How to sterilize?
There are many methods of sterilization.
- The most common one is boiling the cup in water. The water should be boiled in an open pot.
- You can also use sterilizing tablets that are used for sterilizing infant utensils. Place the cup in water with tablet for 15 minutes. Rinse it in water and your cup is ready to use.
- Add 10% vinegar to water and rinse the cup in the water for less than three minutes. Soaking the cup in the solution for longer time can lead to damage.
How to wash?
Use warm water to clean the cup. Examine the cup and you can find a few holes in the rim. These holes are essential for creating a perfect seal. Impurities and soap (if using soap for cleaning) can get deposited in those holes. Place the cup in running water to remove impurities or use toothpick. Do not use needles or safety pins.
If you are afraid of using a toothpick and puncturing the cup, fill the cup with water until the rim. Punch the opening and seal it with your fingers. Now, squeeze the cup so that the water gushes out of the holes in full speed. The holes will be cleaned with the pressure.
Discoloration of cup
Many factors lead to discoloration of the cup. A discolored cup is a normal, clean and safe to use. Some prefer drying the cup in sunlight to remove discoloration. Do not use bleach or hydrogen peroxide to remove the discoloration. Some use hydrogen peroxide, bleach, hand sanitizer or other chemicals. These might leave a thin white layer on the cup, which causes irritation in many women. So, just stick with water and mild soap.
Intimus and lemon for odor removal
Some boil the cup with lemon pieces to remove odor. It might remove the odor but it is recommended to avoid any citrus while cleaning your cup. Lemon cause irritation and damage to skin. Your vagina is made of soft mucus layers which are several times delicate than your outer skin. Wash it with mild water based soap and dry it in sunlight for removing odor.
Intimus and lubricants
Some prefer using lubricants to ease inserting and removal of the cup. You need to use water based lubes. Even mild silicone based lubricant can significantly damage your cup. Silicone degrades silicone. Oil based lubricants also damage the cup. If your lubricant has glycerin in it, it can cause yeast infection. It is important to use water-based lubricant with no silicone, oil and glycerin. If not, you can just use warm water as a lubricant.
Intimus and soap
It is preferred not to use soap to clean your cup. If you want to use a soap to ensure hygiene, you need to use an unscented water-based soap. Do not used any oil-based soap. It can cause irritation and yeast infection.
When to replace the cup?
Theoretically, Silicone can be used indefinitely. The substance has a very long life. This can be compromised by how well you handle your cup. Tears, cracks and damages occur due to improper cleaning, rough handling and harsh chemicals. Usage of the dishwasher or washing machine to clean the cup can damage silicone. Ideally, it is better to replace the cup within 10 years. Menstrual blood has the tendency to stain the cup. Discoloration does not affect the quality of the product but extreme discoloration and strong odor are two main indications to replace your cup. Examine for small cracks or damages in the cup and the stem, after and before every cycle.