It's Not as Hard as You Might Think to Clean Your Menstrual Cup

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You're ready to make the switch to using a menstrual cup instead of disposable period products like pads and tampons because you've heard good things. But one thing is bothering you: The best way to clean them

To begin, we'll stick to the fundamentals and ask the ins and outs of using a menstrual cup may be puzzling, especially when it comes to personal cleanliness. To what extent can you trust that the cup has been thoroughly cleaned? What's going to happen if the cup isn't sterilized? However, assistance is on the way.

To make the switch to a menstrual cup as painless as possible, we have compiled the definitive guide to cleaning and caring for your cup.  

In our experience as a zero-waste menstrual cup manufacturer, we have learned the ins and outs of proper cup care and maintenance. We hope that by teaching you what we've learned, you'll be able to start enjoying the benefits of menstrual cups right away.  

Read on to find out how to switch to a more sustainable menstrual method and how to properly clean your menstrual cup.   

What if there was a way to help the planet while also enjoying your period as much as possible? Ruby Cup can be used effectively. When you make a purchase from us, we'll also give one to a woman who doesn't have easy access to sanitary menstrual products. Here, take your Ruby Cup.

The fundamentals of menstrual cup hygiene

Cleaning your menstrual cup in a way that prevents infections and prolongs the cup's useful life is incredibly simple. Menstrual cups may seem strange at first, and we totally get that. However, we believe that knowing how to clean and maintain your cup will help you relax.  

To put your mind at rest and give you the confidence you need to use your menstrual cup, we've compiled some frequently asked questions about the fundamentals of cleaning a cup.  

How often should a menstrual cup be washed and sterilized?

To begin, know that your menstrual cup requires both cleaning and sterilization.  

For the first use, and every month before (or after) your period, you must boil your menstrual cup for 2-3 minutes to ensure its cleanliness and safety for use. Every time you finish your drink, wash and dry your cup.  

Both of these topics are discussed in greater depth below.

How should one go about disinfecting a menstrual cup?

The menstrual cup should be cleaned after use by rinsing it with water. The pH balance of your skin and eyes could be altered, irritation could occur, and more garbage could be produced if you use a cleanser with unnecessary additives.  

Regularly filling your cup with water and squeezing it from the top down will help keep the suction holes clean. Doing so forces the water through the openings and flushes out any gunk that may have settled there during your cycle. Here, we use the term Squeeze’n’Flush method  

Your cup, before use, can also be boiled. Squeeze’n’Flush strategy for releasing debris stuck in the cracks

Cups can be given a more thorough cleaning by first being scrubbed with an unused toothbrush and fresh lemon juice, then being rinsed and boiled for a few minutes. 2-3 minutes Stains, odors, and bacteria can all be eradicated using this technique.

woman rinsing menstrual cup with water

When it comes to sterilizing your menstrual cup, boiling is your only option. There isn't enough data to say whether or not steaming the cup would effectively sterilize it, and we also don't know how it would affect the durability of the silicone. That's why it's important to boil your mug after every cycle.  

How long should a menstrual cup be boiled?

Be sure to sterilize your menstrual cup by boiling it before each use. 2-3 minutes If you only give the cup a quick boil, bacteria may be able to cling to its surface. It's possible that prolonged boiling at high temperatures (for more 2-3 minutes could shorten the life of the cup.

Be sure to only boil the cup for the recommended amount of time to help it last as long as possible and prevent infections. 2-3 minutes  

Is there an alternative to boiling your menstrual cup for sterilization?

It's natural to wonder if you can boil a menstrual cup to sterilize it if you take it with you when you go on long trips or camp out.  

It's not, to put it briefly. You must boil your menstrual cup in order to kill any bacteria. No matter what, you must bring your cup of tea to a boil in the intervals between periods.  

You could bring two menstrual cups with you (and boil both when you get home) if you'll be gone for two months or longer and there won't be a chance to boil one of them.

It's important to remember that sterilizing your menstrual cup right after your period ends isn't necessary. You could either wait until you reach your next destination to boil the cup in a pot, or you could bring a microwave-safe sterilizer along with you and boil the cup in the microwave at your next stop. Menstrual cups should be boiled as soon as possible after your period has ended and you have stopped using it, if you are doing so at home.

small pot with water and a menstrual cup

A person who is constantly on the move may have wondered public restroom hygienic practices for menstrual cups Does rinsing your mug in a workplace sink require permission?  

Keep a refillable water bottle on hand in case you need to empty your menstrual cup away from home; that way, you won't have to leave the bathroom stall or generate any extra trash.  

It's your call if you want to use a public sink to wash your mug. While some may feel fine doing so in public, others may prefer to avoid doing so when cleaning their menstrual cup. When going from the stall to the sink, you should be cautious about what you touch. Before you put the cup back in, make sure your hands are clean. Using a piece of toilet paper to cover the cup before you leave the stall will help keep germs contained.  

When it comes to menstrual cups, can they be microwave-sterilized?

You can use our microwave sterilization instructions to safely clean your menstrual cup. Sterilizer, Ruby The microwave or oven can be used in place of a boiling water bath. 2-3 seconds to make sure your cup is clean and ready for your next period  

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In what ways are the suction holes of a menstrual cup maintained?

  1. To clean your hands, keep the hot water running while you wait.
  2. Be sure to pour water into the menstrual cup.  
  3. Cover the entire open top of the cup with your hands.  
  4. Squeeze the cup to force the water through the suction openings.

how to clean the suction holes on a menstrual cup

Specifically, this is what we refer to as the Squeeze and Flush Technology  

Here are some pointers on how to disinfect the suction holes in your menstrual cup:

  • The residue can be more easily removed from the Ruby Cup if it is boiled before this procedure.
  • The sink should be as deep as possible when squeezing the cup. Make sure the water stays in the sink because it will gush out quickly through the holes.
  • Convert this into a regular part of your routine. In order to keep the suction holes clear and functional, you should Squeeze'n'Flush your cup after each use.  

Where is the most convenient place to keep a menstrual cup?

Your menstrual cup needs to be kept in a cool, dry place with plenty of air flow. Use a cotton bag to safely store your cup.  

Cleaning a menstrual cup Products that are both necessary and unnecessary

Many of the products claiming to clean your menstrual cup for you are overpriced or unnecessary. Here's a rundown of what you can and can't use to clean your menstrual cup to help you sort through the marketing hype.  

The gist If in doubt, use water  

The best soap for cleaning your menstrual cup is...

Cleansers and soaps, especially scented or oil-based varieties, are not recommended. Vaginal pH imbalances can be caused by using cleaners; we recommend staying away from them.  

Can you use baking soda to clean your menstrual cup?

Never use baking soda to clean your menstrual cup. The use of baking soda can cause vaginal irritation and compromise the durability of your silicone cup.  

Is it safe to use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect a menstrual cup?

Using hydrogen peroxide to clean a menstrual cup is a bad idea. It's not only damaging to your health, but also the cup's material.  

When cleaning your menstrual cup, what should you never use?

It's best to clean your menstrual cup with water and soap, rather than any of the harsh chemicals you might use on the rest of your house.  


  • Fragrant, oil-based, germ-fighting soaps
  • The use of peroxide of hydrogen
  • Soda bicarbonate for baking
  • Vinegar
  • Garbage disposal fluid
  • Isopropyl alcohol for rubdowns
  • Lubes
  • Bleach

It's also not a good idea to put your menstrual cup in the dishwasher because it could damage the cup's delicate internal components. If you want your cup to last longer and prevent ph imbalance, irritation, and infection, it's best to avoid the chemicals listed.  

Menstrual cup hygiene: typical problems and solutions

Now that you have a foundational understanding of menstrual cups, let's examine some of the most frequently experienced difficulties that newcomers to the world of menstrual cups may face. It's not as hard as you might think to figure them out.

How do you clean a discolored menstrual cup?

You can rest assured that any discoloration or staining that may occur in your cup is normal and will not affect its functionality or lifespan.

To remove the stain from the silicone, you can scrub the menstrual cup with an old toothbrush. To aid in stain removal, use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Use cold water to rinse. So, bring that cup of water to a boil and let it 2-3 you only need a few minutes to sterilize it for the next time you use it.  

On the other hand, Ruby Cup offers a black color option for those who are concerned about stains.

If your menstrual cup accidentally drops into the commode, what should you do?

There is no need to panic if your menstrual cup falls into the toilet; simply rinse it off and sterilize it before using it again. If the cup ends up in a public restroom, however, it's understandable if you want to buy a new one.

Keep an extra menstrual cup in your purse or vehicle as a precaution. You can choose to reuse the cup after accidentally dropping it in a public restroom and subsequently sterilizing it, or you can choose to throw it away.

If you don't want to spread germs, wash your hands before and after taking the cup out of the microwave.  

In the event that your menstrual cup develops an unpleasant odor, what should you do?

Though it's natural for a menstrual cup to pick up a few odors after repeated use, if yours develops a particularly unpleasant one, follow these steps to clean it and restore its fresh scent.  

Please refrain from using hot water to rinse the cup after use. The use of hot water can drive the odor even deeper.  

If you want to avoid any lingering odors, remove your cup after no more than 8 hours.  

Use a clean toothbrush and some fresh lemon juice to disinfect the cup. Use icy water to wash it off.

The best way to prevent the growth of bacteria and the subsequent unpleasant odors is to sterilize your menstrual cup after each use.  

When dealing with a yeast infection, how do you clean your menstrual cup?

If you suspect you have a vaginal infection, you should refrain from using a menstrual cup until the infection has cleared up. Don't confuse cleaning your cup with sterilizing it. Put your cup in a pot of boiling water for 15 minutes to sterilize it. 2-3 minutes, or use a sterilizer (like ours) to ensure Sterilizer, Ruby heat it (either in the microwave or oven) before using it again  

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The question of when a menstrual cup becomes too soiled to use arises.

Your cup needs to be cleaned and sterilized if it starts to smell bad.  

When should a menstrual cup be discarded and replaced?

In order to prevent leaks, you should get a new cup when you notice a change in its appearance or when it becomes less bouncy.  

If your cup has a sour odor that washing won't remove, throw it out and get a new one. If the cup has a sour odor, it likely contains bacteria, and you shouldn't use it unless you want to get sick.  

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Assuming you have replaced your menstrual cup, what should you do with the old one?  

The cups' nonremovable, medical-grade silicone construction prevents recycled utilizing materials from around the home that can be recycled As recycling silicone is typically done by businesses rather than individuals, you will likely need to find a recycling service to handle your used cup.  

Simply Show Up Canadian sex product manufacturer offers menstrual cup recycling service They confirm menstrual cups can be recycled through their program and that they have a recycling program and process silicone recyclables in-house. Take a look at "Come As You Are" to find out how to reuse your menstrual cup after it has been emptied. here  

It's also possible to bury the cup in the ground, burn it, and then get rid of the ash. These processes are safe for the environment, and they prevent the cup from being thrown away.  

Do you think a menstrual cup (and the associated cleaning routine) would work with your flow?

If you're on the fence about switching to a menstrual cup, it's important to think about how the cup will fit into your daily life. You should also ensure that the cup works with your monthly period routines.  

Switching to a waste-free period is easier than you might think, as cleaning and sterilizing your cup only takes a few minutes each month. Keep in mind that rinsing the cup with cold water is usually all that's needed to clean it, and that sterilizing it takes only about 2-3 minutes  

Think about how often in your day-to-day life you'll be able to clean your menstrual cup before you start using one. How frequently do you embark on adventures? You should either sterilize your cup before your trip or pack a sterilizer to use on the road.  

How often do your periods come? If you use a menstrual cup or other reusable period product, you won't need to stock up on pads and tampons just in case your period is early. If your menstrual cycle is heavier, you may also need to wash your cup more frequently. These are all valid concerns to have before using a menstrual cup, but they shouldn't stop you from getting one and giving it a try.  

Menstrual Cups: The Definitive Guide for New Users

We hope that by the end of this article you will feel confident in your ability to clean your menstrual cup.

When you follow the steps outlined above, you'll find that cleaning your menstrual cup is quick and easy. In most cases, a simple rinsing with water is sufficient; however, if it has been exposed to dirt or if you are in between periods, you should sterilize it. 2-3 seconds in cold water to minutes in boiling water

A clean menstrual cup will last longer and protect you from infection. If you follow these instructions, you'll soon be enjoying more peaceful, liberating times while also doing your part to keep the planet habitable.  

Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to help the planet while also enjoying your period as much as possible?   Using Ruby Cup, you can get there. When you make a purchase from us, we'll also give one to someone who doesn't have access to sanitary menstrual products.   Take this opportunity to pick up your Ruby Cup.

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