Which one is better, steaming or boiling your menstrual cup? It really comes down which one is more convenient for you. Not sure which one you prefer? Keep reading!

First, we want to start out by telling you a little about menstrual cup cleaning. It’s so important to keep your Pixie Cup sparkling clean at all times because your vaginal canal is one of the most sensitive parts of the body.

There are two different things you should do each cycle to keep your menstrual cup clean.

1. Cleaning

Cleaning is a quick clean or rinse (here’s a DIY recipe for a quick and easy menstrual cup rinse) of your cup when you empty it. Once a day you should wash your cup with soap and water, and each time you empty your cup you should wipe it out with a Pixie Wipe or give it a quick rinse under warm water. Cleaning can be a little challenging in a public restroom, so we have a separate blog post about that.

2. Sanitizing

Sanitizing is completely different than cleaning, but equally important! Before and after each cycle – both when you get your menstrual cup out for your period and when you put it away again – you need to make sure all bacteria is removed from your cup. This keeps your cup clean and stain free.

There are two different ways you can sanitize your cup. You guessed it… you can choose between steaming and boiling.


Pixie Cup Sterilizing Steamer

Steaming is a relatively new option for menstrual cups! While it has been used for quite some time now to sterilize other silicone products, it is new to the menstrual cup world!

Steaming is a hassle-free way to remove 99.9% of germs from your Pixie Cup. We sell this adorable steamer on our website and on Amazon!


Boiling is a more traditional method for menstrual cup sterilizing. There are several different ways you can boil your cup.

First, you can simply put a pot of water on the stove to boil and then use a fork or whisk to contain your cup and lower it into the boiling water for several minutes.

If the thought of using kitchen utensils to sterilize your cup bothers you, we offer another alternative called the Pixie Cup Cup.

This cute little container is microwave safe so all you have to do is fill it with water – not too full or else it could boil over – and put it in the microwave! When the water has reached a boiling point, drop your cup in the container, making sure it is submerged, cover it, and leave it for a few minutes. Your cup will emerge sparkling clean and germ-free!

These are just three different ways that we recommend to sterilize your cup! Do you have any tips on boiling or steaming? How have they worked for you?

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