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As embarrassing as it is, we are all aware of the fact that menstrual cups can get a stink with use. Most of us don’t like to even admit to ourselves. But yes it does happen to everyone and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Rather there are a few tactics to help eliminate the stink completely.
Length of wearing it
A major reason for the stink in menstrual cups is that women tend to wear it longer than 12 hours. That could not cause the cup to stink but also put your health at risk. So avoid wearing a cup for more than 12 hours at a stretch. It’s best to wash and clean it well before reusing it.
Cold water wash and Hot water wash
A handy trick in getting rid of the smell is to wash the menstrual cup in cold water before washing it in hot. If you wash with only the hot water you may cause the bacteria and odour to actually settle in the cup.
Boiling is the most effective method to remove a stink or discolouration in your cup. Deep boil the cup in a deep sauce pan. Make sure the cup doesn’t touch the surface of the pan which may cause the silicone to melt. Read your instruction manual on how to wear menstrual cup to find out how long your brand of cup should be boiled.
Let your cup dry in the sun. If your cup has only a mild discolouration then drying it in the sun can get rid of it. After a cold and hot water wash a sun dry would be more effective than sun drying alone.
Lemon juice / Vinegar solutionLemon juice or vinegar solutions can be used to remove odour. The acidity in the two solutions help take out the germs causing the smell. Dip the cup in the solution for about an hour to get results.
Available commercial liquid wash
You can also use the liquid washes available commercially that are designed specifically to be used as menstrual cups wash. These commercial liquid washes have the necessary anti-bacterial qualities that force out the germs and bacteria while leaving your cup odourless and colourless. This is another very effective method of cleaning your cup.
Treat your cup with a 3% to 5% hydrogen peroxide as you deem necessary to get rid of any hard odours or discolourations. This is an anti-germ agent that easily removes any germs and odour.
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