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How to Clean your Diva Cup

A while back I wrote about using the Diva Cup and why I like it and some other stuff about it.

After a while, you’ll notice your cup turns a little brown from the constant staining. And those holes…ewww, the buildup gets pretty gross. Well, you’ll never really get it to look brand new again, but you can get pretty close.

The website offers some tips on care and cleaning.

 

They say boil it under supervision. They say use toothpicks to get into those holes.

I say, “Eww, boiling my menstrual cup in a pot I cook with is gross.” And the toothpicks didn’t do a good job.

What did work for me. Baking soda and vinegar. Used to clean silicone baking dishes with so it’s safe for your cup – is there anything baking soda and vinegar can’t do?

Ahhh, and for the holes…I almost don’t wanna tell you. It’s genius. These babies:

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Those sample brushes that you get from your dentist for braces, even though you don’t have braces. Maybe he’s trying to tell you that you need them.

Well, Mr. Dentist…I say screw your skewed perception of beauty in relation to straight teeth! I’ll happily use them for my Diva Cup!

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Roomba Review for Dog Shedding

At some point in our lives, we decided to adopt a polar bear. We knew a wild polar bear wouldn’t do well in the city, so we opted for one of those Goldars (a golden retriever crossed with a polar bear).

Soon, this little bear cub…

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…became this…20140711_223051I stayed the same sized in the photographs for your ease of reference.

Little did we know, she would shed so much. Then while I was away on one of my trips, the chore of vacuuming fell on my fiancé, and he decided enough with the vacuuming and bought a Roomba to keep our bear’s shedding under control.

Verdict? It works well! We use it for day-to-day maintenance – just turn it on and let it do its thing. We still have to do a deep vacuum once a week (or once every two weeks) to get to some of the places it just can’t go, like stairs and certain rugs, but for the most part, we highly recommend it!

If you own a bear, get one: http://store.irobot.com/irobot-roomba-770/product.jsp?productId=11305110

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The transition, tips and the downside for using the Diva Cup [Part 2 of 2]

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So if you’ve finished reading about why I like the Diva Cup and made it this far, you must really be considering this Diva Cup thing or maybe you tried it, didn’t like it but would like to give it another chance and figure out a way to like it.  Okay, now let’s talk more yucky stuff to scare the boys away!

The Transition Phase

When I started on the Diva Cup, I was afraid. It felt different, I felt like it would burst and I would be in a publicly humiliating situation. So I wore it mostly when I was home, weekends to get comfortable with having just a cup. I wore pantyliners as a preventative measure and it was a good thing I did, because it leaked and leaked. When I cleaned it, it had fluids in it, so maybe I wasn’t built the same way other people are built. Maybe? I was wrong. The only reason it leaked as much as it did was the way I was wearing it. I did everything it told me to, I even angled it the way they said which is more horizontally than vertically (counterintuitive to tampon users), so what was wrong? Through trial and error, I figured out my own angles of my insides and made the adjustments till it worked, and now it pretty much never leaks (we’ll talk about when it does in a moment). So, be patient with yourself, if you give up, try and try again – the feeling of a freedom is worth it. You can dance like they do in tampon commercials, without the tampons.

Tips

Emptying at Home

The most tedious thing about using the Diva Cup is the emptying. You can wear them up to 12 hours, and for me, it works to empty it before I leave for work and when I get home. Still, it gets a little messy, so what I do is I empty in the shower and clean up at the same time. So during my periods, I take two showers a day, one which is really short (less than 5 mins) specifically to empty, clean and go. I find it’s pretty relaxing and refreshing. You can clean it with any antibacterial soap to get the guck out of those pinhole things, I use an old toothbrush.

Emptying in Public Places

One time, I was in a rush forgot to empty mine before I left for work and it was a mess. A lot of toilet paper and soap later, and luckily no witnesses, I have learned my lesson. It’s easy to forget to empty because it’s so comfortable that you can wear it past its allotted time. But you’ll know when it’s full because you’ll feel slight pressure, like you need to pee. So what if you forget, or if you have heavy flows and 2 emptyings just isn’t enough? Here are some options for public washrooms.

Option 1 : The least expensive option but the most tedious. Diva Cup provides you with a little satchel when you purchase one, so you can keep a rubber glove in your purse and when you’re in the bathroom use that glove to empty and then pull down the sleeves over the cup to wrap it up and when no one’s around, wash the thing and return it to its rightful place. Folded toilet paper works as a temporary preventative measure if you’re afraid of leakage during the walk to the sink.

Option 2: Otherwise, you can also do a the half-and-half method, which is wrap it away until you can wash it privately and use a tampon for time being.

Option 3:  The best solution is if you have the money, get a spare, and then empty and wrap the used cup in a ziplock bag and tuck it in that satchel until you can wash it privately and use a clean one in the meantime.

Trimming the Tip

I found that the pointy tip of my Diva Cup stuck out too much and caused discomfort, so I trimmed it down with some scissors and it’s much more comfortable now. I don’t know why feminine hygiene companies do that. It’s the same with tampons, the string is extremely long. How deep do they think our vajajays go?

Half-and-half Techniques

I don’t exclusively use the Diva Cup all the time. Sometimes, when it calls for it, I just use a tampon. For example, I know I’m going somewhere after work and won’t be home in time to empty, I’ll just bring a few tampons instead of wearing the cup. An interesting fact if you’re a swimmer, you’ll know that tampons tend to get soaked and you need to change them when you exit the pool, but the diva cup holds it’s own works as a barrier, so you don’t have to do anything. So if you’re going to the water during that time of month, wear a cup instead. So keep some tampons/pads at home just in case you need to use them, or use them interchangeably with the cup if that works better for you.

The Downside

There’s a downside? Yeah, a few actually, and sadly that’s like everything in life, except for bananas. There is no downside to bananas.

1) A lot of girls don’t like dealing with the fluids and cleaning the thing. Now this is usually a problem with younger women with no kids because if you had kids, this is probably a breeze, because kids force you to do way grosser things. Even though I don’t have kids yet, I grew up working at my dad’s clinic back home and sometimes if the patient agrees, he lets me sit in and observe him doing minor surgeries, like stitches and dressing changes, etc. This exposed me to a lot of blood and I’m pretty desensitized to it. Why am I telling you this? Because if you do it enough, you’ll get desensitize too. And it will make you stronger.

2) It still leaks goshdarnit. Yes, no matter how masterly skilled you are at angles, once in a while you’ll just plop it in and it’s not quite the best angle, so it leaks. The solution is that on your heavier days (mine seems to be the second day), use a panty liner just in case.

And that’s pretty much all i can think of for the downside of the Diva Cup. So try it, and if doesn’t work out the first time, try it a couple more times and see.