During your period
Every time you remove or insert your V-CUP®, your hands should be squeaky-clean. We don’t want any uninvited bacteria1! There’s no neighborhood watch program “up there” so preventative measures are key. When you're on your period, empty and wash your cup twice a day at the minimum, or at least every twelve hours. This practice is doubly important to reduce the chance of overflow and to prevent the growth of harmful germs.
When rinsing the cup, beginning with cool water can clean off colored fluids without setting them into the silicone2 as stains. After the initial cool rinse, you can switch to a combination of the V-CUPS cleansing wash and warm water before carefully reinserting the cup with clean hands.
If you’re in a public restroom and can’t wash the cup, simply use a damp or dry tissue to wipe it clean until the next convenient opportunity to rinse. When you're traveling or camping, a tissue will work temporarily, but always use potable water for the rinsing process. If you wouldn't drink it, don't insert it into your nether regions!
At the end of your period
Wash your V-CUP with warm water. We also recommend the specially formulated V-CUP cleansing wash. Be certain to clean thoroughly under the rim of the cup; some women choose to use a soft-bristled toothbrush (just for the cup—label and set aside in a safe place!) to remove any excess discoloration.
Set the cup out to dry.
Store in the special breathable V-CUPS pouch until your next cycle. Don’t keep it in anything airtight, which could inhibit the evaporation process of excess moisture and promote bacteria growth.
What NOT to do
Other menstrual cup manufacturers or users may suggest cleaning and care methods we haven't listed here. For your health and to prolong the longevity of your V-CUP, we do not recommend:
- Using other cleaning products such as scented soaps, hand sanitizer, dish soap, or bleach
- Cleaning the cup in a dishwasher because chemicals, soap and residue from previous dish washing could harm the cup.
- Using a silicone-based lubricant to insert the cup (water-based is okay!)
- Exposing the cup to unsanitary conditions, like putting it in the toilet
Any of these might damage the silicone, compromising the safety and reliability of your cup.
Replacing your Menstrual Cup
Discoloration is normal and happens over time, but it doesn't necessarily mean your cup needs replacement. However, an odor that won't go away or any type of deterioration means it's time to get a new V-CUP. We suggest inspecting your cup regularly for any sings of deterioration such as a sticky or powdery film.
With the right cleaning routine—and a little love—your cup will last you all year, or even longer. We recommend replacing the cup yearly due to the nature of the product being a feminine hygiene product.