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citrinesunset
15 December 2015 @ 09:29 am
I've had my Diva Cup for about a year. I've been washing it with warm water and liquid soap. Aside from occasionally using a little bit of rubbing alcohol, I haven't done anything else, and I don't use lube with it.

Lately, I've felt like the cup has a slightly greasy/oily feel. It's not something that rubs off on my fingers or anything, but it does seem to go away after washing (only to have it return).

It's hard to tell if I'm just imagining it. Would boiling the cup help, do you think? I'm a little concerned that the silicone is degrading or something.

Thanks!
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Zoë Violetnese Malikeurasianlaura on December 15th, 2015 02:31 pm (UTC)
That's Canadian.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on December 15th, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
I've sometimes had this happen with silicone things as they age. I'm not sure what it is and I've not really found a fix for it.
Tashanamelessw0nder on December 16th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
The only time I've seen this is with silicone sexy toys that are of poor quality. It's not recommended to use them if they get a weird residue like that. To the OP, I'd suggest contacting DivaCup to see if they recommend getting a new cup.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on December 16th, 2015 01:36 pm (UTC)
Those are indeed the nameless silicone things I was referring to.
Tashanamelessw0nder on December 16th, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC)
:D I have no shame. It happened to me once and it eventually retained an odor as well (from something else that was in the same drawer). Gross!
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on December 22nd, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
Yuck. Yeah, I think I'm going to hold off on using the cup while it has the residue. On the plus side, this gives me a good excuse to get a new cup (I've been eyeing the Super Jennie and Si-Bell lately...). But I would have hoped the Diva would last more than a year.
jourdanicus on December 15th, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's soap residue built up over time? I've always been afraid to use soap on my cup. Not sure how you could get soap residue off though...
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on December 22nd, 2015 03:43 am (UTC)
That's possible, I suppose. It's something I've considered.
slimsmckracken: pic#125554577slimsmckracken on December 15th, 2015 09:58 pm (UTC)
I used to come across the same thing with silicone components of nebulizers, CPAPs, and other machines when I worked in home healthcare when some of my coworkers would wash them with soap and water. I don't know what kind of soap you use, but if it has a lot of fragrance and/or oils and waxes to moisturize skin it could definately contribute to build up. Boiling with vinegar might work depending on how diluted it is, but in my experience boiling or soaking with baking soda is aces at removing chemical build up and residues. You just need one tablespoon per eight ounces of water.
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on December 22nd, 2015 03:51 am (UTC)
That's interesting.

I've mostly been using plain hand soap that doesn't have too much fragrance added. Some of it has probably been antibacterial (something I try to avoid, personally, but I'm not the only person who buys soap for this house). I've been avoiding soap that's very heavily scented.

I might try the vinegar idea. It can't hurt.
slimsmckracken: pic#125554577slimsmckracken on December 25th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
We used a knock off soft hands/sensitive skin dish soap and the residue was coming from the waxes they add to keep from drying your skin out (which is great for not having gross dry hands, but awful about leaving build up on non porous surfaces). So a good thing to keep in mind is that if a hand soap is antibacterial, has a really strong fragrance (which is added to soap in the form of oil after the saponification process is well underway, so it often never gets broken down), and/or is moisturizing its probably best to avoid using it on your cup. In those instances boiling, vinegar, or peroxide will clean it just as well.

Edited at 2015-12-25 12:27 am (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 16th, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
Dawn dishwashing detergent?
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on December 22nd, 2015 03:59 am (UTC)
I haven't used dishwashing detergent (only hand soap). Do you think it would help, or that it could be a potential cause?
perideaux on December 16th, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
It's the silicone sweating. Does it smell a little funny? Silicone sex toys are considered relatively unsafe to use once they develop that oily residue so it may be time to throw the Divacup out.
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on December 22nd, 2015 03:54 am (UTC)
I haven't noticed an odor. But yeah, it could be the silicone. I just took a look at it, and the inside feels pretty normal, but the outside has an oily texture. I hadn't handled it much recently when I wasn't inserting or washing it, and checking it out with dry hands, I am noticing that the oiliness seems to rub off on my fingers a bit, so I'll probably hold off on using it for the time being.