How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup: A Guide

How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup: A Guide


A menstrual cup, made of medical-grade silicone, is a small and flexible cup that is inserted into the vagina to collect period blood. These menstrual cups can last up to 5 years if properly cared for, and can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time. To make the switch, here’s everything you need to know about it.

Now, your pretty little menstrual cup, which stays with you for so many years, isn’t high maintenance at all. It just needs a little bit of care and cleaning. This menstrual cup care guide will clear up all your confusion and show you how easy and important the methods are.

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The First Time:

First, wash your hands. This is for every time you have something to do with your menstrual cup. 

Then, wash the menstrual cup with an allergen-free soap and water. The next step is to sterilise it, and there are two ways to do it.

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  1. Menstrual Cup Steam Steriliser: This quick and compact steam steriliser kills 99.9% of germs and automatically switches off once the process is completed. This way, you don't have to constantly check your boiling pot or worry about ruining your menstrual cup. And, sterilise your menstrual cup in just 3-5 minutes, without any hassle. 
  2. Alternatively, you can bring a pot of water to a boil and leave your menstrual cup in it for about 10 minutes.

Menstrual cup sterilizer

After Every Use:

Wash your hands, remove your menstrual cup, and dispose of its contents carefully. 

Rinse it with water, and wash it gently with unscented soap or a pH-balanced soap.

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If you're wondering about public washrooms, here's what you can do. 

If you're unable to rinse and sanitise the menstrual cup, empty its contents and wipe it with tissue paper or toilet paper. 

Make sure that no pieces of paper are stuck to your menstrual cup. 

At the end of your cycle, sterilise your menstrual cup using one of the two methods mentioned above to keep it ready for the next cycle. And, it's best to store it in the pouch that came with it.

Not too much, is it? Very soon, the above methods will become a regular practice and you'll be a pro

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✍️ This article was curated by Chandni Menda.

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