1How to Clean Your Lunette
Apr 07, 2015    35 Comments

For us gals who use Lunette cups, keeping it clean is the most important thing. After all, the cup is going into our bodies. Although some believe that reusable does not equal clean (they´re wrong), we should all remember that even disposable products are not completely sterile.

With proper care and a quick clean, your Lunette cup will be ready to serve you for another reuse.

First use

Wash your hands and clean the Lunette cup by washing with water and a mild liquid soap free of coloring agents and parfumes. Then boil it in a large amount of water for 20 minutes before first use. Make sure that there is enough water so that the cup does not burn on the bottom. TIP: Place the cup in a wire whisk to prevent contact with the bottom of the pan during boiling.

For day-to-day cleaning

We of course recommend our Feelbetter Liquid Wash that is designed for washing a silicone cup. But you can also use some other liquid soap that is fragrance-free, oil-free and has a mild to acidic pH (between 3,5 and 5,5). Just be sure it does not contain oils, since they can stick to the cup and create a film that could irritate the body. Do NOT use washing up liquid or wash your cup in the dishwasher! THAT is a definite no no!

To disinfect the cup after your cycle so it is ready for the next time: with our Cupwipes, or wipe down with rubbing alcohol (alcohol denat.). Lunette can be boiled for a few minutes in a clean pan and some gals I know use those microwave containers for sterilizing baby nappies. Just remember to keep the cup submerged in water so that it doesn´t burn or get cooked. This happens all the time! That's why I think using alcohol is the best option. It is easier & quicker - not to mention accident-free.

To get rid of lingering odor

Set in sunshine for a day. The odor thing happens for some people, our scent and sense of smell is different. Mine has never had an odor but we get this question from time to time. Also, lemon juice: Just squeeze a lemon and wipe the cup with or soak in. Works!

***The best way to get rid of stains***

The best way to get rid of stains is to soak in 3% Hydrogen peroxide. The kind you get at the grocery store in USA. After a soak, it will make the cup look like brand new. Or so I hear. This tip is from an American colleague, haven´t tested myself. If you want a more natural alternative, try spirit vinegar. And lemon juice works for stains too.

Cleaning the airholes

Fill the cup with water, place your palm on it, turn upside down and squeeze. When the water squirts out through the airholes, they are instantly cleaned! Also you can use a blunt toothpick soaked in rubbing alcohol. Or a toothbrush dedicated to this purpose. Do not use sharp items on your cup, like needles and such. They will do more damage than good.

Saving the best for last

Always wash your hands! Hands can be full of germs that can travel from your cup to your vagina. So hand hygiene is vital. If nothing else, remember that!  

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(35) Comments

Kelsey

Jun 23, 2015 AT 05:50 AM

You guys suggest cleaning it with rubbing alcohol but isn't that bad for your vagina?


Lunette team

Jun 23, 2015 AT 09:25 AM

Hi Kelsey!
You shouldn't put the cup back in when it's still wet. Let the rubbing alcohol dry and then use the cup. That way it won't hurt your vagina.


Chardon

Jul 02, 2015 AT 20:30 PM

Is dr. bronner baby unscented pure castile liquid soap a good soap to clean the lunette with?


Chardon

Jul 02, 2015 AT 20:57 PM

Is Dr. Bronner's Uncented baby-mild pure castile soap good to use to clean the lunette?


Cassie

Jul 14, 2015 AT 07:51 AM

Can I use Dove Sensitive soap to clean my cup with?


Lunette team

Jul 14, 2015 AT 10:07 AM

Hey all!
We recommend using Lunette Feelbetter wash with Lunette cups and with other soaps we can't unfortunately say anything for sure. We don't know the ingredients of all brands so please just check that the soap is mild, fragrance-free and doesn't contain oils. If you notice any burning or itching feeling stop using the soap and clean your cup with rubbing alcohol properly.


Kristina

Aug 07, 2015 AT 22:41 PM

I have a lunette and a diva cup. Is it okay that I use the diva wash for both cups?


Lunette team

Aug 07, 2015 AT 22:58 PM

Hi Kristina!
Unfortunately we don't know exact ingredients of Divawash but since it's made for silicone menstrual cup it should be totally safe to use with Lunette cups too.


Luciana

Sep 15, 2015 AT 09:47 AM

Hi, there. Is it OK to use those microwave sterilizer bags to sterilize my Lunette? I was just wondering, cause we use only 60ml of water and the cup is not under water...


Lunette Team

Sep 17, 2015 AT 14:23 PM

Hi Luciana, in theory I would say that Lunette can be sterilized with that kind of bag which is intended for silicone pacifiers and teats. The bag creates steam that sanitizes, right? But these sterilizing bags have not been tested with our cups so I cannot say for sure. Usually we recommend that the cup is fully submerged in water when boiled in a microwave.


Donna

Sep 23, 2015 AT 23:55 PM

Hi I'm wondering can I wash my cup in Milton after my cycle or do I need to boil it again?? Or is it as simple as using the Lynette feel better wash letting it dry and putting it in the bag until next month? Sorry this is all new to me and I want to make sure that I'm cleaning my cup correctly :) Thanks Donna


Donna

Sep 24, 2015 AT 00:08 AM

Hi, I'm wondering if I can clean my cup with Milton at the end of my cycle? Or do I just use the feelbetter wash and pop it bag in the bag for next month? Sorry I'm new to this and I want to make sure that I'm cleaning my cup correctly. Thanks Donna :)


Lunette Team

Sep 24, 2015 AT 13:08 PM

Hi Donna! Feel free to ask as much as you want! We recomment to clean it with our cleanser because it is the most optimal for Lunette cup. You can wash your cup with it during the period and then at the end of the cycle and then store the cup in its bag. Next month just wash it again before first use and you are good to go :) You can boil it too if you want but it is not necessary. If you want to boil it just make sure the water boils for 20 minutes to kill all the bacteria. Our cup wipes sterilizes 100% and are super easy to use. Just make sure the cup is dry when you put it back in.

The reason we always recomment our own cleaning products is that we have tested it with our cups and are one hundred procent sure they don't harm you or your cup.

Hope this helped you!

-Meri_lunette


Linda

Dec 29, 2015 AT 12:50 PM

Hi, I was wondering if it's okay to sanitize my cup, at the end of my cycle, in Milton sterilizing tablets, which are used to sanitize baby's pacifiers. Also, can I use feminine wash to clean it? I've read somewhere before that it's okay if it's feminine wash since it's designed to use on the genitals, but I just wanted to check to make sure.

Thanks!


Lunette Team

Dec 29, 2015 AT 18:24 PM

Hi Linda!

We cannot promise 100% that Milton tablets sterilize the cup perfectly. They don't seem to do a huge harm, but unfortunately we can't promise anything sure because we haven't tested them :/

It depends on a lot what kind of a feminine wash you are using. If it contains oils it is super bad for the cup. The best wash for Lunette cup is a Lunette cup cleanser. It is super plentiful so you can use one bottle even for few years!

-Meri


Kathryn

Dec 31, 2015 AT 17:12 PM

Hi! I was wondering if it's okay to just rinse my cup with water every time I take it out and then reinsert it, and then boil it at the end of each cycle to sterilize it? Is that hygienic enough or do I NEED to use a mild soap to clean it as well? Have a happy new year!


kyra

Jan 02, 2016 AT 15:18 PM

Hi there iv just recently bought this cup and i was just wondering instead of boiling my cup for 20minutes in a pan before use and to sterilise it after use i was wondering if i would be able to just submerge it in boiled water straight from the kettle in a air tight container for the 20 minutes instead?
Thanks Kyra


Lunette Team

Jan 04, 2016 AT 14:19 PM

Hi Kathryn!

It's fine just rinse it if you put it straightaway back in. Just make sure you sterilize it properly afterwards :)

-Meri


Team Lunette

Jan 04, 2016 AT 14:34 PM

Hi Kyra!

Unfortunately we cannot promise that will work the same way.

-Meri


marisa

Jan 29, 2016 AT 11:14 AM

I'm interested to know if women generally use a pot specifically for boiling their cup in that is not used for cooking food? would that be unhygienic?


Lunette Team

Feb 03, 2016 AT 11:02 AM

Hi Marisa!

Some like to have their own pot just for boiling the cup, but it is 100% safe to use the same pot that you cook with. Just remember to clean it properly :)


Gabi

Feb 10, 2016 AT 12:38 PM

Hi! I-ve just got my lunette! But I'm in the outback now so I have no access to any good store like the one I got my cup from or even a good pharmacy. So I can't get any soap which is not the common soaps with fragrance on them. Reading the comments you said its ok to wash the cup with a rinse with water as long as you put it back. Here I have rain water (which is the one I drink) or water with lots of minerals, which I use for washing. Which one should I use?

In the case I don't use the cup straight away but the next day, is it ok to use the alcohol? should I use a sterile gauze to put the alcohol on and then rub it to the cup? Afterwards do I put it back in the little container? Should I do the same (with alcohol? or boiling water?) before using it again the next day?

Should I wash the little container the first time after I sanitize the cup?

Thanks a lot!


Lunette Team

Feb 16, 2016 AT 11:59 AM

Hi Gabi!

Just rinsing the cup is okey but if there is a big time gap between that and the next use, I'd recommend boiling the cup before the next use. And use the rainwater if possible.

Alcohol is fine as long as it is pure alcohol. For example wound sanitizing liquid is good but disinfectant for hands is absolutely no-go. With alcohol, it is enough just to rub it carefully, you don't deep to soak the cup in it. Our Lunette cupwipes is a good example of a handy use of alcohol :)

All in all you are totally good to go just with clean water and decent access to boiling conditions! :)

-Meri


Jenny

Feb 22, 2016 AT 12:33 PM

Hi, Ive recently bought a Lunette cup and I'm absolutely in love with it. But my problem is that I didnt read the direction for first time using, so I didnt know that we have to boil it for 20mins first time using it. I just boiled it for about 5mins because I was scare that I burn it :( and now that I know abt that, I'm very concern that it may cause harm to my body


Lunette Team

Feb 23, 2016 AT 12:07 PM

Hi Jenny!

If you didn't get any rash or it didn't cause itchiness, you're fine :) The most important thing is to disinfect the cup by boiling for 10 minutes or using our cup wipes (they are made of alcohol and water) before the every first use of the period. During the period you don't need to disinfect it every time you empty it.

-Meri


Kara

Apr 16, 2016 AT 19:56 PM

Hi - I was wondering if steaming the cup in a bamboo steamer for 10minutes is a good way to clean and disinfect it?


Lunette Team

Apr 18, 2016 AT 11:43 AM

Hi Kara!

It is a very good way! :)

-Meri


Irene

Apr 21, 2016 AT 23:04 PM

Hi, I don't like to use the cup overnight and I was wondering if I need to sterilize the cup again before I use it again next morning or if it is ok to just wash it well? Thank you.


Lunette Team

Apr 22, 2016 AT 10:25 AM

Hi Irene!

It's ok just wash it well :)

-Meri


Tania

Jul 03, 2016 AT 14:45 PM

Greetings! I am about to use the cup for the first time and trying to find a good soap to give it a first wash. Looked into the one you recommend here, Feelbetter Cup Cleanser and noticed it has this in its description: "Scented with lemon and eucalyptus oil for their purifying properties." Didn't you mention earlier that the cup should be washed with oil-free soap?

Thanks!


Lunette Team

Jul 05, 2016 AT 12:11 PM

Hi Tania!

There is a very small amount of essential oils in the Feelbetter Cup Cleanser and they won't harm the cup :)

-Meri


Emily

Jul 31, 2016 AT 10:16 AM

Hey there! I have a cup that I used once for my last period. I did everything correctly, from the boiling to the washing. I stored the cup in the little bag it came with. Now my period should be coming on and I went to check my cup and there was a white, almost dust-like film on the cup. Is this normal and is the cup still safe to use?


Lunette Team

Aug 01, 2016 AT 16:10 PM

Hi Emily!

The dust comes from the water. Wash the cup with Lunette Feelbetter cupwash and you're good to go! :)


Jane

Aug 11, 2016 AT 11:29 AM

Hi,
I'm hoping to use the wipes to disinfect my cup in between cycles, but I can't clean the air holes with the wipes. Is it enough to wipe around it or should I boil the cup? Thank you!


Lunette Team

Aug 11, 2016 AT 13:09 PM

Hi Jane!

Roll the corner of the wipe between your forefinger and thumb to get a tight and small "stick" out of it. Stick one corner through one hole, there are conveniently four corners in the wipe and four holes in the cup :)

-Meri

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