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!
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.
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.
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):
Then I add some water.
I’ll be honest, I eyeball it. Enough to cover your menstrual cup. An inch and a half?
Add your menstrual cup(s) and turn stove to high.
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.
When they’re done, remove them (carefully) from the water and place on a towel to dry.
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: