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Cleaning menstrual cup and cloth pads

4 July, 2014

Question:

I have two questions regarding the use of a menstrual cup and cloth pads.

1. Would boiling a silicone menstrual cup to sanitize it affect the kashrut status of the pot used to boil it?

2. If one uses a large container to soak⁄store used menstrual pads, would this affect the kashrut status of the container if one wanted to later use it for food (after lots of sanitization, of course)?


Answer:

1. So long as the cup at no point sits with blood in it for a full 24 hours (you should rinse it out each time you remove it), and is cleaned thoroughly before heating the cooking water, there is no kashrut issue with using a cooking pot for this purpose.

2. Since long-term soaking can have a halachic status akin to cooking, such a container should not be used for food.


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