Six Ways To Remove Menstrual Cup Smell

Menstruators can get quite hung up about smelling during their periods. It’s perfectly natural for there to be some slight odor but if you’re concerned about a strong smell do go and see your doctor. The good news is that if you think the funky smell is coming from your period cup, there are things you can do about it.

How to keep your period cup fresh

It can be a good idea to boil your cup for 20 minutes before and after your period, for the cleanliness of your cup and the health of your vagina. Make sure you use a deep pot to boil your menstrual cup otherwise you will risk burning or warping your menstrual care device. Check out full details on ‘How to clean’.

Alternatively, use liquid soaps or cup wipes that have been specifically formulated for menstrual cups. These washes are designed to clean the cup properly without leaving any residue. Avoid any that include oils, colorants or scents as they may leave chemicals on the cup. Some ingredients also harm the silicone material. A normal vaginal pH level is between 3.8 and 4.5, which is moderately acidic. Look for cleansing products that have a similar PH balance.

Never, ever put your period cup in the dishwasher!

There are some alternatives that you can use, if you don’t have cup wipes or a proper liquid wash at hand.

Wipe thoroughly or soak your menstrual cup for an hour with vinegar. Pro tip: You can also use a toothpick soaked in rubbing alcohol to clean out your menstrual cup holes. Boil your cup AGAIN for 20 minutes and allow your cup to air dry in the sun completely before use. Leaving the cup to soak in the sun helps with discoloration or smells – but it’s not always the most practical solution!

Or, you can make a solution of half water and half vinegar and soak your menstrual cup for an hour. You already know what to do next! We'll give you a hint: boil your cup for 20 minutes!


Hi, Jaime! We’re thrilled you’ve joined the Lunette Cup life! The essential oils aren’t exactly the same as other oils, such as coconut oil for example, and Feelbetter Cup Cleanser includes them only in a very small amount. Our cleanser has also been formulated specifically for use with medical grade silicone. When the cup is rinsed properly, it won’t leave residues. When it comes to artificial fragrances, these are created with harsh chemicals that can harm your pH balance and the cup. Don’t hesitate to reach out at is there is anything else we can help with! :)
-Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 01, 2020

Hi, I’m very new to the idea of menstrual cups but thought I’d give them a go; I received my Lunette cup, cleansing liquid and on the go wipes today after ordering from amazon and have just been reading up on your website.
I’m a little confused after reading the ‘how to keep your cup fresh section’ as it states…
”Avoid any that include oils, colorants or scents as they may leave chemicals on the cup. Some ingredients also harm the silicone material.”
When talking about cleansing liquids but the liquid I’ve bought made by Lunette says it’s scented with lemon and eucalyptus.
I am wondering why there are two conflicting pieces of information about the same product from the manufacturer and whether its safe to use?

Jaime May 01, 2020

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