleans it out okay.


EDITED TO ADD:

When you get home, you can give your cup a good wash. Every cup manufacturer agrees that it is acceptable to do a wipe down while out and give a good wash when you get home. I do not recommend those wipes you have. It may irritate your vagina.

Hope this helps.

Edited at 2015-02-09 11:51 pm (UTC)
the_great_makerthe_great_maker on February 10th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
Do you have access to a shower daily? If so, that's what I find easiest - to just empty and clean in the shower. That's how I do it 9/10! And you may not need to empty it at work.
trejoytrejoy on February 10th, 2015 10:33 pm (UTC)
I would NOT use wet wipes! I have heard of people peeing on their cup to rinse it and did that once or twice early on when I was desperate. It didn't hurt me and I dried it with TP before putting it back in, but I don't see that it's necessary. Now, if I have to empty my cup in public restrooms, I remove and reinsert without rinsing. As someone else posted, the shower is probably best for rinsing your cup.
perigrine: cupsperigrine on February 16th, 2015 04:54 am (UTC)
I pee on/in it out bush if I have to. I'd rather wee than soapy wipes any day.

My sister, when in a public/audible loo, will turn the tap on to covers sounds.