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silverfox25
31 October 2016 @ 08:57 pm
I was at my friend's house this morning and while emptying my Diva Cup I dropped it in the toilet. I have no idea when this toilet was last cleaned because it was absolutely filthy! There was crud all over the bowl and I honestly just thought about leaving it there but I didn't... 😷

So my question is should I toss it or can it be salvaged?

Thanks for any help!
 
shadowstar2shadowstar2 on November 1st, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)

I'd throw it away. Even if the toilet wasn't filthy I'd still throw it away.

silverfox25silverfox25 on November 1st, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
I was really hoping it could be saved as I've only had it for three months and can't really afford to buy another right now.
shadowstar2shadowstar2 on November 1st, 2016 02:24 am (UTC)

It's up to you. From studying hygiene for 6 years I wouldn't risk it. My opinion only. Email the company and see what their scientists think. 

silverfox25: pic#126770367silverfox25 on November 1st, 2016 02:51 am (UTC)
My initial reaction was to throw it away as I believed there was no hope; but after I posted this I started reading more about menstrual cups. Since it's non-porous, it seems that whatever was in the toilet should be able to be cleaned off. I've already cleaned it with soap and hot water three times and used an alcohol wipe (which I guess is a no-no--oh well, too late) so next I'll try boiling it as stefanina suggested and see how I feel then.

Thanks for taking the time to respond. :)
Stefaninastefanina on November 1st, 2016 01:47 am (UTC)
Ten minutes in boiling water will kill anything that might be in a toilet. The pathogen level in a toilet while high is also overrated.
silverfox25silverfox25 on November 1st, 2016 02:39 am (UTC)
I wasn't sure if, since it was so nasty, there'd be any point in trying but after doing further research I think I will. Thanks!
Selmamarsianka_selma on November 1st, 2016 06:19 pm (UTC)
I agree.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 1st, 2016 02:59 pm (UTC)
Silicone does not absorb so all the nasties it might have picked up are on the surface. Scrub it, swish it in a cup of water with a tablespoon of bleach, rinse it well, and then set it in the sun for a day or two. That should take care of just about anything. Most "really bad" microbes don't live for long outside of a living host so it should be fine.

Edited to add: The "filthy" toilet was probably rust stains from iron-rich water.

Edited at 2016-11-01 03:02 pm (UTC)
silverfox25silverfox25 on November 1st, 2016 06:27 pm (UTC)
No, unfortunately it was crud. I had to stick my hand in there so I got a good feel. Haha. Ick.

I've cleaned it with soap a few times, wiped it down with an alcohol swab and boiled it, so hopefully it's good now. I may use some bleach as you suggested and then boil it again. Either way, I think it's going to sit the rest of this cycle out. Since yesterday I've read posts where other women have just given it a good rinse and then put it back in...I don't think I could do that. 😱

Thanks for your help! 🙂
mossmorton on November 5th, 2016 02:17 am (UTC)
I would not recommend bleach! it's too harsh of a chemical (extremely caustic) and could possibly damage the silicone. Think about it: a disinfecting solution used in food service, for dishes/cutting boards ect., is a capful of bleach in a whole full dishsink (think restaurant kitchen sized sink, 6+ gallons) of cold water. or 1/8 teaspoon in a sprayer bottle for cleaning surfaces.

I think it would be safer to either get some Milton's sterilizing tablets, or soak it in regular ol' first aid 3% strength hydrogen peroxide, for not more than an hour, in a covered/sealed container as it will oxidize and loose effectiveness with air exposure.

I would totally clean that thing and stick it in my hoohaa, it's like $40!
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on November 2nd, 2016 01:49 am (UTC)
yikes. see the cleaning tags on the right. i would use multiple methods just for the peace of mind. consider rubbing alcohol for example.