Your vagina overall health will be effected by what you put in it by altering its pH levels (high pH will lead to irritation, discomfort, odor and even infection). It is self-cleansing and continually produces its own fluid to clean itself. This is one of the reasons why tampons made of rayon and cotton that dry out the natural fluid can so easily disrupt the natural pH.
The CleoCup is latex-free, plastic-free, BPA-free, odor-free and toxin free. It is made from healthcare grade non-absorbent silicone, which means it will not dry out or disrupt the natural environment of your vagina. The CleoCup needs care to to help with vaginal health and prolong its life span.
Just like your vagina needs regular care, so too does your CleoCup. The guidelines below allow for our care and cleaning tips to allow a pleasant CleoCup experience.
Wash your CleoCup with warm water and mild soap.
You may choose to boil your CleoCup before or after your cycle by immersing it in boiling water for 5-7 minutes (keep it from touching the sides of bottom of pot – to prevent damage). Let it cool down before using it, unless you have a kevlar vajayjay.
Before removing or inserting the CleoCup make sure your hands are clean and the cup is clean. You can clean the cup with CleoCup Wash or with a mild, unscented, non – antibacterial, water-based, oil-free soap. Harsh chemicals can damage the cup and irritate your vagina.
You should be emptying and cleaning your cup at least 2x daily (every 12 hours at least).
If you can’t wash the cup after removal, like in a public restroom, wash your hand prior, empty the contents and use a dry or damp tissue to clean the cup and then clean at the next convenient time.
Inspect your cup often – if you notice any surface damage, please replace your cup immediately. The same goes if it is exposed to any unsanitary conditions like the toilet.
Don’t use lube to insert the CleoCup – it can damage it but you can use water instead of lube.
Wash as you would during your cycle. Boil your CleoCup before or after your cycle by immersing it in boiling water for 5-7 minutes (keep it from touching the sides of bottom of pot – to prevent damage).
Store in the carry bag or something that will allow airflow (airtight containers wont’ let moisture evaporate) and keep it in a safe place until next time round.
Over time, menstrual cups can discolour for various reasons. If it begins to discolor you can boil it as per the instructions in the User Guide but discoloration does not mean you need to replace the cup.
Silicone itself is odor-free, but if your cup does develop an odor, depending on what cleanser was used, and a number of factors unique to each woman, the silicone may be compromised. You can try boiling the cup as per the instructions in the User Guide, however if an odor remains after boiling and thoroughly washing your cup, you may want to consider purchasing a new cup.