How to Clean a Menstrual Cup Each Period


Having a menstrual cup is a great way to reduce waste and save money by not needing to buy pads or tampons every month. However, regardless of how convenient menstrual cups might be, it’s important to keep them clean and properly maintained in order to remain healthy.

How to Clean a Menstrual Cup – Step by Step Guide

There are a few simple steps you should take to keep your menstrual cup clean.

  1. Firstly, you should empty out the contents of the cup every 8-10 hours, depending on your flow. Before re-inserting the cup, rinse it off with cold or warm water. Using a soap is not necessary, but if you would like to, make sure it’s a mild and fragrance-free soap.
  2. To eliminate bacteria, boil your menstrual cup in hot water for 5 – 10 minutes once a month. They even make special menstrual cup santizers that are dedicated to cleaning your menstrual cup! (My favourite is Ruby Cups Sanitizer avaliabal here) And skip any harsh chemicals when cleaning your menstrual cup, remember this is going back in your body so be kind!

  3. After your period is over, it’s a good idea to give your menstrual cup a more thorough clean by soaking it in a cup filled with distilled water and a teaspoon of iodine-free sea salt. Leave it in the saline solution overnight and then rinse it off with cold water. 

  4. When you’re not using your menstrual cup, make sure to store it in a breathable container or bag.


Following these simple steps can help keep it clean and ensure you have the best experience with your menstrual cup.


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