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02 August 2017 @ 03:40 pm

Hello Everyone, I'm not a new cup user by any means I own 5. Three of which are in constant location. This cycle kind of snuck up on me and I realized last month that I stupidly threw my cups somewhere where I couldn't see them and forgot them there. One for two months and the other for one. It wasn't anywhere gross just an old bowl on top of my dresser. I didn't remember they were in there until I came up to needing them soon for this month. So in my germaphobic ways since I had left them out for so long I wanted to clean them a bit more than just rinse and hope its clean which is my usual method.

The soap I used to wash them up is glycerin based. It's not anti bacteria or anything so I know I'm safe there but my worry is it has some sort of oil or lotion in it that would now be coating my cups since the soap is mildly scented. I rinsed REALLY well when I washed them... rinsed them twice actually. I'm not one to get infections but obviously I don't want to find out there is something on my cup by getting one. It's not a road I'd like to travel if I can avoid it.

Is there something I can do to make sure my cups are clean of any possible residue that could mess with me? One of them is my "go to" cup so I'm really hoping my lapse in thinking doesn't lead to me needing to chuck them in the trash. Also I realize I could of boiled them but I am one who has never boiled a cup and yet to have a problem and I also live with someone who would freak if they saw me boiling a cup. Thanks for your help and I'm sorry I rambled. :)

 
eerlijke: pic#127656648eerlijke on August 2nd, 2017 10:39 pm (UTC)
boil them! i think this is the reccomended way to sterilize menstrual cups. bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, drop them in, boil for ten minutes. i try to do it every couple months or so. just beware if you live in an area with hard water (lots of minerals in it like comes from a well) it could leave some residue but this is fine.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 3rd, 2017 12:42 am (UTC)
Glycerin in soaps is one of the few things that might make yeast bloom so make sure you rinse your cup, your hands and whatever else you wash with it well. Some people are sensitive to perfumes, dyes, antibacterial additives, etc, but most are not. Hard water will not harm your cup.

As for cleaning your cups, "as clean as cutlery." How clean does a spoon have to be before you put it into your mouth? How clean do your hands have to be before you'll eat with your fingers? How clean does your partner's fingers, tongue, penis, etc have to be?

Washing with plain old soap and water disinfects and sanitizes almost as well as boiling or chemical means. (No, boiling does not sterilize, so why risk accidental damage?)
blueyedrebel919 on August 3rd, 2017 04:30 am (UTC)
So basically I may be safe being I've already rinsed them?? They don't smell like the soap or anything. They just smell like nothing or the cup itself. I just wanted to ask before I popped it in and ended up with an infection.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 3rd, 2017 12:55 pm (UTC)
I assume you're referring to a yeast infection or BV. You are more likely to get either from something other than your cup. And even if you did, you wouldn't have to chuck your cup. They are made of non-absorbent materials so microbes stay on the surface. Just wash them off. Boiling or chemicals are overkill and risky but go ahead if they make you feel better.

Neither are the end of the world. They often go hand in hand, especially if yeast grows out of control. Yeast infections are often external symptoms of a digestive imbalance. Treat the source as well as relieving the symptoms. Google for home remedies and off-the-shelf medications and supplements. (If they don't work, see a doctor.)
slimsmckracken: pic#125554577slimsmckracken on August 3rd, 2017 01:09 pm (UTC)
If the cups don't feel sticky, oily, and/or smell strongly of the soap then you're fine. I make and sell a lot of soap and believe me when I tell you that you would be able to feel any build up of glycerin on anything. If the scent is only mild, then I can't imagine that they would have used tons of fragrance or essential oils and what they did use was likely completely saponified in the making process. Honestly, I use glycerin based soaps to clean my cups probably 98% of the time and have never had a problem. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly with hot water after washing.
newconvert on August 4th, 2017 10:45 pm (UTC)
You can also boil your cup in the microwave -- less chance of damage, and faster... and you can hover around a microwave for six minuteswithout anyone in your household getting too suspicious!