Tips to help keep your menstrual cup clean
Your JuJu Menstrual Cup is a personal care product that requires special cleaning; maintaining a good menstrual cup hygiene routine is important. Your menstrual cup should be washed after being emptied and also disinfected after every cycle.
How to clean you JuJu menstrual cup
During your menstrual cycle, wash your cup with soap and warm water after emptying it and before reinserting it.
A soft cloth or brush can be used to remove any residual build up. JuJu Cleansing Wash has been specially formulated for cleaning your menstrual cup. If you opt to use a different brand of soap or cleansing wash, you are advised to use mild soap.
- Oily soaps which may cause any residual build-up on the cup.
- Highly fragranced soaps which may which may irritate your delicate skin and upset vaginal pH levels.
If you suffer from a skin condition, it is recommended that you continue to use your prescribed soap to wash your cup.
Always thoroughly rinse your cup after washing it ensure there is no residue left on the cup.
If you temporarily do not have access to clean running water (i.e. in a public toilet), wiping out your JuJu cup with toilet paper will suffice until your cup can be properly cleaned. In situations where you do not have access to clean water for longer periods of time, for example when travelling or camping, use bottled drinking water to wash and disinfect your cup.
Ensure that the tiny holes at the top of your JuJu cup are clear and contain no blockages as they help form the suction seal which keeps your cup in place. The holes can be cleaned by squirting water through them or carefully use a toothpick to remove any debris. Discard the toothpick after use.
Disinfecting your JuJu
After your cycle has finished, wash and thoroughly rinse your JuJu cup, then disinfect it so it is ready for your next period. To disinfect your cup you can use one of the following methods;
Boiling your menstrual cup is the recommended method to disinfect your menstrual cup. Simply boil your cup for 3–5 minutes. Set a timer so you don’t forget your cup on the cooktop. You may like to purchase a small pot to keep exclusively for boing your menstrual cup.
Using a Menstrual Cup UV Sterilizer is another great way to disinfect your JuJu cup between cycles. Our UV steriliser is quick, easy and portable, making it ideal for use while travelling or at home. Simply wash and dry your cup as normal, place inside the steriliser, secure the lid and switch the unit on. The UV steriliser kills 99.9% of bacteria within 5 minutes and switches off automatically. Please note: UV exposure can cause coloured menstrual cups to fade or change colour.
If you do not have access to a cooktop you can also use a microwave to disinfect a menstrual cup. Please take care if you choose to use a microwave to sterilise your menstrual cup as it can be dangerous. Put the cup in a microwave proof container such as a bowl or cup in the microwave in cold water and bring it to the boil. The time taken to bring water to the boil varies depending on the wattage of your microwave and the amount of water used so set it for 2 mins to start then keep on adding 1 minute increments until it comes to the boil. Please do not leave the microwave unattended and stop the microwave as soon as the water starts to boil. Do not take the container out of the microwave – it will be extremely hot so simply open the microwave door and allow the bowl and water to cool in the microwave. It is also important that you do not place any other objects (like a spoon) in the cup or bowl to retrieve the cup as the superheated water can erupt when a cold item is placed in it. Using a microwave can be more dangerous than boiling and this is why we do not recommend the microwave method of sterilisation on our usage guide.
If you are away from home, hiking or in remote locations, you can use a sterilising solution such as Milton to sterilise your menstrual cup without boiling. It is important to follow the manufacturer's directions on the strength and length of time to sterilise items as leaving your cup in the solution for too long or making the solution too strong may cause a residual build-up of chemicals on the cup which may degrade the silicone or cause vaginal irritation. Due to the use of chemicals in sterilizing solutions, this method is only recommended as a backup plan when you do not have access to a cooktop or microwave and not as a regular cleaning method.
Removing odours from a menstrual cup
If you notice that your menstrual cup is starting to develop an odour, you may have been leaving it in for too long or it may not have been stored correctly. The recommended use for a menstrual cup is 8 hours or less, so it's a good idea to set an alarm to remind yourself to empty and wash your cup every 8 hours if you are likely to forget that you are wearing it.
To remove the smell from your menstrual cup, you can try the following suggestions;
- Use a rubbing alcohol such as Isocol using a soft cloth to thoroughly wipe your cup inside and out. Wash well afterwards to remove any residue.
- Use a mild sterilising solution, such as Milton. It is important to follow the manufacturer's directions on the strength and length of time to sterilise items as leaving your cup in the solution for too long or make the solution too strong may cause a residual build-up of chemicals on the cup which may degrade the silicone or cause vaginal irritation.
- Soak in a solution of half water and half vinegar for one hour. Wash well afterwards to remove any residue.
Always store your menstrual cup in a well-ventilated area in the pouch provided. Never store your menstrual cup in an air tight container such as a tin or zip-lock bag.
If you are unable to remove the odour from the cup it is recommended you replace your cup to avoid the risk of infection.
Following good hygiene is important to minimise the risk of bacteria transfer to the vagina, always;
- ensure you thoroughly wash your menstrual cup and hands with a mild soap
- thoroughly rinse any soapy residue off your menstrual cup and hands, and
- wipe from front to back after a bowel movement
Please seek the advice of your medical practitioner if you have developed a vaginal odour or smell as an overgrowth of certain types of bacteria may cause Bacterial Vaginosis (BV).
Removing stains from a menstrual cup
Over time, you may notice some discolouration of your JuJu cup. Staining and discolouring on your cup can be due to the build-up of residue which is completely normal. Staining does not indicate that your cup is unclean or needs to be replaced, however you may wish to clean the cup to remove surface staining.
If this occurs, we have a couple of options you can use to cleanse your menstrual cup;
- Put an isopropyl rubbing alcohol, such as Isocol, on a sort cloth and rub the exterior and interior of your menstrual cup with the cloth, then thoroughly rinse your cup.
- Generously apply JuJu Cleansing Wash Gel to the surface of your cup and allow the cup to rest in the gel for a couple of days before rinsing it off.
- Place your JuJu cup in a heatproof container and cover it with boiling water. Add a ¼ teaspoon of bicarb soda. Soak your cup until the water has cooled, then thoroughly rinse your cup.
Many menstrual cup users report running their cup under cold water prior to use helps reduce staining.
Storing a menstrual cup
Always make sure that you properly rinse and dry your JuJu before putting it back in its own carry-bag until your next period. Storing moist cups can encourage the growth of mould and bacteria on the surface, which poses serious health risks. Always store JuJu in a ventilated area and never keep it in a plastic bag.
If you notice any rips, tears or changes in the texture of your JuJu cup; it’s time to replace it.
Travelling on your period?
If your are hiking, camping or bush-walking, take a look at this Guide to Travelling on your Period for extra travel tips when using a menstrual cup. Our Menstrual Cup Sterilizer is ultra light and portable, making it ideal for disinfecting your JuJu cup while travelling when you have access to USB power.