Menstrual cups are replacements for disposable tampons and pads as they can be re-used some going on up top ten years. As such it is important to know the correct ways of cleaning and storing it between periods.
Menstrual cups should be cleaned between uses on a period. Normally you can wear a menstrual cup for up to 10 hours depending on the flow.
If you buy a silicon menstrual cup as silicon does not harbours bacteria you can simply wash it with water and re use it, but when sing the menstrual cup for the very first time it should be boiled well before and. You can choose any brand and any variety and buy menstrual cup. If you want to be extra careful in between uses, you can use a very small amount of ant bacterial soap. Remember soap can give you yeast infections and other types of infection.
The air holes at the top of the cup must be free of all fluid, bend the cup at such holes for easy cleaning.
You can save the big cleaning of the menstrual cups as soon as you finish your period or when you are going to start another when. For this you would have to boil the menstrual cup thoroughly. Add baking powder to get rid of any and all smells.
When the cup starts to stain you can keep it out in the sun in the sun to dry after cleaning or scrub it with a little baking soda and cold water and kegel weights at Pelvi.
When you store the cup until the next period make sure you store it in the bag that was given along when you bought the menstrual cup or in a cotton bag as the menstrual cup must be allowed to breathe. A draw string bag would also do to keep your menstrual cup the best menstrual cup.
Some manufacturers ask to add some lemon juice when boiling the menstrual cup to remove it of stains. A vinegar and water solution of rubbing the menstrual cup with alcohol also is an effective cleaning method instead of boiling the cup. Feminine wipes or baby wipes is an ideal wipe to clean on the go. Over boiling the cup can cause it to melt. Some brands of cups may show a reaction to alcohol, vinegar, soap, bleach, hand sanitizer and other cleaning products. You must check the cleaning product you use for the menstrual cup against the brand material of the cup.
Cleaning a menstrual cup is not hard work and menstrual cups are really easy to use.