How to clean and store a Menstrual Cup

We know that modern women lead busy lives and when it comes to your period, simple and stress-free is always best. You may already use tampons, but perhaps you didn’t know just how simple menstrual cups are.

In 3 easy-to-follow stages, we explain how to clean and store your cup during and after your period, for healthy, hygienic menstruation.

Clean while on your period

During menstruation wash your Ruby Cup with water each time you empty, before reinsertion. While on your period, there is no need to disinfect your cup between uses.

After emptying, wash your cup with warm water. Avoid fragranced soaps that may alter the pH of your vagina. Check our FAQs, for more information.

If this isn’t possible, or you are in a public bathroom then just rinse with bottled water, or wipe clean with tissue. Make sure to wash your cup with water at least once a day.


Disinfect at the end of your period

At the end of your period, your cup must be disinfected before storing each month. Rinse your cup, and immerse in a pan of water. Boil for 3 minutes. To prevent discoloration we have some additional advice in our FAQs, also linked below. If you don’t want to use a pot for disinfecting, you can use a Ruby Clean for boiling, in the microwave or oven.

Store during the month

After disinfecting, dry and store your cup, ready for next month. Your Ruby Cup comes with its own free cotton bag, made from hygienic, breathable material. Don’t store your cup in an airtight container, as it needs ventilation. Natural materials such as cotton are best.


Learn more

We have some more information about your Ruby Cup and you, as well as some interesting (and surprising) Ruby Cup benefits that you might like to know! Have a look and find out more:

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