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13 December 2015 @ 01:31 am
I haven't looked at my cup since my last period. I have been storing it in a box with a couple tampons between periods. I haven't boiled it since I first got it in may and it was fine after. I had done a couple vinegar soaks and a couple with some peroxide. I did use a bit of coconut oil as lube my last period per precious stars pads she recs using that or water based lube. I used a bit my last period especially when it was lighter at the end. I hope I didn't ruin it I can't afford a replacement right now with xmas right around the corner. Help. The powdery residue washed off easily when I washed my cup. When I put it why I remember not really drying it just putting it away.
Enlevéenleve on December 13th, 2015 10:31 am (UTC)
If you have hard water in your area, could it be mineral deposits from the water?
mossmorton on December 13th, 2015 01:19 pm (UTC)
It could be a mold bloom.
What kind of vinegar are you using? Are you soaking it in straight vinegar for a period of time? I honestly think I helped kill my Diva with vinegar, but it was 7+ y/o and I was reacting to what I think was the material degrading which I thought was my first ever yeast infection, but wasn't.
Vinegar has a pH of about 2.4 depending on the %acidity which is on the bottle. An average vagina has a pH of 2.8 to 4.4 depending on the vagina. Maybe consider a different cleaning method, it could be damaging your cup.
yayforcupsyayforcups on December 13th, 2015 02:39 pm (UTC)
It sounds like coconut oil residue. Wash it off with soapy warm water. The colder temperatures make it kind of crystalize which in summer isnt a problem but in winter it just gives a whitish power on the surface that washes or melts off :) the box should be ok to store it in but better store it when its dry
Anya1976anya1976 on December 13th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
That sounds possible. I re washed it and soaked it in white vinager for an hour, put it away again and it's normal now. I must not have washed it good enough after i was done with it.
selofainselofain on December 14th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC)
It's definitely coconut oil residue. I had it on my Lunette after trying coconut oil as lube once. The residue kept showing up and it took a lot of washings for me to clean it completely off. It's come up at least once before in this comm, which honestly was of great relief to me, since I was quite puzzled by this weird stuff that kept showing up.
Anya1976anya1976 on December 14th, 2015 05:44 am (UTC)
Ok, glad it's happened to others lol i freaked out cus i honestly haven't really done anything to "ruin" my cup. I have checked my cup a few times today and it looks perfect. No residue on it.