How should I clean my Mooncup?

It is important to always wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling your Mooncup.

To clean your Mooncup during your period:

  • Wash with water, or mild, non-perfumed soap. Always rinse the Mooncup well with water after using soaps as any traces left on the Mooncup may cause irritation.
  • To clean your Mooncup in a public toilet see Public Toilets FAQ

  • To clean your Mooncup before first use and when you wish to clean it more thoroughly you can:

  • Boil it immersed in water for 5-7 minutes (in a pan put aside for this purpose)
  • Use sterilising solution/tablets. These are commonly used to sterilise baby equipment. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for dilution and soak for the minimum recommended time. Then rinse thoroughly with clean water.

  • Cleaning your Mooncup when travelling

  • When travelling ensure that you use drinking water to clean your Mooncup

  • Storing your Mooncup between periods

  • Dry your Mooncup thoroughly and store in the breathable cotton bag provided. Do not store in a plastic bag or sealed container.

  • Can I clean my Mooncup in the microwave?

    No. We do not recommend that you clean your Mooncup in a microwave as doing this may damage the material.

    Can I clean my Mooncup in the dishwasher?

    No. We do not recommend cleaning your Mooncup in a dishwasher, because the detergent may adversely affect the material and/or your vaginal flora.

    How do I remove staining on my Mooncup?

  • You can soak your Mooncup in sterilising solution/tablets, following the manufacturer’s guidelines for dilution and soaking for the minimum time.
  • You can use sodium bicarbonate. Just use a clean damp cloth or a toothbrush with plenty of sodium bicarbonate and rub it on to the stained area.

  • Once you have cleaned your Mooncup rinse it thoroughly with clean water.

    If your Mooncup has developed a strong odour, please take a look at our FAQ on Mooncup and Odour.

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    I use a MoonCup every month now. It's not without mess and sometimes I do fumble it, but it's vastly preferable to towels, washable or otherwise. It's something that takes practice, but it's worth it. It's tricky if you're using a loo that doesn't have the sink right there as I always rinse the cup before putting it back in - a wet cup is an awful lot easier to insert than a dry one, esp if rinsed under warm water. It's great to know though that you always have your sanpro with you during your period and can't be caught short, you don't have to remember to buy towels and I feel much fresher all through my period than I did with towels, even though I used washable ones for years. When I used tampons in my teens and 20s I would shed fibres all month between periods and that really bothered me. My only concern about a mooncup is how a young girl would manage it - I have a daughter who will be facing all this in the nest couple of years and I'm not sure a MoonCup would be right for her.
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