sylvaniae wrote in menstrual_cups

Cleaning between taking out and reinsertion...

Hello, fellow cuppers! I just wanted to gauge how people clean their cups between taking it out and reinserting it. I just rinse it out really well with hot water, but I've read that isn't enough, that you need to use feminine or unscented, gentle soap on it. I personally don't think that's necessary. Some people even recommend having two cups and actually boiling the cup between uses and inserting the clean one after you remove it, which I was like, WHAT, seriously?

So, what do you guys do? I know it's essentially my body and that bacteria can grow on the cup similar to a tampon and that I'm taking my life into my own hands by not always soaping up my cup between uses. I don't want TSS, but I haven't had any issues with smell or symptoms of TSS while using the cup while just rinsing between uses every 12 hours.


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I need to get some of those denture tabs, for real. I hate boiling my cup. Usually, during my period, I will rinse with hot water before putting back in and then wash it wit cup soap after my period. I rarely boil it.
If I'm home, rinse it with whatever temperature water comes out of the tap. If I'm in a stall, just dump it and reinsert. Otherwise, "as clean as cutlery." How clean does a spoon have to be before you stick it into your mouth? How clean do your fingers have to be before you'll eat fries or a sandwich with them?
I rinse with cold water first, jut to get out the blood without cooking it. I read rinsing with hot water can make the blood leave stains over time. So after I rinse with cold well, I do it once again with hot water to warm it up for the body. You're not "taking my life into my own hands", you're fine.

In between periods, I disinfect the cup in a microwave steam bag meant for baby bottles.
Yeah, I always make sure to rinse with cold water first, then hot water, because of the staining issue. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who does this. Most of the time, I just clean my cup with cup soap between cycles, but I might start actually disinfecting it via boiling on the stove (with a timer so I don't ruin the cup like I did before).