How To Clean Your Menstrual Cup

 

Did you know that you don’t have to use the menstrual cup washes that are sold by companies like Lunette and DivaCup?

 

You certainly can, and they’ll work just fine–but there are a plethora of ways to clean your cup and most of them are less expensive than the fancy washes.

 

NOTE: I am talking here about silicone cups. For latex ones or other materials, follow manufacturer instructions!

 

 

How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup

 

 

I’m going to tell you today how I clean mine, and let you decide how to clean your menstrual cup!

 

 

First: I rinse with warm water during my period, when I empty it. Sometimes if it’s really gross I’ll boil it in plain water for a minute or two partway through the cycle, but usually I don’t have time or need for that and silicone is not a material that harbors bacteria, so rinsing it seems to be working fine.

 

After my period is over, I gather my materials for the big monthly cleaning.

 

 

How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup --From Jill of all Trades
Side note: If you like natural cleaners, I recommend buying the big restaurant-size vinegar bottle. You’ll want it. I’ll post my recipe for natural all-purpose cleaner eventually and you’ll be happy you have it then!

 

 

I use diluted vinegar to clean mine. Some people have concerns with using vinegar as it’s slightly acidic, but others say it’s still more neutral than your vagina so it’s not a big deal. I and others I know have been using vinegar to clean it for ages and have never seen it affect the silicone–so I’m pretty sure it’s safe. But this disclaimer is in here because I’m not a chemist or anything and I don’t want to get blamed if your menstrual cup, like, explodes inside of you or something.

 

 

How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup

 

 

I add about a half cup of vinegar to my pot (note that I use this pot solely for cleaning menstrual cups or for craft projects–not for food):

 

 

How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup --From Jill of all Trades

 

 

Then I add some water.

 

 

How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup --From Jill of all Trades

 

 

I’ll be honest, I eyeball it. Enough to cover your menstrual cup. An inch and a half?

 

 

How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup --From Jill of all Trades
I’m cleaning both my Lunette and my Lily Cup Compact this month.

 

 

Add your menstrual cup(s) and turn stove to high.

 

 

How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup --From Jill of all Trades
I love my shitty old apartment stove.

 

 

Bring it to a boil, and let it boil for 2-4 minutes. I’m sure you can go longer than that but I don’t think it’s necessary.

 

 

How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup --From Jill of all Trades

 

 

When they’re done, remove them (carefully) from the water and place on a towel to dry.

 

 

How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup --From Jill of all Trades
This is my kitchen. You can see why I’m not a food blogger–the pictures would never be pretty enough.

 

 

 

 

Once they’re dry and cool, store them until a few days before you expect your next period (I leave myself a few days because I’m neither regular nor reliable), and then get them back out and do the same thing again but without the vinegar.

 

 

Then your menstrual cup will be freshly boiled in clean water, should have basically no vinegar left on it, and will be super duper clean!

 

 

And if you’re still left with ugly staining after a while, you can use this awesome tutorial for how to get rid of the stains! I haven’t tried it yet, but I mean to (as you can see in the pictures, my Lunette isn’t totally gross yet but it’s seen better days!

 

 

If you have a menstrual cup, how do you clean it? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!

 

 

And don’t forget to check out my menstrual cup reviews:

 

 

A Lily Cup Compact Review ~From Jill of all Trades

 

The Lunette Menstrual Cup Will Change Your Life ~From Jill of all Trades
The Lunette Menstrual Cup Will Change Your Life