Short answer: Blood stains things.
Longer answer: Even though we use top tier, high quality, stain resistant materials, most cup users will notice cup staining or discoloration at some point. IT'S COMPLETELY NORMAL. Since your Bloody Buddy is in constant contact with menstrual blood when it sits in your vagina, it's gonna be affected by the iron in your blood that causes staining.
How quickly it happens varies based on blood iron levels and how you're rinsing your cup (rinsing with cold water helps prevent stains vs hot water that sets stains in).
Pro tip! Want a super simple way to skip the stains? Our black cups will never, ever look discolored.
But What Can I Do About Stains on My Bloody Buddy Cup??
Discoloration can't hurt you or change how your Bloody Buddy works but if you prefer using a cup that looks brand new, go ahead and give your cup some pampering every couple of months! Make it a little 1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts water soak and let it sit for a few hours.
Hydrogen peroxide (that isn't expired!) is great at removing blood stains because it reacts with an enzyme that breaks down many of things in blood that contributes to stains. SCIENCE IS COOL!
After you let it soak, give your cup a good rinse or pop it in a Bloody Buddy Cup Sterilizing Steamer Bag. Our steamer bags are a super easy, effective way to get your cup sterilized. We love them because they can be used up to 20 times, they store flat, and BONUS! steam kills bacteria better than boiling water.
Every Bloody Buddy Cup comes with its own cozy storage bag so after your cup has air-dried, just tuck that squeaky clean little buddy into its bag until you're ready to use it again.