The best way for your preteen or teen to keep their vagina and vulva clean is to wash the Labia Majora (outer lips) and the outer portions of the Labia Minora (inner lips) with water alone or a mild cleanser as needed when they’re in the bathtub or shower.

Remind your preteen or teen to never put soaps or other cleaners in between the labia minora or up inside their vagina, also known as douching! This can mess with the balance of healthy bacteria inside. Their vagina cleans itself automatically, so just let it do its thing!