There is little doubt that you’ve chosen the Green Cup for the best possible feminine hygiene and comfort. In order to stay healthy it is important to maintain the recommended pH level in the vagina. When pH levels are out of balance, the possibility of infection and discomfort increase. Keeping your vagina and the menstrual cup clean will help to protect you from these conditions.
Many people do not know that the vagina secretes a constant flush of fluid to keep itself cleansed. This is why the use of tampons is an unhealthy practice. They can lead to drying, disruption of pH levels and irritation. The menstrual cup does not cause these issues as it simply catches menstrual fluids for disposal. There is no drying or disruption of normal pH balances.
When you handle the menstrual cup it is important to start with clean hands that have been washed in a solution of warm water and mild soap. This helps to prevent the transfer of bacteria and other germs to the cup.
The Green Cup is easily washed with warm soapy water. Make sure that you use a mild soap that will not cause irritation. We recommend a mild soap that is free from scents, coloring and oils. Your cup should be emptied and cleaned at least twice a day. After you remove the cup from the vagina, empty the contents and rinse it well. Next, gently was in the soapy water. Be careful to clean all of the ribs and the holes near the top of the rim so all debris is removed. The holes are vital for helping to create the suction on the walls of the vagina to prevent leakage. If debris is stubborn, try soaking the cup for a few moments or using a toothpick or soft toothbrush to remove all particles.
The silicone material used in the creation of your cup may easily be damaged by lubricants, vinegar, soap that contains oil or fragrance, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, moistened wipes and other harsh chemicals.
If you’re out and about and cannot properly cleanse your cup it is best to rinse and dry it using potable water. You may want to carry bottled water for this purpose. Don’t give in to the temptation of using a type of soap that you are unsure about. Cleanse the cup properly at the first opportunity.
You should always perform a quick inspection of your Green Cup to ensure that there is no damage or deterioration. This is particularly important if your cup has been exposed to questionable elements or if it has been boiled for sterilization. If you notice damage to the cup, replace it with a new one.
At the end of your period, give your cup a thorough cleaning. You may also place it in boiling water for approximately 5 minutes. Just make sure that the cup does not touch the bottom of the pan or the sides if they are extremely hot as it could cause damage. When cleansed and thoroughly dry, your Green Cup should be stored in a cotton bag or other container that allows for the movement of air. This is to help prevent the development of moisture, which can breed bacteria and other germs.
When it’s time to replace
There are certain conditions that may develop that makes it necessary to replace your Green Cup. In general, when properly cared for, it should last for quite a while. If your menstrual cup develops discoloration, becomes sticky, powdery or has an odor that cleaning does not remove, it is time to discard and replace with a new one.