How to Keeping your Sex Toys Safe and Clean: Sex Toy Cleaner
Posted: Aug 01 2015
Let me paint a picture for you: you’ve just opened your brand new sex toys. You haven’t been this excited since the Christmas when you were 6. As you look at your shiny new toys you realize, in a moment of panic, you have no idea how to take care of them. What can you use on it? What is the best sex toy cleaner? There is no need to panic! This new toy has years and years of pleasure to give you and yours. It’s built to last and taking care of it isn’t as complicated as it seems. Here’s everything you ever want to know about sex toys cleaner but may be afraid to ask!
Why Hygiene Is Important
There are a few really big reasons why hygiene is something you want to practice with your sex toys. First, if you use your sex toys on different partners you can absolutely pass STD’s or infections with them. Heck, you can even get an infection by not cleaning them properly when you only use them on yourself. You need to remember that the same rules should be applied to sex toys as they would for any other part of your body. If you’re using them with multiple partners, then use a condom.
You also want to make sure that if you switch the use of toys between your anus and vagina, then the toy either needs to be covered with a condom that is then changed or washed thoroughly. Also don’t forget the golden rule of anal play: never go ass to mouth.
Some General Tips
In caring for you sex toys, keep them clean with a mild soap (unless otherwise indicated) and warm water. If your sex toy has batteries, be careful not to fully submerge the part that houses the batteries or you can wave bye to your lovely little vibrator.
If your vibrator is not waterproof you still can, and must, clean it but be very careful not to fully submerge the toy. If your toy is non-electrical and made of glass or silicone then you can boil them for up to three minutes or throw them in the top rack of your dishwasher. Just don’t forget to take them out before your roommate gets home or your mom comes round for dinner.
The Right Stuff
The biggest thing you must consider when learning how to take care of your new toy is what it’s made of. This will help you understand how to care for it best. So look on the label. What’s that sex toy made from?
Mass-Produced Vibrators & Sex Toys
These toys are what you will most likely find for very cheap in your local sex shop. These are not the highest quality sex toy both in material and make, so proceed with caution. They tend to have bad seals on them and can rust where water may bet in. These are fairly high maintenance toys if you want them to go the distance and not give you some kind of weird fungal infection.
The first thing you’ll want to do with these sex toys is to check if they’re waterproof or not. If you find that it’s not you’ll want to be delicate when washing around the place on the toy where the batteries go, because water can get in there and cause issues with rust or cause the toy to stop working (nooo!).
These sex toyscan be washed with just mild soap and warm water in your sink. Make sure, to dry them completely before you use them by air drying them. Take the toy apart and take the batteries out while it is drying to make sure that it dries completely. This will reduce the chance of rusting!
Once you’ve washed it with soap and water and allowed it to dry, then you will want to use some kind of sex toy cleaner on it. The antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties of these cleaners are important to kill anything that may want to grow in the porous surface of your toy. I mean, let’s face the facts here: our bodies are literally teeming with all kinds of things and if one of those things decides to take up residence on your toy that can lead to big problems. If your toy has any ridges or seals that are hard to really get into and clean properly, the right cleaner is a necessity.
There are also certain types of lube you will want to use with these sex toys in order to keep the plastic from breaking down, but we’ll get to that in just a bit in the section all about lube! Lube deserves its own section, don’t you think?
Silicone: The Big Papa Of Sex Toys
If you’re looking for a material that will be easy to clean, easy to maintain and may just outlive you AND survive nuclear fallout, then you have to go with silicone toys. These sex toys are much better than rubber or vinyl toys for several reasons. One, they warm up to your body temperature quickly. You can imagine how useful this is because who wants to insert a cold sex toy? Well, unless you’re into that kind of thing!
Silicone is also non-porous so it’s a lot easier to get clean and keep clean. You can actually throw these sex toys on the top rack of your dishwasher to get them clean or boil them without degrading the material – that’s pretty darn easy! Because silicone is a body safe material that carries vibrations well it’s also an ideal material for sex toys.
As mentioned, you can boil silicone dildos and butt plugs for up to three minutes or put them through a wash cycle on your dishwasher using a diluted bleach solution. You just have to keep in mind that the harsher the sex toy cleaner, the quicker the material may degrade. Warm, soapy water will be more than enough to get silicone clean.
It’s super important to let your toys dry all the way when you’re washing them, especially if they have ridges or folds that could take a bit longer to dry out completely. You run the risk of turning your sex toy into a science experiment otherwise, and I think we can all agree that this is the kind of experimentation we’re going for with our sex toys!
Again, to err on the side of safety you should buy a high-quality aftercare product in order to make sure nothing is taking up residence on your sex toy.
Jellies – Not The Kind You Serve At Tea
A jelly toy is made from a see through, soft and flexible rubber. Generally, these are low-quality toys that are very porous so you will have to take extra care with these in order to keep them clean and hygienic.
When you wash jellies you need to use a disinfectant soap and warm water. Make sure you wash them completely and rinse them very carefully because the pores in the surface of the material may trap soap and water which can irritate your delicate regions! Not washing them off completely can also cause the material to break down and not last as long.
These toys can be a bit sticky to the touch, which means that when you’re drying them they can collect fluff or lint really easily. So, allowing them to drip dry or using a lint-free cloth is the best course of action with jellies. These also take a bit longer to dry because of how porous they are, so dry them out in direct sunlight if you can (the sun also helps to disinfect!).
As with everything else we’re going to cover here, spritzing it with a bit of sex toy cleaner is a great idea because it’ll make sure to take care of anything you may have missed when you washed the toy the first time.
Feel The Beat With Vinyl
Vinyl toys are lightweight, pretty easy to keep clean and lies somewhere in between jellies and silicone in how porous they are. They also come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, so the use of vinyl as a sex toy material is fairly widespread. These toys are hard to the touch too.
You can use a mild soap with warm water to wash these sex toys, and it’s important to remember that they cannot be boiled! You can also air dry these sex toys but do your best to keep them out of direct sunlight. Also never feed them after midnight. No, wait, I think that’s a gremlin.
As always, you can’t go wrong with a sex toy cleaner! I think you may have picked up by now that having a high-quality sex toys cleaner on hand is the best course of action for any kind of sex toy. Anti-bacterialsex toy cleaner sprays are necessary and easy to use, as are wipes.
Rubber Sex Toys
Rubber sex toys are heavy and very inflexible. They can actually be used in home defense, if you so desire, due to these qualities! These toys are very porous, and if you’re allergic to latex you need to steer clear of these or you will have a reaction!
You have to use a disinfectant soap and warm water to get these sex toys clean and take great care in rinsing them to make sure you get all the soap off. Otherwise you have a reaction or get an infection the next time you whip the out and use them. Dry these with a towel or soft cloth and just like with vinyl, keep them out of direct sunlight. Because of how porous they are, they can take longer to dry than other types of sex toys.
Again – invest in that sex toy cleaner to really make sure you get all the nooks and crannies of these sex toys!
Keepin’ It Real
If you’re a fan of the more realistic materials, such as cyberskin or UltraSkin, then you may be aware of some of the pitfalls to owning these. While they feel like real skin to the touch, they can also be very hard to clean and store safely. I’m talking to you, Fleshlight fans.
These sex toysneed to be completely washed in warm, not hot, water with antibacterial liquid soap. You will want to rinse these completely and then rinse them again for good measure! When drying sex toys keep in mind that they tend to get sticky and pick up lint and fluff, so dry with a lint-free cloth before drying them in a cool, dry place out of the sunlight.
Sex toys are a bit different in aftercare because you will want to sprinkle them with corn starch to make sure they are completely dry as well as keep them realistic feeling. Make sure you never use baby powder or talcum powder on sex toys, because that is definitely something you do not want to insert into any orifice of your body! It can cause irritations, and I think we can agree that is a situation that is best to avoid!
Acrylic or Lucite Toys
Sex toys are as hard as nails, and while that may not sound all that appealing for some things, it’s a great material for Kegel exercises and prostate stimulation. This is a non-porous material, too, so they’re easy to clean and maintain.
Wash sex toys in hot, soapy water and then dry with a cloth. Though, as with almost all sex toys, leaving them out to air dry after patting them dry is never a bad idea – just keep them out of the sun. And don’t forget the sex toy cleaner! A few sprays or wipes will do the trick to keep them clean.
Lube it Up!
I would never, ever forget to talk about lubes when it comes to sex toys, people! As I’m sure you know they are a must to getting the most out of your toy, but what should you go for? You never want to use an oil based product on a sex toy or any condoms you may use with your sex toys. Water-based lubes will always be the best, and safest bet. You can also go with silicone lube, which especially nice for anal toys because it lasts longer and feels fantastic.
When to Say Adios!
Look, you may not want to say goodbye but you need to know when it’s time to part ways and find something new. If the vibes your vibrator gives aren’t what they used to be or stop working even after you put in new batteries, then it’s time for it to go.
Make sure to regularly inspect your toys for any cracks. Obviously if there is any visible mold or fungus, or strange odor beyond the normal sex toy odor, that’s a deal-breaker, or if the material is degrading. And finally, if there corrosion where the batteries are, I just don’t think the relationship is going to last.
Go Forth And Use Those Sex Toys
Are you feeling confident that you know what your sex toy needs in order to keep you happy and safe now? Well, there’s no need to wait any longer to get out there and use those sex toys!