It’s important to keep your toys clean and bacteria free. Learn how best to clean sex toys depending on the materials. Remember to alway read package directions.
Many of us spend hundreds of dollars on sex toys, so we need to treat them right. Not only is it important for the longevity of the toy, but for your heath too. Did you know you can get a STI from sharing sex toys that are not properly cleaned! You can also get infection from poorly caring for your own sex toys.
Using toys anally or close to the anus, then vaginally can cause an infection. Therefore be sure to always clean them before and after each use to keep your body safe. Learn how to best clean sex toys based on materials here.
The way we should care for toys depends greatly on the type of material it’s made from. Some toys can be cleaned with simple soap and water. While others need a more vigorous cleaning using bleach, being boiled, a dedicated sex toy cleaner, or even placed in the dishwasher. I’ll break it down for you with specific instructions based on the toys material. Be sure to bookmark this page, as you’ll need to refer to it as your toy box grows!
Toys that are made of a high quality 100% medical grade silicone are easy to clean. They can be boiled, put in the dishwasher, or bleached! Make sure your toys doesn’t have an electrical component if placed in the dishwasher or boiled.
If your silicone toys in not 100% silicone or has an electrical component use a sex toy cleaner, you don’t want to damage the toy.
Glass is a great choice in sex toys, and is really easy to clean. Glass sex toys are made using an incredibly strong glass called Pyrex. This is the same glass you’ll find in labs and kitchens. The best way to clean glass sex toys is to use bleach solution (10% bleach to water), put it in the dishwasher, your favorite sex toy cleaner, or mild soap and warm water.
Both rubber and jelly sex toys are quite pours and can be a breading ground for bacteria. Using a toy cleaner specific to rubber or jelly is highly recommended, although not necessary. You can use any mild soap, or toy cleaner, but ensure it air dries completely before put away.
These sex toys are gaining in popularity, they are soft, heat with the touch and feel just like the real thing! Real skin sex toys can tear easily and are quite pores, making them a breading ground for bacteria. It’s imperative these toys are cleaned thoroughly after each use. Soap does work on these toys, but be absolutely certain you get in all the crevices. Use a mild soap, not to harm the “skin”. I would strongly recommend a spray to clean sex toys such as these, as it will get in all the hard to reach places. Follow the instructions on your particular bottle, but I would suggest leaving it for 3-5 minutes before rinsing it off to ensure it really gets in there.
Once you’re finished cleaning and thoroughly drying your real skin sex toy sprinkle some cyberskin powder or organic corn starch on it for storage. This will prevent it from becoming sticky! If you’re planning on using your toy again…and I’m sure you are, don’t use talcum powder, you don’t want that inside of you.
Gold, Silver, aluminum, and stainless steel are nonporous sex toys so they’re very easy to clean. Clean using a mild soap and water, bleach & water solution (10% bleach to water) or boil them. Ensure your toys are dried well before storage or they may rust.
Acrylic toys are best cleaned with soap and water, or your favorite sex toy cleaner.
Vinyl sex toys are not common, but if you have one clean it with mild soap and water or your favorite sex toy cleaner.