How to use a Menstrual Cup or Cloth Pads in a Public Restroom


One of the most common fears about ditching disposables is how you manage your period while out and about. Fortunately, using reusables in public is just as convenient! We asked our followers on Facebook to share their best advice for changing reusable menstrual products in a public restroom. Here are our favorite tips:

How to use a menstrual cup in a public restroom:

“I have a stash of gynecological wipes like at the OBGYN for cleaning yourself before giving a urine sample that I carry in my purse to just wipe out my cup thoroughly before reinserting. It makes it very simple, I don’t have to leave the stall!: – Veronica

“Use TP to absorb the fluid in a cup – if you just pour it in the toilet, it might take 3-4 flushes to get all the residue to disappear.” – Kristi

“For my cup, at home and in public, I have a small squeeze bottle that I fill with water and squirt it all over (into the toilet) to get all the major stuff off, then I wipe it with a clean paper towel (cause tp breaks apart too easily). Not as quick as a wet wipe, but much less money, less chemicals and about as much waste.” – Shannon

“Have never experienced this because with the cup I only change it twice a day, morning and night. Once when I wake up and once when I go to bed.” – Kaylin

How to change cloth padsΒ in a public restroom:

“I just take my purse or backpack (whichever I am carrying) with me. I have a little pouch for my pads in it; clean pads on one side and dirty pads on the other.” – Kitra

“Wet bag with clean pads inside with a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide inside my purse. Take the dirty pad off, squirt it with hydrogen peroxide, fold it, snap it and put in the wet bag. Rinse and soak when home.” – Jocelyn

“For cloth pads, I have a make up bag to put my soiled pads in and another color make up bag for clean ones.” – Nicole

Share your tips in the comments!

  • LudicrousMama

    Since I have a difficult time pulling the cup out with my fingers (too slippery,) I use a square of toilet paper to help get a good grip. Then I can use that same square to catch any danglies, and toss it in the toilet. If I pour the cup out on top of the TP, it doesn’t sink to the bottom and stain the bowl. Three problems solved with just 1-2 squares of TP!

  • yardwolf

    I use cloth pads. I actually prefer to wash myself when I change them (and generally, when I use the toilet), and this is not hard to do when I visit a public restroom. I take either a couple layers of paper towel, or a wad of TP if towels are unavailable, and soak it in hot water. I wring it out so it is just damp. In the toilet stall, I hang up my purse, lean over the toilet and clean myself, then flush the paper. I use a wet / dry bag (from GladRags) to store the used pad and retrieve a clean one. Voila.

    I have a similar routine at home, but I use a dark-dyed washcloth to clean myself. I wash it by hand with Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap (almond with hemp oil, this time; it was on sale), wring it out, and hang it to dry for the next use. Soiled pads get washed with the same soap before they go into the soaking bucket.

    I am working up to replacing toilet paper with washable cloths, eventually. Imagine how much healthier it would be, environmentally and personally, if we all used washables at home, and disposables only in public restrooms! (It’s a big dream, I know.)

    • Dream big! πŸ™‚ That’s awesome.

  • Deborah

    I have a cute double sided wet bag (one side for clean and the other for used) It almost looks like a make up bag. Great for those who might be self conscious, very discreet. My Diva Cup can easily be stored in this bag too since I have a cute little pouch for my cup πŸ™‚

    My cup is very easy to deal with in public washrooms. I simply wash my hands before I go into the stall. I will wet some paper if there in paper to dry available to dry hands. If not, it’s not big deal πŸ™‚

    Remove cup and wipe out with TP. Reinsert like normal. I normally don’t get any blood on my hands but, if I do it’s really not a problem. Simply wipe my hands with the wet paper towel or TP.

    Wash hands at sink. Wash my Diva Cup with Diva Wash when I get home πŸ™‚

    • Great tips! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • Deborah


        You’re welcome and thanks πŸ™‚

        Cloth pads and cups are a life changer.