I'm planning on getting a Diva cup and wondering how I need to clean it. Do I need to buy that special Diva Cup cleaning wash?
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cleaning the Diva Cup
I've had mine 13 years (well, i've had 3 in that time, a keeper which i eventually became allergic to, a diva cup that wasn't rubber and now a mooncup for my post-baby-ness) and do similar. They really don't take much cleaning.
I'm about to order my first Diva Cup and had a washing question. I was looking at the diva cup website, getting tips on using, and read a long list of things not to use to wash. It said to only use a mild unscented water based oil free soap. My sister says she just uses a castille soap but I read that could damage the silicone. Where can I find a water based soap? Or is their long list of "do not use this" just covering their own butt's? Has anyone had issues with just washing them with a mild soap? Thanks?
Naturalmama4 - castille soap could potential damage the silicone over time. However, I've never met a single woman who has had issues with silicone degradation due to castille soap usage. I'd say if you are rinsing the soap off thoroughly and keep an eye out for any signs of damage (and replace the cup immediately if damaged) you'll be fine. I usually just wash my silicone cup with whatever hand soap I have around (including Dr. Bronner's).
Hope that helps!
I've had the same Dva Cup since 2004 and I've gone from boiling it before and after each AF to just using hot water and Bronner's Baby Mild before, during, and after. WE have really hard water and the iron has turned it an ugly orange, but it's otherwise perfect. I'm tempted to get one of the new pretty colored ones but the whole point of getting it in the first place was to reduce cunsumption so I'm holding off until it either cracks or we hit the 15yr mark.
I noticed a lot of changes to the Dos and Don'ts after the FDA stuck their noses in a few years back. Don't stress too much about it, hot water and castile soap have worked fine for me.
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