Getting rid of the menstrual cup smell.

You know what really stinks?

Hopefully not your menstrual cup.

The truth is, if you use your cup at all, there is certainly a risk that you could end up with a stinky menstrual cup on your hands, and nobody wants that! Don’t worry, there are some awesome ways you can ensure your cup stays sparkling clean and smelling nice after years of use, and it’s really not that hard to do!

Are you ready to hear the secrets? Here we go!

Prevent/remove the smell with deep cleaning.

That’s right… it’s time to get cleaning! If you are worried about your cup starting to smell sometime in the distant future, make sure you keep your cup sparkling clean. We recommend deep cleaning and sanitizing your cup before and after each period, and giving your cup a quick rinse when you change it at least once a day! This will dramatically reduce the likelihood of unwelcome smells.

Use a naturally scented rinse every month or two.

Sometimes your cup needs a little more than soap and water to keep it smelling fresh! You can create an all natural DIY rinse for your cup like this one with just a few ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now!

Give it a good scrub.

Set aside a toothbrush that is designed just for your cup! After rinsing your cup under hot water, squirt some soap on the toothbrush and give your cup a good scrub! This is a great way to make sure all of the build-up that can catch in the grooves and airholes is removed. Follow up the scrub with a sanitizing steam and your cup will be as good as new!

One last note…

Keep in mind, if you are noticing a slight smell after using your cup for a few hours, that is normal for any period product! The only difference is, a tampon or a pad would probably smell much worse and that smell would transfer into your trash while a menstrual cup is easily cleaned and sanitized, while the waste is flushed away forever.

Have you experienced menstrual cup smell? How do you get rid of it with your cup? Share your tips with us!

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4 Comments

  1. Susan Marshall on July 28, 2019 at 5:22 am

    I’m a first time user of Pixie Cup and the smell is horrendous! I’ve boiled it multiple times, soaked in lemon juice, washed with a special vaginal cleanser, and it still reeks with the most unpleasant, pungent odor. What is going on??

    • Laura U. on July 30, 2019 at 10:27 am

      Hi Susan! I’m so sorry to hear that your cup is smelling, even after you clean it! One of our team members will be reaching out to you via email to make sure everything is taken care of. In the meantime, have you tried letting it soak in hot water with a silicone safe cleanser?

  2. Amy James on September 2, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    My cup stinks, too. I’ve boiled for an hour, soaked in vinegar, reboiled for 20 minutes… Then I used it and now it smells once again. Your article is full of links to other ways of cleaning. Why not just explain on one page so I don’t have to open several pages as I read every line looking for the solution??

    • Laura U. on September 4, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Amy! Thanks so much for your comment! We are so sorry to hear that your cup still has a strong smell. We have found that if a cup continues to smell, the issue may be that smell prevention – through boiling/steaming before and after each period and regular in-depth cleaning – was necessary at an earlier point in the cup’s life. Please email jillian@pixiecup.com and we will send you a new cup! Regarding this post, we wanted to use it as a resource to share other helpful blog posts with you and hope that it is useful in that sense. Have a fantastic day!

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