7 Tips to help reduce or remove Menstrual Cup Odour
While the silicone that most menstrual cups are made from is odourless, it is possible for your cup to develop an odour with use. This is an odour of the cup itself, not the period odour you may smell during your cycle. Every woman is different and some women may find that their menstrual flow odour is stronger than others. Don’t be alarmed if you notice a strong menstrual cup odour during your cycle. At this time, your smell sensitivity is heightened, so the smell probably isn’t as bad as you may think.
We have compiled a list below that should help you remove menstrual cup odour, however, it is important to first read the manufacturers cleaning instructions for your specific cup, as some may advise against a couple of these suggestions.
1. Don’t wear too long
Don’t wear your cup for longer than 12 hours. Menstrual cups are designed to be changed at least 2 times per day (Every 12 hours) and ideally every 4-8 hours. Leaving your cup inserted for longer than this is not recommended and can lead to increased menstrual cup odour.
2. Sun dry your cup
Dry your cup in the sun. This is one of the favoured techniques for both reducing menstrual cup odour and discolouration. Do not leave it where it may get too hot and melt – just find a nice sunny spot and leave it there for a few hours.
3. Cold before warm
When rinsing your cup between uses, always rinse it first in cold water, and then follow with warm. Using warm water first may actually cause the odour (and stains) to ‘set’ in the silicone over time.
4. Clean thoroughly
As much as possible, clean your cup thoroughly each time you remove it and reinsert it. Using specially designed menstrual cup wipes and wash may also assist in combating odour. Also ensure that all hollow areas and rim holes are completely clean.
5. Boil your cup
Boil your cup in hot water for 2-10 minutes (depending on manufacturers recommendation). This should be done before and after each cycle, however, if an odour develops, try boiling the cup again. Be sure not to let the cup rest on or touch the base of the saucepan.
6. Vinegar Solution
Try mixing up a solution of half water and half vinegar. Soak your menstrual cup in the mixture for around an hour and then rinse thoroughly.
7. Lemon Juice Solution
Use fresh lemon juice to either wipe the inside and outside of your cup, or soak your cup in the juice for around an hour. Once finished, boil your cup for a few minutes in water to ensure all lemon juice residue is removed, before re-using.