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Drugstore Dish: The DivaCup

diva-cupToday I wanted to switch things up a bit and share a way that you can save on feminine products at the drugstore by buying something that is not available at the drugstore. Confused yet? If you are male, you will definitely want to move on to another review. Might I recommend Excitebots Trick Racing or a Roku Digital Video Player instead of a feminine product discussion?

I had heard about the DivaCup a few years ago, but only recently decided to try this alternative to disposable feminine products. I have always tried other alternatives though and used Instead for many years, but did not like that the product was disposable. I am really kicking myself for not trying this DivaCup alternative sooner and I couldn’t wait to share it with my readers.

The DivaCup is made of soft medical grade silicone, which is latex-free, 100% hypoallergenic and odorless. It is a cup with a tip at the end that can be grasped for removal and is used instead of disposable products like disposable pads and tampons.

This cup is sturdy, but can be folded together for insertion. The package comes with instructions which offer a step-by-step process for insertion. What I have discovered is that it takes awhile to master how it should be inserted for it to work properly. After a few missteps along the way, I am seeing how unbelievably awesome this product is.

Once the cup is inserted, it catches everything eliminating the need for pads or tampons. Until you get the hang of it though, a pantyliner is a must because if it is not properly inserted, there can be some leakage. Even people who have heavy periods no longer have to worry about running to the bathroom all of the time because this lasts so much longer with effective results.

To clean the cup, you dump out what is inside and give it a rinse with hot water and mild soap. My worry was that I would be somewhere that this would not be convenient, but the beauty of this product is that it can be worn for (up to) 12 hours before you need to remove it. It can be worn to bed, it can be exercised in, you can even swim in it with no issues at all or bulky pads to wear or change.

Cleaning the DivaCup is very easy.  After each use, you should rinse it with mild soap and water. The company also recommends at the end of each cycle ,  to submerge the Diva Cup in an open pan of boiling water (continuous rolling boil) for twenty (20) minutes. Do not leave the boiling pot unattended and use enough water so that the pan does not boil dry. That’s it! You then store it in a small cloth bag that it comes with.

Here is who could benefit from this product:

- Anyone who has heavy periods. You may not be able to go twelve hours at a time, but I guarantee that you will go much longer than you would if you were wearing a pad or tampon.

- Anyone who is sensitive to feminine products. This product is latex-free, 100% hypoallergenic and odorless.

- Anyone who is trying to make an effort to be more green. This is so much better on the environment because there is nothing to throw away.

- Anyone who wants to save money. This small investment will recoup itself within a few months. They do recommend replacing this item once a year, due to government standards, but that is entirely up to you.

Have you tried any feminine product alternatives? Please share!



I am so excited to open our Drugstore up to everyone and I hope that you will be able to participate this week or in weeks to come! I will be posting this each Tuesday so please mark your calendars if you plan to participate. You can post your entries at any time throughout the week and then leave your entry in the links below.

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Giveaway Results- Healthy Homemaking: One Step At a TimeR

book-coverSorry, this giveaway is closed. We would like to congratulate our 5 winners from this contest- Commenter #35, 2, 22, 7, & 30 on winning this giveaway. These winners will be receiving this e-book shortly. We hope you will check back each Tuesday for another great giveaway!

My dear blogging friend, Stephanie Langford from Keeper of the Home, has come out with a wonderful new e-book called, “Healthy Homemaking: One Step At a Time” where she shares easy baby steps towards restoring the health of yourself and your home. This book shares a journey that you can be embarking on in a 52 week journey of baby steps to help you move towards more natural, nutritious and sustainable living. Who could not benefit from that?

I love this book because it truly starts with baby steps that make healthy & sustainable living both manageable and approachable.  Baby steps include ideas for repurposing what you already own, reducing waste, and how to cook really great brown rice. There are even more ambitious projects like making your own yogurt, improving your produce and meat choices, and giving your pantry a makeover.

Through it all, Stephanie’s sincerity and own beliefs about healthy & sustainable living pour through her words in a way that makes you want to jump up and take action.

Stephanie has graciously offered FIVE copies of her e-book for our readers. To enter, please leave a comment by Tuesday (05/19) at 8PM EST and tell me one healthy or sustainable thing you do that you are really proud of.  Our winners will be selected at random and please only one entry per person. Good luck, everyone!