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13 July 2015 @ 09:42 pm
Hello fellow cuppers :)

I will be traveling to Florida this coming weekend and my period will most likely start on Saturday. I will be in a hotel so no access to boiling water which is the only way that I have sterilized my cup at the beginning of my cycle. I was thinking I could use soap and rinse really well, but I have heard many horror stories about infections *shudders*. Are there any specific brands that you recommend? Preferably purchasable at Duane Reade/Walgreens since ordering online usually takes several days and I'm leaving Friday morning.

Thanks in advance!
Stef: woman\\rainbow hairmorningapproach on July 14th, 2015 01:53 am (UTC)
I only sterilize my cup between periods. I only use soap and water during my period - regular bar soap, nothing antibacterial. I have never had an infection thus far in 7 years using it
Meganarwen_17 on July 14th, 2015 02:45 am (UTC)
I am on pregnancy hiatus right now but only washed with soap and water between periods- I only sterilized if I had an infection. Will you have access to a coffee maker? You could heat water through that and pour it over your cup in a styrofoam/travel cup, probably provided with the maker :)
jchammondsjchammonds on July 14th, 2015 03:38 am (UTC)
It has been a while, b/c I was pregnant and now breastfeeding, but I only sterilized after a period, and I did that by soaking in peroxide. During my period, I used the same soap I use in the shower and water.
yayforcupsyayforcups on July 14th, 2015 06:01 am (UTC)
I sterilize at the end with milton sterilizing tablets and sometimes a three minute boiled water in cup soak :)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 14th, 2015 06:30 am (UTC)
I only ever boil a cup when I'm about to resell it. Kuradi8 feels the same way I do. Maybe bring a little thing of rubbing alcohol with you to sterilize if you absolutely must (that's what I used on my cruise ship travels when I had no access to any heat source that could boil anything)
m03m on July 14th, 2015 10:43 am (UTC)
I was thinking I could use soap and rinse really well, but I have heard many horror stories about infections *shudders*.
Huh. I've been using cups for seven years and I've never heard such stories.

Cups do not need to be sterile. Tampons aren't sterile either. Soap should be fine: it does not kill all bacteria, per se, but it washes them away.
Plain Eccentric Sarahsezabelle on July 14th, 2015 03:18 pm (UTC)
I only boil at the end of each cycle. I just store it in its bag, and then when my period comes around again I just give it a quick wash with soap and water.

I'd just boil it before you go and wash it with soap and water and call it good to go.
chamilet: JB evil DHchamilet on July 14th, 2015 06:54 pm (UTC)
I just rinse with water during my period. I wash with soap and water after my period and drop it in some hydrogen peroxide if it's particularly stained.
failsafe8failsafe8 on July 15th, 2015 04:34 pm (UTC)
You don't need to sterilize unless your cup got super dirty (think dropping down an outhouse) or you had an infection. Otherwise wash your cup with hot soapy water and dry and/or wipe down with alcohol wipes. I do both and have no issues with infections. Those small alcohol wipes take up very little space but are great for cleaning stuff.
mentogirl on July 16th, 2015 01:04 am (UTC)
Okay, doesn't sound like it'll be too difficult. Any particular brand of alcohol wipes you use?
failsafe8failsafe8 on July 17th, 2015 05:03 pm (UTC)
Nope, not really, just the small 2x2 ones work fine for me.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 16th, 2015 08:33 pm (UTC)
Use soap and water before the first time and after the last time each period. Just rinse with water if possible in between.

Have a fun trip.
Menstrualcup.coloveyourcup on July 17th, 2015 02:27 am (UTC)
I usually just rinse it with water since I empty my cup only in my shower in the morning and in the evening. When I travel I have a little spray bottle that I refill with half water and half vinegar with a couple of drop of tea trea. I spray on the cup and rinse it with water. That's it :)
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on July 17th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
I only rinse my cup with water while on my period. I only use soap before use and after my period if I remember.
liquify420liquify420 on July 21st, 2015 04:50 am (UTC)
I've been using cups for 10 years. All I've ever done is use hand soap and peroxide rinses. Still using the same cups, never had an infection.