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DIY Lemon/Vinegar rinse tutorial!

DIY Lemon/Vinegar rinse tutorial!

Doesn’t the beautiful spring weather this May just brighten your smile? Watching the world come alive and get ready for summer has us in a spring-cleaning mood!

In order to brighten your day – and your menstrual cup – this May, we decided to give you a tutorial for a fresh, all-natural menstrual cup rinse, and the best part is it’s made from ingredients you probably have right in your kitchen today!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 lemons
  • White vinegar
  • 1 cup measuring glass
  • A glass jar
  • Your Pixie Cup

Do you have everything together? Let’s get started.

This DIY was inspired by a recipe from Waste Free Planet, featured in their incredible e-magazine issue. If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet, you’re missing out!

First, cut lemons into thin slices.

Next, measure out one cup of white vinegar.  Vinegar is a natural disinfect, a perfect natural rinse for your cup.

**NOTE: Be careful how you use vinegar because it emits toxic gasses if mixed with ammonia or bleach.

Pour the vinegar into a glass jar and add the lemons. The acid in lemons is antibacterial and antiseptic and it makes the perfect all-natural menstrual cup rinse.

Now, all you have to do is wait! Let the lemon-infused vinegar sit in a cool, dry area for two weeks and you’ve got the perfect all-natural DIY antibacterial menstrual cup rinse!

When you’re ready to use the rinse, combine one part of the infused vinegar to 7 parts water.????????

Let your cup soak for a half-hour and then enjoy the fresh, clean smell!

Did you try out the rinse? Take a photo and tag us on Instagram!

How do you keep your Pixie Cup smelling fresh and clean? Share your tips in the comments!

How to start the conversation about menstrual cups

How to start the conversation about menstrual cups

You bought a Pixie Cup and have been using for a few months now, and you have experienced the incredible freedom a menstrual cup brings to your life.

What is the next step?

If you’re like me, you want to tell ALL of your friends about it, because good news is meant to be shared! Nobody should have to use an uncomfortable, chemical-packed, drying tampon EVER again… especially not people you love!

Sometimes, though, it feels a little weird to bring up the topic of menstrual cups. After all, they are period related, and in spite of our hard work to make periods a non-taboo topic, it can bring a comfortable conversation to a screeching halt.

Today we’re going to share a few tips on sharing about your menstrual cup journey with a friend!

1. Open well

“Hey guys… guess what I decided to try!”

That is a perfect opener. It’s genuine, authentic, and totally you! Your friends, if they are real friends, are already excited to hear about your life! Share it with them! If that doesn’t feel like you and you’re a little nervous, feel free to own that, too!

“So, I feel really weird saying this, but I decided to try something new and I wanted to know what you think.”

Again, perfect! You are genuine and nice, and not sales-y at all! I feel pretty safe saying that all of us probably don’t like being used as a potential sales technique. Even though you’re not technically gaining anything but support by sharing about your menstrual cup journey, you never want someone to feel like you’re pushing anything on them. When you do decide to ask them their thoughts, you can say something like “Do you think you would ever try it?”

2. Be yourself

Our society screams these words so often they sometimes fly straight over our heads. “Be yourself and everything will turn out alright.” Let’s twist this message a little and say “don’t be afraid to share your true story.” This is a good reminder when you’re trying to convince your friends to try something new. You can go ahead and throw out statistics and a few comments about how a menstrual cup saves money, but your personal story is the most convincing message you can give. Your friends trust you and will love being able to ask you questions about your journey with a menstrual cup.

3. Remind yourself that they will want to know

“What if they think it’s weird that I use a menstrual cup?” That thought might fly through your head a time or two. Just remind yourself of how you felt before you tried one, and remember the reason why you feel so much different after using a menstrual cup. Your friends deserve to know about the thing that changed your life so much. Even if they do think it’s a little weird at first, they will soon grow comfortable with the idea! Plus, chances are they have heard of menstrual cups before… it’s becoming a huge movement!

4. Ask if they have any questions

Chances are, your friends have not tried a menstrual cup before because they have a few questions! Consider ending the conversation by asking if they have any questions that are holding them back from trying a cup! Some women are afraid of leaks, others may feel that it’s out of their price range. You are the perfect person to calm their fears and help them have the answers they need to try a cup out!

5. Follow up

After you tell your friend about menstrual cups and she decides to try it out, follow up with her! Walk beside her in her journey as she tries it out for the first time, and share some advice if her cup causes any issues! Most of the time, minor issues can be easily fixed by trying a different fold for insertion or altering the cup position. Even if she doesn’t have any questions at all, it will mean a lot to your friend that you checked in on her and are supporting her through the process.

6. Celebrate with a white dress party!

Host a party and ask the friends that use menstrual cups to wear white dresses! Then, share the freedom you experience with a menstrual cup that allows you to wear white at any time of the month!

How did you find out about menstrual cups? Were you nervous to try one at first?

7 reasons Pixie Cup is the right menstrual cup for you

7 reasons Pixie Cup is the right menstrual cup for you

You’ve clicked a link or googled “period hacks…” somehow you ended up here on the Pixie Cup site. If that’s true, you’re probably wondering what is this thing we call a Pixie Cup… and why is everyone talking about it?

The Pixie Cup is only the absolute best menstrual cup on the market… and we’re about to tell you what a menstrual cup is, why it’s the best and how you can use it!

First, a menstrual cup is a BPA-free, medical-grade silicone menstrual cup that is reusable for 10 years! It prevents massive amounts of waste from pads, tampons, and other period products, and it saves a lot of headache… you will never be caught in a sticky period situation without a tampon again!

So now that you know what a menstrual cup is, let’s head into what makes our Pixie menstrual cup your best choice!

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It is comfortable

Comfort should be your #1 priority. You should not be able to feel your menstrual cup inside of you, and it should be easy to insert and remove. Your cup is there to make your life easier, not to add pain to your life! In fact, according to some studies, menstrual cups may even reduce cramps… but that’s a blog post for another day.

It comes in your size

If your menstrual cup doesn’t fit right, you could experience some leaks. We offer two different types of Pixie Cups in many different sizes, so you’re sure to find the Pixie Cup that is just right for you! If you’re not sure about which cup size you should choose, check out our article here.

It is affordable

We want every woman to be able to own a Pixie Cup, which is why we decided to price our cups at a budget-friendly price! We value your hard-earned money and want you to receive the best cup for the cost. Plus, when you choose to switch to a Pixie Cup, you save hundreds of dollars each year that you would have spent on pads and tampons!

We offer a buy one give one program

For every menstrual cup we sell, another cup is given to a woman in need! There is a real issue in this world when women do not have access to products that make their periods bearable. Our mission is to get a menstrual cup in the hands of every woman on the planet… and that starts with the one you bought!

We stand behind our products 100%

That’s right! If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase of one of our products, we will make it right. Every time. But, we like to think you won’t experience any issues because we put a lot of heart and consideration into each of our products.

We are committed to authenticity

What you see is what you get. We are a family owned company of people just like you who want to make the world a better place. We are not only here to sell a product… we want to impact lives! We are 100% committed to honesty and will always keep our word. We won’t sell you on something that we wouldn’t use ourselves.

We are a community

Pixie Cup is not just a brand… we are a community of women that are choosing to be positive and live fully every day! This community includes thousands of women across Instagram and Facebook who are determined to experience period freedom through swimming, hiking, climbing, dancing, skateboarding, and challenging each other EVERY day of the month!

We hope you will join our community and spread the word about this life-changing menstrual cup! It’s time to make a difference in the world, one period at a time.

Will I be able to feel my Pixie Cup?

Will I be able to feel my Pixie Cup?

The idea of “period freedom like never before” lifts the hopes and perks the ears of every woman. Wouldn’t all of us love the opportunity to live life without fear of leaks or being caught off-guard by Aunt Flo?

If a menstrual cup truly does provide period freedom, why doesn’t every woman own a menstrual cup?

There are so many answers to this question, and we are doing our best to answer all of them, week by week, right here on our blog! Today, the question we are addressing – one that holds some women back from trying a Pixie Cup – is this: Will I be able to feel my Pixie Cup?

We understand why women ask this question. After all, it’s really hard to imagine how a “cup” can fit inside our bodies without us even noticing it.

will I feel my menstrual cup

The answer to this question is, you should not be able to feel your Pixie Cup while it is inside your vagina. That being said, some women may feel some slight discomfort when first using the Pixie Cup, so we will address why that is and how it can be fixed in a few simple steps.

First, you may notice the stem of your menstrual cup if you have a low cervix. If you can feel the stem inside, or if it is not completely inside your vagina, you can remove your cup and trim the stem a little with some scissors, and file the ends down with a nail file if they feel sharp. Start by trimming less at first, so you don’t accidentally cut off too much. If your cup is still bothering you, let us know. We will help you to find a cup size that is a better fit for you.

Second, it is possible that you could feel some pressure on your cervix. This occurs when the rim of the cup seals around the cervix instead of within the vaginal walls. If you notice this pressure, be sure to insert your cup a little lower in your vagina so your cup can seal within the walls of your vaginal canal. If your cup continually moves up toward your cervix, let us know. You might be a better fit with a larger Pixie Cup size.

Have you noticed any discomfort with your menstrual cup? Share your tips and tricks for Pixie Cup use in the comments!

 

How to get rid of menstrual cup stains

How to get rid of menstrual cup stains

Menstrual cup stains are super common and are a badge of honor in a way… It shows a lot of use, how you’ve dedicated your cycle to less waste (think of all the products you’ve kept out of landfills!), and that you’ve made the stand to live free. Still, they can be an eyesore. We’ve added a method on removing the stains and some tips on preventing them in the future!

menstrual cup stains

How do I clean off any initial staining?

If your cup is dingy or has staining, let it soak at room temperature for an hour in a glass container or jar with 1/3 cup hydrogen peroxide and 2/3 cup water. This should eat the stains away on its own but if there is anything remaining, take a toothbrush or washcloth and scrub.

How do I prevent menstrual cup stains?

Sterilize your cup regularly. The best way to keep your cup stain-free is to do your best to prevent them! In addition to washing your cup each day and sterilizing your menstrual cup before and after each period, make sure you are giving your cup a scrub in the areas that often experience buildup such as around the rim and in the grooves of the stem. Also, try to minimize the amount of time the cup is exposed to the air without a thorough cleaning because this can lead to the darkening of the silicone.

Give it a good scrub. You may think your cup is beyond saving, but we want to assure you most stains can come off! Are you ready for one of our best stain-removal hacks? Here we go: grab an old toothbrush and scrub your cup with a little warm water and some silicone-safe cleaning solution! You will be surprised how much of the “staining” comes off with this technique!

Let it soak. We all need a steamy bath sometimes, even your menstrual cup! Squirt a little of the cleaning solution mentioned in Step 2 into a bowl or your Pixie Cup Cup with some hot water and let it soak for a few hours! Pair this with a good scrub and you can say goodbye to some tough stains!

Sunsoaking your cup. Placing your menstrual cup in a sunny location (preferably outside) for a few hours will do a world of good for any discoloration. Sun bleaching has been around for centuries and has never let anyone down yet.

Grab some Pixie Cup Wash and an old toothbrush and go to town scrubbing! Your cup will be sparkling in no time.

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But… menstrual cups are too expensive!

But… menstrual cups are too expensive!

We’ve heard it too many times before: “I’d love to try a menstrual cup, but I can’t really afford it.”

First of all, we completely understand that saving money is important, and sometimes it is hard to set aside enough money to buy a Pixie Cup. That is one of the reasons why we started our Buy One Give One program, so every woman has the opportunity to experience the period freedom that a Pixie Cup provides!

pixie cup on a budget

Today we are giving you THREE ways that a Pixie Cup will benefit your budget!

1. We keep our cups at a reasonable price

If you do a little research, you will soon find that menstrual cups can be pretty pricey! When we started Pixie Cup, we wanted to provide an affordable, high-quality cup that every woman could use! Plus, when you purchase a menstrual cup from us, we give one away to a woman in need, so TWO cups are purchased for the price of one! Now that’s a deal you can’t pass up!

2. The Pixie Cup is reusable!

Each woman spends an average of $15-20 per month on period products. That adds up to about $180 a year! When you buy a Pixie Cup, you pay a small one-time fee and then you can reuse your cup for 10 years (the better you care for it the longer it lasts)! So just pocket that extra $150 or put it toward the Starbucks fund. ???? Wouldn’t you rather enjoy a steaming skinny mocha on that “worst day” of your period than an ultra tampon and maxi pad?

3. We 100% guarantee your satisfaction.

Try the Pixie Cup with a carefree mind. If you find that our cups do not work for you, let us know and we will either provide you with a different type of cup or give you a full refund. We want you to be 100% equipped to take on those PMS days with confidence and joy!

Now that we figured out how you can afford a Pixie Cup AND save money, what else is holding you back from giving a cup a try? Let us know in the comments! ????