Care & Cleaning
- My First SckoonCup.
- How to Choose?
- How to Use?
- How to Clean & Care?
- SckoonCup vs. Others.
- Health Tips!
- Safety Tips!
SckoonCup Beginners Ultimate Starter Guide
Care & Cleaning
- How do I know when to empty SckoonCup?
We recommend you empty it 2-3 times per day, leaving it in no more than twelve hours without emptying it. At first, you may want to empty it more often so you can monitor your flow. SckoonCup Size 1 holds 23ml, just under an ounce. Most women are surprised to find out that their entire average monthly flow is only about 1 to 1.4 ounces. Because of the unique, angled design of SckoonCup’s suction holes, it may appear smaller than other cups, but actually has a large capacity.
- How often should I empty SckoonCup?
You will need to empty your SckoonCup every 8-12 hours, depending on your menstrual flow, and after a nights' sleep. Because SckoonCup can hold two and half to four times more than regular tampons, it will improve your worry-free quality time drastically.
- Can I use a lubricant to insert SckoonCup?
Some lubricants, such as oil-based lubricant, can be damaging to the silicone, so we recommend using only water-based as a lubricant. Otherwise, the silicone may be compromised and may ruin the cup.
- How do I clean the suction holes?
Because the suction holes of SckoonCup are fabricated during the molding process, the opening of the holes are curved toward the inside and outside of the cup walls. Other brands’ holes are punched through with pins after the cup is molded, which may seem easier to clean, but does not provide the excellent seal that SckoonCup does. Keeping the suction holes clean is very importance. They create the seal that secures the cup in place. If the holes need extra cleaning, we suggest that you fill the cup with warm water, use the palm of your hand to seal it, and gently squeeze the cup so water goes through the holes. Alternatively, try soaking your SckoonCup in a little warm water and rinsing thoroughly. You can use a soft toothbrush or a wooden toothpick, too, but avoid using a metal pin, as it may damage your menstrual cup. Can I use vinegar, bleach, rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to soak SckoonCup? No, please do not use vinegar, bleach, rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as these will damage the silicone.
- Can I use vinegar, bleach, rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to soak SckoonCup?
No, please do not use vinegar, bleach, rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as these will damage the silicone.
- Can I remove the natural staining occurred over the years with SckoonCup?
To remove the staining, soak SckoonCup in diluted sterilizing fluid (used for sterilizing baby equipment and available at pharmacies), follow the manufacturer’s dilution guidelines, and soak for the minimum recommended time, then rinse thoroughly with clean water.
- Can I empty my SckoonCup in public toilets?
You can use your SckoonCup in public toilets. Wash your hands at the sink and take a bottle of water into the toilet cubicle with you. After removing the cup, tip the contents into the toilet bowl, rinse with a small amount of water (If you have not got a bottle of water, then wipe SckoonCup with clean toilet paper) and re-insert. Some women bring a moistened tissue into the stall with them for this purpose. Others prefer to keep some hygiene wipes or a small bottle of water/cleaning solution in their handbag. Remember, because SckoonCup collects more menstrual blood than conventional sanitary protection such as tampons and disposable pads, you will not have to empty it as often as you would need to change tampons or pads
- What if I don’t have access to a mild and scent-free soap to clean my SckoonCup?
If you're away from home and don’t have access to a mild and scent -free soap, you may simply rinse SckoonCup with water, or give it a wipe with toilet tissue. Save the cleaning for when you're back home. Perfumed soaps with unfavorable pH values often leave a harsh residue on SckoonCup. This residue can disturb the mucous membrane of the vagina and may cause irritation.
- How should I boil my SckoonCup?
At the end of each cycle, boil SckoonCup after you’ve washed and rinsed it. Put it in an open pan of boiling water to cover the cup and boil for five to ten (5-10) minutes. Do not leave the boiling pot unattended and use enough water so that the pan does not boil dry.
- Can I store SckoonCup in a Ziploc bag or plastic container?
No, we don’t recommend storing SckoonCup in plastic “Ziploc type” bags or other plastic containers. It’s impossible for moisture to evaporate when using plastic storage. Once your SckoonCup is completely dry, store it in the Sckoon organic cotton bag that it comes with, which allows flow.
- What is the stem of SckoonCup for? How do I know if I should trim the stem or not?
The stem is simply to help you reach the bottom of the cup, and shouldn’t be used for actual removal. Never pull on the stem to remove because it may hurt and also make a mess. To remove your SckoonCup, gently squeeze the bottom of the cup itself to release the suction. See details at removal and reuse The stem of the menstrual cup should not protrude from the vulva. If it does every time you wear a menstrual cup and it causes irritation or discomfort, then you may want to consider trimming it (but don’t cut it off completely).
- Can I use SckoonCup while traveling in developing countries?
Yes, please make sure that you use potable water or bottled (drinkable) water for cleaning SckoonCup to avoid infection.
- Can I use a dishwasher to clean my SckoonCup?
The chemicals used in dishwasher detergents are harsh and may leave residue on the cup, which can cause serious irritation to your mucous membranes. The best way to wash your cup is with unscented mild soap with warm water.
The carry bag is made of 100% organic cotton (how do we know? It’s because that’s what Sckoon has been doing for over 10 years, offering the best organic cotton for babies, women and pets!) and can be hand washed or washed in the washing machine on the warm water cycle.