Cleaning and Care- Storage for Your Menstrual Cup Questions (More Faqs »)


How do I clean my menstrual cup between my monthly uses?

When done with the week of use with a menstrual cup, you should always sterilize it thoroughly. Although emptying it during its week on duty does help keep it clean, it is recommended that you sterilize it once after every weekly use by boiling it for 5 minutes, rinsing it, drying it off, and then storing it in a cool, dry place (in its storage pouch preferably.)
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Can I wash my menstrual cup with soap and water to sterilize it?

You can wash your menstrual cup with a gentle soap and water during your monthly use of it. However for sterilization you should clean it well and then sterilize it as directed (by the user guide that came with your specific brand of menstrual cup.) This is typically boiling it or microwaving it- if your menstrual cup came with a special microwave safe cup. Be sure to check the manual that came with the purchase of your cup to not damage your cup by sterilizing it by an unsafe method.
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How do I clean my menstrual cup after I empty it?

Once you are on your period, between empties you should wash it out with warm water and gentle soap. If you are worried about the soap irritating you just rinse it clean with warm water, and if you do choose to use soap be sure to rinse the cup well- so you don’t initiate any irritation to your vagina.
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Do I sterilize my menstrual cup every time I empty it?

No. Washing your menstrual cup with soap and warm water after emptying it will suffice until your period is over and it is time to sterilize it and pack it away. It is recommended though that you sterilize it once after a full week’s use so you extend its longevity and effectiveness for the duration of its life-span.
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What is the best way to sterilize my menstrual cup?

Most menstrual cups include a user manual and instructions that provide the buyer with explicit details on care and cleaning. Each cup is unique in what it can and cannot be sterilized with or how it should be safely sterilized. Be sure to check and read the manual, but if you are at a loss most menstrual cups can be sterilized using the 5 minute boiling method on the stove-top.
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Can I buy a sterilization cup for my menstrual cup, mine did not come with one?

If you want to purchase a sterilization cup for your menstrual cup because yours did not come with one, there are many menstrual cup brands that offer them in a separate purchase. Check your brand of menstrual cup, or look on amazon to see the accessories that your specific model and brand of menstrual cup offers.

If your menstrual cup brand does not offer a sterilization cup- you can purchase one from another vendor, but be careful to make certain microwaving your cup is safe and will not damage it.
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What if I do not have access to running water or I am in a non-private setting, how should I clean the menstrual cup?

If you are in a place where your menstrual cup needs to be emptied, and there is no running water or it is not a private setting- you can just use toilet paper or a wipe to clean it as well as you can. Then when you have a private access to running water you can clean it with soap and water as normal.
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My menstrual cup is stained, is this normal?

Yes. After numerous uses some menstrual cups do wear, tear and accumulate stains. You can try cleaning it and scrubbing it after sterilization to remove the stains or lighten them, however never bleach, use abrasive or toxic cleaners, or other materials to de-stain your menstrual cup as it could permanently damage it.
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Can I use the microwave to sterilize my menstrual cup?

Menstrual cups safe sterilization methods vary between brands. Although some menstrual cups come with a microwave safe sterilization cup- others do not. It is important that you do not microwave your menstrual cup without first checking the user manual and instructions on sterilization before attempting to sterilize it in the microwave.
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Are menstrual cups dishwasher safe?

No. Not all menstrual cups are dishwasher safe. There is only a few menstrual cups that can be safely run through a dishwasher without getting permanently damaged. If you want to know for certain if your menstrual cup is dishwasher safe or not- you should first verify it with the manual that was included in your menstrual cup before ruining your menstrual cup.
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How should I store my menstrual cup in-between uses?

Most menstrual cups come with a pouch or a storage container that can discreetly store your cup until next use. You should keep it in the container or pouch to preserve its life-span and also keep it in a cool, dry place like a cabinet, dresser drawer, or closet.
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What is the best recommendations for caring for the menstrual cup to preserve its life-span and keep it from getting damaged?

When wanting to keep your menstrual cup’s life-span preserved you should always clean it after emptying, sterilize it monthly, store it in a cool, dry place, and also not expose it to harsh cleaners, bleach, or sterilize it using methods that are not meant for your specific cup brand.
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