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How to clean a menstrual cup

Cleaning your cup is easy, just follow our guidelines here

 

Menstrual Cup cleaning is quick and easy once you know how. The most important thing is to clean the surface of your cup regularly to keep it free from bio-films which can build up microscopically over time. Bio-films like grabbing hold of bacteria (and not letting it go) and allowing bacteria to multiply.

If you can it is a great idea to own two menstrual cups so that you can sterilize your cups between emptying. Each time you empty your cup you will then have a clean cup to reinsert. If you cannot own two cups, make sure you are extra careful with your cup cleaning and empty your cup more often to avoid bacterial buildup.

Boil or Soak

Soak in Milton or Boil for 3 mins

STORE

Store until your period comes

Cleaning Between Uses

Wash hands
Empty
Reinsert
Empty
Rinse

Cleaning after your period

Rinse
Tissue
Sterilize

Soak in Milton or Boil for 3 mins

STORE

Store until your period comes

Cleaning BEFORE you use your cup for the first time:

The best ways to sterilize your cup are the following:

  1. Fully submerge your menstrual cup in Miltons Solution for 15 mins. You can do this in a small cup or glass jar specifically set aside for caring for your menstrual cup. Rinse with fresh water and place in a clean, dry container until you are ready to use your cup. You can either use your cotton storage bag or a container like a glass jar or plastic box.
  2. Fully submerge you cup in fresh water an boil for 3-5 mins.  You can do this in a saucepan or you can do this in the microwave.  To avoid forgetting about your cup and melting on the bottom of the pan, pop your cup inside an egg-whisk and then submerge in boiling water. Alternatively you can use a small metal basket. It is easy to forget - best way to avoid melting cups is to set a timer.

Cleaning in between use (whilst you have your period)

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water.
  2. Empty your cup into the toilet. Do this every 4-8 hours.
  3. Rinse with fresh water. If you are out and about and do not have access to a sink use a small "squeezy" water bottle that you can squirt into your menstrual cup to rinse it out before re-insertion.
  4. If you do not have access to fresh water you can invest in some antibacterial wipes to carry around to help remove bacteria before reinserting. Make sure you clean your cup throughly when you have access to fresh water again.
  5. You can also use a Menstrual Cup Wash when you empty your cup. Cover your cup in the foaming wash, rub the surface of your cup to ensure that you dislodge any bacteria from its surface. Place your cup rim on the palm of your hand upside down and squeeze the cup body to force the foaming wash through the breathing holes of the cup to assist in cleaning. Rinse with fresh water.
  6. A new discovery has been made that scrubbing your cup with a toothbrush and toothpaste will help remove bacteria. Make sure you rinse with fresh water thoroughly afterwards if you use this technique.
  7. Repeat this process each time your empty your cup. Avoid household soaps.
  8. Wash your hands thoroughly after reinsertion.

Cleaning your menstrual cup AFTER your period:

  1. Use cleaning brushes to remove any debris from the surfaces of the tiny breathing holes of the cup.
  2. Cover your cup in a foaming cup wash and rub over the surface of your cup to help remove any bacteria. Place your cup upside down on the palm of your hand and pump the body of the cup to force the cup cleaner through the breathing holes of the cup.
  3. Fully submerge your menstrual cup in Miltons Solution for 30 mins. You can do this in a small cup or glass jar specifically set aside for caring for your menstrual cup. Rinse with fresh water and place in a clean, dry container until you are ready to use your cup. You can either use your cotton storage bag or a container like a glass jar or plastic box.
  4. Fully submerge you cup in water an boil for 3-5 mins.  You can do this in a saucepan or you can do this in the microwave.  To avoid forgetting about your cup and melting on the bottom of the pan, pop your cup inside an egg-whisk and then submerge in boiling water. Alternatively you can use a small metal basket. It is easy to forget - best way to avoid melting cups is to set a timer.
  5. Dry your cup after sterilizing, sometimes a few hours in the sunshine is a great way to complete the cleaning. Then place in a clean, dry container until you are ready to use your cup. You can either use your cotton storage bag or a container like a glass jar or plastic box.

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