It’s especially important to maintain high levels of hygiene when taking care of your Zero Cup. As it is worn internally, you will want to ensure that you carefully follow the steps for cleaning.
Over time, some discoloration is likely to happen. This is completely normal and can easily be rectified.
Remember, your cup can be reused for up to 10 years, so keeping it in a good, clean condition is important.
Discolouration & Odour?
Silicone is non-porous, so any odours or discolouration you notice on your Zero Cup can easily be removed.
It is important to remember that bacteria can grow on your menstrual cup if it not cleaned thoroughly.
How To Remove Stains And Smells From Your Zero Cup
Boil Your Cup
Boiling your cup in hot water for 10 minutes will sterilise your menstrual cup. This should be done at the beginning and end of your cycle. Take care that your cup doesn’t touch the bottom of the pan, as this may damage the silicone.
Don’t Wear Your Cup For Too Long
Wearing your cup for longer than 12 hours is definitely not recommended as this could encourage bacterial growth (which certainly won’t help to reduce any whiffy odours coming from your cup!) If you’re noticing a slight funk to your menstrual cup, try emptying and washing out your cup every 6-8 hours instead.
Rinse With Cold Water
Once you’ve emptied your menstrual fluid, you should rinse it with cold water to remove any residual blood. After this, rinse thoroughly with hot water for a more thorough clean.
Using hot water to rinse out your cup first can encourage staining of the silicone, so always remember to use cold water first!
Give It A Scrub
Some good, old-fashioned elbow grease may help you to remove any stubborn stains. Simply scrub your cup with a soft, new toothbrush in order to help to remove any surface stains. This method is particularly effective in cleaning the suction release holes.
Sun Bake Your Cup
Placing your Zero Cup out in the sunshine will help to reduce discolouration and odour. Position your cup in a bright spot and leave it for a couple of hours. Ensure that it is not left in direct sunlight for too long, or else you may damage the silicone.
Hydrogen Peroxide Soak
The best way to remove any deeply set stains is to do a hydrogen peroxide soak. Find yourself a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and soak for 24 hours. Hey presto - your cup will be as good as new!
Replacing Your Cup
Some users like to replace their menstrual cups more frequently. This is a personal preference, and it is up to you to decide when to opt for a new cup.