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What is UV Sterilization?

What is UV Sterilization?

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There are several different ways you can sterilize your menstrual cup. You may have seen new UV menstrual cup sterilizers on the market and maybe you’re wondering what they’re all about; whether they work and actually eliminate bacteria! What is UV sterilization? Is it effective for bacteria and viruses?  If you found this post, chances are you are doing your research. Let’s dig in!

What is UV Sterilization?

UV light has been used for sterilization and disinfection as early as the mid-20th century, actually! Technology has advanced since then, and specifically in the UV bulbs themselves. Their reliable, long lifespan (thousands of hours) and smaller size has broadened the use! You can find it being used to disinfect water, air, fruits, vegetables, surgical utensils, tablet computers, toys, even fish tanks!

Check out this UV robot that is used to sterilize an entire hospital room!

UV Sterilizing

How effective is UV Sterilization?

Scientists have known for decades that broad-spectrum UVC light, which has a wavelength of between 200 to 400 nanometers (nm), is highly effective at killing bacteria and viruses by destroying the molecular bonds that hold their DNA together. This conventional UV light is commonly used to decontaminate surgical equipment.

Within the last handful of years, researchers at CUIMC figured out that a narrow spectrum of ultraviolet light (technically) called far-UVC could kill microbes without damaging healthy tissue. Crazy right? We hear UV and we automatically think of having a gel manicure or spending time at the pool with a lot of sunscreens!

Moreover, the researchers demonstrated that UVC light was effective at killing MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria, a common cause of wound infections!

UV Spectrum

What is the difference between the UV rays?

Light is a crazy thing! On one end of the spectrum, you find infrared and on the other end, you find x-ray. The sweet spot in the middle is the visible light; this is what’s able to be seen by the naked eye. Between visible light and x-ray, you find all the UVs. 

UVA: UVA rays, which account for 95 percent of the radiation that reaches the earth’s surface, cause wrinkles, “sunspots,” and other types of premature aging. They are also strongly linked to skin cancer. 

UVB: UVB rays, which affect the skin’s top layer, cause skin cancer, and most sunburns.

UVC: These rays are considered the bad boys of the UV family. They physically actually never reach the earth’s surface from the sun because it’s blocked by the ozone layer. However, it’s been recreated here on earth with things like mercury lamps, bulbs, and welding torches. UVC light is able to cause the physical destruction of viral, bacterial, and fungal cells in a matter of seconds.

How long does it take for UV light to sterilize?

A matter of minutes! UV-C is the killer of the UV family. Tests of UVC on surfaces have demonstrated that it kills C. diff spores in seconds versus hours for chemical cleaning. In fact, Here at Pixie Cup, we are super excited about the launch of our new UV Sterilizer! By placing your Pixie Cup in the sterilizer and closing the lid, you hit the button and 99.9% of bacteria are killed in minutes. (2 minutes to be exact!) The UV lights remove odor-causing bacteria along with gross things like Staph, Salmonella, E. coli, flu & other common germs. Your cup is clean + safe to be used immediately or stored away for next month! 

UV Sterilizer

To use our sterilizer, be sure to wash your Pixie Cup and dry it completely. We recommend our Pixie Cup Wash, which is specifically formulated to gently wash your silicone menstrual cup. On top of that, the Pixie Cup Wash is pH balanced so that it doesn’t interrupt the vaginal flora! Sterilizing your menstrual cup regularly is key to keeping germs + bacteria away and infection at bay.

Do you have questions about UV sterilization? Comment below! We’d love to chat! Meanwhile, be sure to check out our store!

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The Pixie Cup Kit has everything you need ❤️

The Pixie Cup Kit has everything you need ❤️

Ah, freedom! You can almost feel the ocean waves lapping around your menstrual flowin’ body as you dive through the water in your WHITE swimsuit. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel like anything is possible at all times?

Reading the hundreds of reviews from girls who found period freedom through using a Pixie Cup can get you almost hitting that “checkout” button, but something is holding you back. You feel unprepared, and a little unsure! What if you need a different size cup? What if the cup isn’t as easy to insert as you thought it would be! What if you need to clean it someday? (THAT is definitely going to need to happen.)

Don’t worry, we have exactly what you need.

Introducing The Pixie Cup Kit!

Everything you need to make the switch to pixie menstrual cups

This Kit was designed to meet every period need that you might have! From cleaning to insertion, public bathrooms to home storage, heavy flow to those lighters days, we have you covered!

Here’s what is included:

The Pixie Cup, in TWO sizes! (with two super cute, storage bags included!)

We all have heavier period days and lighter period days… it’s nice to have a cup for both times! The Pixie Cup Combo Pack includes a Small cup and a Large cup, so you have the option to go with the flow!

Pixie Cup Wash

The Pixie Menstrual Cup Wash has an all-natural, refreshing citrus scent and is designed to keep stains and odors from your Pixie Cup. It is made from 100% all natural plant-based and organically sourced ingredients to protect the material on your silicone menstrual cup as well as leave your sensitive skin clean, soft and well nourished.

Pixie Cup Lube

This is one of the best-kept secrets of pro menstrual cup users! When your Pixie Cup is dry, this gentle, hypogenic lubricant makes insertion painless and gentle. The lube is water-based and fragrance-free, making it safe for your sensitive skin and ideal for everyone from beginner to experienced users.

Pixie Cup Cup

This “cup for your cup” has so many different uses! You can slip it inside your purse for quick cleaning in a public restroom, use it to boil water in the microwave for deep cleaning of your cup, or even just use it as an adorable storage accessory!

Pixie Cup Wipes

These handy little wipes are the perfect size to keep in your purse for public bathroom emergencies, or for cleaning at any time! They are cute, too, and they camouflage as a hand wipe so you don’t need to stuff them up your sleeve on a bathroom run! ????

Here’s the MOST exciting thing about the Pixie Cup Kit. It is the PERFECT gift for a friend who is just starting to consider using a Pixie Cup! Whether it is her birthday, Christmas, or just for fun, this kit will have her feeling prepared for her new journey in the menstrual cup world! She will always be so thankful that you gave her the encouragement to give period freedom a try.

What is your favorite item in the Pixie Cup Kit? Let us know in the comments!

Cleaning menstrual cups has never been easier!

Cleaning menstrual cups has never been easier!

Your Pixie Cup can become sparkling clean in just 3 minutes! We know, it sounds like an impossibility! But we have committed to providing you with the BEST period care on the market. Let us learn all about caring for and cleaning menstrual cups below!

Last October we shared our Pixie Cup sanitary secrets with you and today we are adding one more. The secret we have been keeping for a month now is your Pixie Cup‘s new best friend…. ???? meet the Pixie Cup Steamer! (You can view how it works here!)

Pixie Steamer works at effectively cleaning menstrual cups

Every month you are so excited to use your sparkling clean Pixie Cup! You go through your period with an extra light spirit, knowing that your cup is leak-free and you can do whatever-the-heck you want, even hot tub or swim!

THEN your period is gone and you no longer need to use your cup. You plan to stow it away neatly, Marie Kondo style, but first, it needs a deep clean.

Many menstrual cup users boil their cups in a pot on the stove but, as you may have found, your friends (or husband and kids????) might gag a little at the idea of eating food out of that pot again! You might have even found yourself sneaking out into the kitchen in the middle of the night to boil your cup in private!

Say goodbye to inconvenience… say hello to our Pixie Cup spa, the Steamer! Never has cleaning menstrual cups been easier! All you have to do is place your cup on the platform, close the lid, and push the (super cute) blue button! Whala! Your cup will be clean within three minutes!

We only have a limited quantity of steamers at this time so be sure to order yours soon! Happy spa day!

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