One of the great things about using a menstrual cup is that you are in control of the cleanliness. You do not have to rely on someone else to clean and pack it hygienically, as you do with tampons.
The plastic (TPE) is used for medical devices and can be easily cleaned and disinfected. The TPE can be boiled or steam sterilized up to a temperature of 135°C / 275°F.
Every woman can decide on the method of sterilization that's right for her. Here are some possibilities.
Please note that Me Luna® should be sterilized for 2-3 minutes in plenty of boiling water before the first use.
After the end of menstruation, you should thoroughly clean and sterilize your Me Luna®.
For storing Me Luna®, the supplied microfibre bag is ideal, as it provides maximum protection and air flow. You could also use a clean, lint-free cloth bag. However it is stored, it should be well-ventilated.
What can damage Me Luna®?
Improper cleaning: Never use solvent-based cleaners, corrosive substances or abrasives to clean Me Luna®, as these may damage the plastic.
Improper storage: UV rays can damage Me Luna®, though under normal storage conditions the risk of damage is very low. Me Luna® should not be left in direct sunlight and never expose your Me Luna® Cup to very high temperatures (over 140°C / 284°F).
Recommendations for cleaning during use
To clean Me Luna® during usage, you can rinse it under running water, or wipe it with toilet paper or paper towels. If you want a more intensive cleaning, vaginal wash (pH 3.5) can also be used. After draining and cleaning, Me Luna® can be placed inside again. Sterilization is also required after your menstruation ends and before the first time you use Me Luna® when your next period starts.
Please be sure to only reach for your Me Luna® with clean hands.
How do I clean my Me Luna® when I'm out?
There are several options. Many women urinate on their cup and put it back in place. (Normally, urine is sterile.) Or, wipe your Me Luna® with toilet paper or paper towels before reinserting. If you have water at your disposal, you can also rinse Me Luna® before replacing. Carrying a cleaning cloth or a water bottle can be very helpful in public toilets, because there is not always a sink within reach.
Sterilizing in boiling water
On the stove:
Bring water to boil in a small saucepan. Place Me Luna® in the water for 2-3 minutes, making sure that there is enough water in the saucepan so that the Me Luna® floats.
In the microwave:
Me Luna® can also be disinfected in a microwave. Me Luna´s® material, TPE, is non-polar and will not be heated by the microwave, but rather by the hot water. Put Me Luna® in a microwavable container and bring to a boil in the microwave. Caution: Do not scald your fingers when you remove Me Luna®!
PLEASE NOTICE: Me Luna® should never be boiled dry or touch the bottom of the pot, as plastic will melt! Don't leave the pot unattended! The use of an egg timer has been proven. Cooking time 2-3 minutes is sufficient.
TIP: A great way to sterilize Me Luna® is to put it inside a whisk, a big tea-ball, or a strainer. Place the whisk or strainer containing Me Luna® in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Now you can easily remove the Me Luna® from the boiling water, without scalding your hands!
Hot salt water:
Sterilize Me Luna® in boiling water with a little salt. This helps to prevent discoloration and increases the cleaning effect.
A little vinegar in the boiling water can help to prevent scale deposits and has a natural disinfecting and deodorizing effect. Use vinegar water hot or cold, with a 3% concentration of vinegar (see EU regulation global migration).
Disinfection by means of special disinfectants
Another method of sterilization is commercially-available disinfectants, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) or chlorine water. If you choose one of these methods, please rinse Me Luna® thoroughly before reinsertion to prevent irritation of the vaginal mucosa by chemical residues.
TIP: With the Milton disinfectant tablets you can disinfect your Me Luna® in 15 minutes.
Smell or discolorations of your Me Luna®
Slight discoloration will often occur over a long period of use, and this is the case with all menstrual cups from all manufacturers. However, with regular and thorough cleaning these discolorations are slight.
Unpleasant odors can be prevented. Me Luna® should be removed every 8 to 12 hours. Some women have reported temporary changes of smell, which are likely due to various proteins in the blood. A menstrual cup may suddenly assume a different smell, although it has been cleaned as usual.
TIPS for special cleaning problems
Usually odors disappear when you place your sterilized Me Luna® in a dry, well-ventilated place for several days. You can also place the Me Luna® few hours in a glass of denture cleaner, or sterilize with vinegar or salt water. Cleaning very hard to reach places (such as the cup holes) can be done with an interdental brush.
Very suitable for special cleaning problems: Products for dental care. Proven for a long time have been denture cleaners as COREGA ® tabs, or interdental brushes.
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