If you want to skip this step, you can; cleaning toys after every use is a must, whereas cleaning them beforehand is a suggestion, Finn says.
Here’s exactly how to clean all of your sex toys before and after you use them.
Cleaning each of your sex toys properly is just as important as cleaning them regularly. If you don’t, you risk eroding a toy’s material, warping its shape, or breaking any battery-operated functions it may have.
First things first: You’ll want to find the right soap. Finn recommends a mild hand or dish soap—as long as it’s unscented (scent can disrupt your vagina’s pH balance, making you more susceptible to infections) and is light enough not to leave a residue on your toys.
Now that we’ve established that, things are about to get pretty specific. Here are Finn’s guidelines for cleaning your sex toys:
Is your toy made of elastomer or latex? These porous materials are more sensitive to temperature than nonporous toys, meaning they might get warped if they’re exposed to too much heat. If your toy vibrates, wipe it down with a warm, damp, soapy washcloth. If it doesn’t vibrate (or vibrates but is waterproof), run the toy under warm water and clean it with a soapy washcloth.
Is your elastomer toy specifically made of a skin-like blend? Do the same thing you’d do for the toys listed above, but don’t expose it to too much soap. This can damage the material, leaving it without the nice skin-like texture it’s known for.
Is your toy made of ABS plastic? Just like an elastomer or latex toy, you can wipe it down with a damp cloth and mild soap if it vibrates, or wash it with water and mild soap if it doesn’t. (Or if it vibrates but happens to be waterproof.)
Is your toy made of soda-lime glass? This kind of glass can be sensitive to temperature (which is part of why it can be so much fun during sexual play). Wash a soda-lime glass toy the same way you’d wash a latex or elastomer toy.
Is your toy made of borosilicate glass, silicone, or a metal? You can clean these toys using mild soap and warm water, or a damp, soapy washcloth, much like the toys above. As an added bonus, if your borosilicate glass, silicone, or stainless steel toys don’t vibrate, you can boil them for 3 to 4 minutes to fully disinfect them. Finn doesn’t suggest boiling sex toys made of gold, since many of them are only gold-plated and may contain other materials. Also, though some people recommend you wash these toys in the dishwasher, Finn advises against it, because it can leave residue behind.
Borosilicate glass and stainless steel toys are the only ones safe for bleaching, Finn says, but you really don’t have to take this extra step. Washing as directed above is absolutely enough. If you do decide to bleach a sex toy, though, you want a weak solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water, Finn says. Let the toy soak for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse it off thoroughly, then wash it with mild soap and water. Bleach is persona non grata for your vagina and related parts. You need to make sure there’s not a trace left before using the toy.
No matter how you wash your toy, double-check that it’s dry before storing it. “Porous or not, you don’t want to have anything that could build mildew or mold, or make your toys smell weird,” Finn says. Ensuring that your toy is fully dry also lessens the likelihood that any pathogens can cling on for dear life.
If you’re feeling lazy, you can (occasionally) get away with using a sex toy cleaner. You can also just use condoms.
You can keep a sex toy cleaner like the Babeland Toy Cleaner on hand. It’s a quick and discreet option that you can use to disinfect your toy without harming its material, Finn says, but it’s not for everyday use. “The cleaner is more like dry shampoo,” Finn says. “It’s better than nothing, but it can’t replace giving your hair a full wash.” If you have an orgasm so earth-shattering you simply cannot motivate yourself to move afterward, you can wipe your toy down with the cleaner and give it a deeper wash once you’re ready to get up.
After reveling in post-climax bliss, it’s crucial to clean the device that sent you over the edge. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting a yeast or bacterial infection or even, if you’ve been sharing with an infected partner, an STD the next time you use it. Follow these germ-killing guidelines from cleaning expert Jolie Kerr, author of My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag…and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha.
First, when buying a toy, find out what it’s made of, since its material and the presence of a motor will determine how it’s washed. Usually, this info will be on the packaging, but if it’s not, ask a sales associate or do a product search online, says Kerr. Then, if it’s made out of…
Silicone, glass, stainless steel, or wood—and it’s motorized: Use mild soap and a damp cloth to wipe the toy clean.
Silicone, Pyrex, stainless steel, or stone—and it’s not motorized: For a deeper clean, place it in boiling water for eight to 10 minutes, or run it through the dishwasher without soap (seriously–the hot steam will help sterilize it, says Kerr).
Cyberskin: Use only a little soap and warm water to clean it. Too much sudsing can damage the sensitive material.
Hard plastic, elastomer, thermoplastic elastomer (TPR), or jelly rubber: These porous materials can still contain bacteria and STDs after washing with soap and water. Use a condom if you’re going to share with a partner, advises Kerr.
ONCE YOUR TOY IS SQUEAKY-CLEAN, Kerr says to dry it off completely with a clean paper towel and store it in a case or silk bag to protect it from other bacteria-laden items.
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I’d like to start this by saying if you haven’t cleaned your toys yet: Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we can talk about how you’re probably doing it wrong. Cleaning your sex toys isn’t meant to be complicated, but it’s not as easy as rubbing on ( I just cringed at this, I’m so sorry I’m making you read it) some soap and cleaning up. Because this literally goes inside your body (or at the very minimum interacts with the pH of your vagina), there are some precautions to make sure the products you use don’t upset your natural biome. You also have to be careful to clean them with products that are good for the material of the toys.
- The difference between materials
- How often should I clean my sex toys?
- How to clean
- How to store them
- Is it OK to just use a toy cleaner?
- 1. Clean your new toy before using it the first time.
- 2. Check if it is waterproof or water resistant.
- 3. Soap and water is A-OK. Toy cleaner is optional.
- 4. If your toy is fully encased in silicone, or made of glass or stainless steel, you can boil it in hot water.
- 5. Place your toy(s) in storage bags or pouches to keep clean in-between use.
- That’s it!
- The Essential Guide to Cleaning Your Sex Toys (Yes, There’s a Right Way to Do It!)
- Brown University
- Safety Information
- How can I care for my chewable jewelry?
- How To Properly Clean Your Sex Toys
- 1. Know What Material Your Toy Is Made Out Of
- 2. Make Sure You’re Using Small Amounts Of Mild, Fragrance-Free Soap To Wash Your Toys
- 3. Don’t Submerge Any Toy That’s Motorized
- 4. Do Submerge Non-Motorized, Durable Toys In Boiling Water
- 5. Always Use Clean Towels To Dry Off Your Sex Toys After Washing Them
- 6. Wash Your Toys Before & After You Use Them
- How to Clean Medical Grade Silicone
- Sterilization and Options
- Uses for Medical Grade Silicone
- Keeping It Clean: Top Tips for Sex Toy Sanitation
- Why Clean Counts
- Follow the Directions
- Soap and Hot Water
- Warm Water
- The Dishwasher
- Mild Bleach Solution
- Sex Toy Cleaners
- Leather, Fetishes and Other Dirty Pleasures
- Keeping It Clean
- This is how you should be cleaning your sex toys
- Why we need to regularly clean our sex toys
- How to clean sex toys the right way
- How to Clean a Vibrator
- Why We Clean Our Sex Toys
- What’s Your Favorite Vibrator Made Of?
- Protecting Your Vibrator
- Ways to Clean Your Vibrator (And Other Sex Toys)
- The Best Way to Clean Your Dildo: The UVee
- How to clean The Magic Wand
- How to Clean a Womanizer
- How to Clean an Eva
- How to Clean the Minna Limon
- How to Clean the G Spot Vibe
- Clean Your Vibrator The Right Way
- Cleaning Intimates
The difference between materials
A quick lesson: sex toys are made of different materials, and some are made from a material that can harbor bacteria, oils, dirt, etc. These ones must be cleaned with specific products that don’t disrupt that and make that bacteria spread — or worse, give you an infection. Nonporous materials include things like silicone (which are often found in typical vibrators), glass, metals, and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic (a type of hard plastic). Porous materials, the ones that can harbor bacteria and other generally gross things, include rubber, latex, and Sensafirm and UR3 (which sometimes makes toys feel like skin). These toys need to be cleaned more thoroughly, and it’s more important that you clean them after every use.
How often should I clean my sex toys?
You probably don’t want to hear this, but sex toys should be cleaned after every single use. Even if you’re only using it yourself, it is very easy for bacteria to attach itself to your toys, and you don’t want that getting anywhere near your genitals! (Please forgive me for all the awkward language I’ve used thus far in this article.)
How to clean
If you keep the packaging, there should be cleaning instructions. However, if you just couldn’t wait and tossed that packaging immediately (relatable), here are a few guidelines: If you’re using a sex toy made of a nonporous material . . . Use a mild soap free of any micro-beads, exfoliants, or harsh ingredients. Make sure whatever soap you’re using is fragrance-free, as fragrances can irritate the vagina and the pH balance of your vulva. If it’s made of a porous material . . . You can try cleaning it with some mild soap and water, but that might not get it completely clean. If you’re using this kind of toy with a partner, we’d recommend trying it with a condom to make sure no bacteria or STIs are transferred. If it isn’t waterproof . . . Be careful about putting a non-waterproof toy (especially one that vibrates or is motorized) right into water. Just use a washcloth with a mild soap and a little bit of water, and then dry it with a paper towel. If you’re using a sex toy with a partner . . . Clean your toys with boiling water. If it’s not made of silicone, Pyrex, or stainless steel, try the above. Always dry your toys off completely — especially if the toy is made of silicone or isn’t waterproof, as the water can hurt the material.
How to store them
Some people choose to keep their toys in a toy bag to make sure they’re not in a place where they could get bacteria on them. If you don’t want to go to this length, just make sure it’s tucked away in a box or bag of some sort. You don’t want your sex toys just rolling around your bedside drawer, as this can cause it to collect dust, lint, or other things rolling around in there. You don’t want to have to clean a toy before you use it — what a mood killer. (However, many doctors suggest cleaning your toys before you use them too to be safe!)
Is it OK to just use a toy cleaner?
A toy cleaner is great to use when you’re in a pinch for time; however, this shouldn’t be your main source of keeping it clean. This one by LELO works super well for disinfecting and spot cleaning when you don’t feel like getting up to clean your toys right after sex with a partner. They’re also great for travel!
You’ve got your new vibrator and you’re ready to roll — but hang on a second! Before you become better acquainted with your new toy, check out these tips to keep them (and you) clean, happy, and healthy.
Don’t worry, cleaning your sex toys isn’t more complicated than washing your hands with soap and water. As long as you know a few things about your product, you can easily keep them clean for years to come.
1. Clean your new toy before using it the first time.
For any product that you purchase—particularly anything that touches your body like clothing, cooking products, and sex toys—clean it before using them the first time. Especially for products made in a factory (locally or overseas), they more than likely have passed through several hands and machinery before arriving to your home.
2. Check if it is waterproof or water resistant.
Before you submerge your new toys in water, make sure you know whether they are water-resistant. The last thing you want is to have a sex toy DOA (dead on arrival) because you didn’t realize that water would make it go ka-put.
Fortunately many sex toys are waterproof or water resistant these days (including the Lioness Smart Vibrator we make), but not all of them are. The ones that are not water-resistant tend to be the ones that require external batteries (there might be an opening where water could seep through) or have dial controls that require some openings to operate.
If your toy is water-resistant or waterproof, they’re good to go for a good cleaning in the sink or tub. If not, you can still use soap and water, but be careful with how you clean it and make sure it doesn’t seep into the electronics.
3. Soap and water is A-OK. Toy cleaner is optional.
Some folks ask if there’s anything special you need to clean sex toys. Not necessarily — just like your hands, soap and water does the job. But for the folks who can’t go without their hand sanitizers, there are dedicated sex toy cleaners out there that can add an extra peace of mind. Pleasure Chest has a nice selection of cleaners you can check out here … but between you and me, it’s team soap and water all the way.
4. If your toy is fully encased in silicone, or made of glass or stainless steel, you can boil it in hot water.
Or yes, even place in the dishwasher if you want (I won’t tell). But don’t do this if you suspect the toy is not made of pure silicone or if there are plastic components on the outside of the toy because those may melt from the heat.
If your toy is made of a material that melts/warps at lower temperatures… you’ll get this moment at Broad City and end up with a broken toy. 😢
For instance, because the Lioness Vibrator has a plastic component on the handle, it wouldn’t be able to survive being fully submerged in boiling water because it would overheat/warp the plastic on the handle and expose all of the sensors and components to boiling water. You can, however, dip everything but the handle and that would work if you wanted to clean Lioness via boiling.
One more thing — if your toy is made of glass or stainless steel, let it cool off before handling it — you don’t want to burn yourself!
5. Place your toy(s) in storage bags or pouches to keep clean in-between use.
Simply put, if you stuff your toys in a drawer or under a bed somewhere, it can collect dust and random stuff from the environment in-between use. To reduce that, you can use dedicated pouches or containers to keep your toys cleaner. Many toys, Lioness included, come with a storage pouch, but they’re relatively easy to get if you need some. If you need some ideas, we wrote an entire article on the topic which you can read here.
You may have to give them a quick wash before use if you’re like me and picky, but it won’t be as much as just chucking your toy somewhere random in your room.
If you want to level up your clean and storage game at the same time, there are products like the UVee storage system that keep your toys stored, away from dust, and also use UV to further clean your sex toys. You can check that out at Babeland.
With this knowledge, you’re ready to roll with your new toy. Happy exploring!
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The Essential Guide to Cleaning Your Sex Toys (Yes, There’s a Right Way to Do It!)
The clitoris and G-spot aren’t the only pleasure buttons below the belt. Real women as well as sex researchers say that there are additional erogenous zones inside the vagina that when touched the right way can lead to what’s collectively known as a deep vaginal orgasm. RELATED: 4 Ways to Overcome Orgasm RoadblocksFirst comes the A-spot, located on the high front (or anterior) wall of the vagina just beneath the cervix. Next is the O-spot (for orgasm), which can be found on the back wall of the vagina, almost behind the cervix. “I can’t see these when I look at a vagina,” Dr. Hall says. But the ligaments here contain nerves that appear to be highly sensitive for many women. If fingers, a toy, or a penis fills the vagina enough at the high end of it and those nerves are really stimulated, it can be very, very pleasurable, she believes. “It could cause the whole uterus to contract during an orgasm—there can be massive contractions in the whole area,” she adds.RELATED: The 5 Best Sex Positions for Deep Penetration IPGGutenbergUKLtd/Getty Images
After getting down and dirty in the bedroom, the last thing you probably want to deal with is cleaning off your sex toy. But here’s the case for why you need to.
If you put your vibrator or other toy away without washing it properly first, bacteria left behind from bodily fluids can breed out of control. Next time you use your pleasure pal, the bacterial buildup could trigger a vaginal infection like bacterial vaginosis. This can happen even if you’re the only one using it.
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STDs are also a possibility. If you use your sex toy with a partner who has herpes or HPV and then touch it to your own body without washing, the risk of contracting these viruses is low—but it exists.
And though it’s true you could wait to wash it until you bring the toy into the bedroom again, it’s better to drag yourself out of bed and get into the habit of cleansing it after sex. This way you can be spontaneous, and the device is ready to go whenever you’re in the mood again.
“When it comes to your vagina, you don’t get to be lazy,” says Alyssa Dweck, MD, a Westchester, New York–based ob-gyn and coauthor of The Complete A to Z for Your V. So what’s the right way to give your toy a good scrubbing? Read Dr. Dweck’s advice on the easiest way to get the job done.
According to Dr. Dweck, the material of the toy and whether it has a motor determines how it should be washed. “The label on the toy should tell you what it’s made from,” she says. “If the label is long gone, you can also search the manufacturer’s website.”
If your toy is metal, glass, or wood and isn’t motorized, submerge it in mild, unscented soap and water and wipe it clean. Placing it in boiling water for about 10 minutes will also do the trick. If it’s glass, it can even go in the dishwasher, says Dr. Dweck.
The key to cleaning motorized toys made out of silicone, metal, glass, or wood is still unscented soap and water—just be sure not to immerse your buzzy buddy in water and accidentally ruin the motor. “All you need to do is wet a paper towel and wash it thoroughly,” explains Dr. Dweck.
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For toys made of plastic, jelly, or other porous materials, you have to clean them more carefully, since germs love to sneak into tiny grooves that can form in these after a little wear and tear. Soap the toy up with warm water, but rinse it thoroughly to make sure you clean the surface as well as any grooves, which can be extremely small.
Once your toy is squeaky clean, dry it off with a paper towel or clean cloth towel and store it in a cool place out of the sun, like a desk drawer. Sure you could just toss it aside on the floor, but that won’t prevent household bacteria and other yucky things like dust, lint, and pet hair from settling on it . . . and possibly landing you a vaginal infection next time.
Proper cleaning of sex toys is essential to avoid bacterial infection or transmission of STIs. While some STIs die once the fluid they live in dries, others (such as hepatitis and scabies) can live for weeks or months outside of the body. If you want to prevent pregnancy, it is also important to be remove sperm that may be on the sex toy before using near or in the vagina. It’s important to keep the instructions for cleaning the sex toy and to follow them carefully. If you feel that cleaning the toy properly would be too time consuming or unrealistic for you, think about buying a different toy. The information provided below gives a general overview for cleaning different types of toys and isn’t meant to replace the manufacturer’s instructions.
For basic toy care, remove any batteries. Never submerge electrical components in water. Use a damp, soapy washcloth to clean your electric toys, preferably with anti-bacterial soap. Keep toys stored in a container or pouch (to keep them clean) and in a cool, dry place.
Cleaning non-porous materials: glass, stainless steel, hard plastic, and silicone
Glass: Wash glass toys with soap and water. Pyrex toys are dishwasher safe. Do not expose glass to extreme temperatures.
Stainless Steel: If attached to an electrical device, use warm soapy water, being careful not to submerge any electrical components. If there are no electrical components you have 3 options: Boil or soak in a 10% bleach-water solution for 10 minutes, or place it in the dishwasher.
Hard Plastic: Clean with anti-bacterial soap and water. Do not boil.
Silicone: You can choose from 3 options to clean a silicone toy. Either boil for 5-10 minutes, put it in your dishwasher (on top rack), or wash with anti-bacterial soap and warm water. Do not boil silicone vibrators because you will destroy the vibrator mechanism.
Cleaning porous materials: rubber, vinyl, cyberskin, nylon, and leather
Rubber materials: Rubber materials are porous and difficult to clean. In addition, their composition is not always known or may contain phthalates, chemicals which have been shown to be harmful to your health. For these reasons, it is recommended to use condoms with these types of toys.
Cyberskin and Vinyl: Cyberskin is soft and porous, often used for dildos. Wash cyberskin and vinyl toys delicately with warm water only. Air dry and powder a small amount with cornstarch to keep them from getting sticky.
Nylon: Nylon harnesses and toys can be machine or hand washed with a mild anti-bacterial soap.
Leather: Wipe leather products with a damp, soapy cloth or with leather cleaner. Do not soak leather. After cleaning, you may recondition your toy using a leather conditioner. Protect metal parts from tarnish by applying a coating of clear nail polish.
How can I care for my chewable jewelry?
Although silicone naturally resists the growth of bacteria, we recommend that you clean
your chewable items regularly using one of the following methods:
- Silicone items are dishwasher safe. We recommend removing cords and washing them separately in warm soapy water.
- You can hand-wash silicone items in warm soapy water.
- If you are senstive to the smell or taste of soap or dishwashing detergents, you can boil your silicone items in water for 2-3 minutes.
After boiling, handle with care and allow the silicone pieces to cool completely before using them. They will be very hot for quite a while after boiling!
After washing your silicone pieces, be sure to let it air dry completely or dry it with a soft clean cloth. Store it in a cool, dry place when not in use.
It’s a good idea to wrap each silicone piece in a soft lint-free cloth when storing and avoid storing two pieces in contact with each other.
Note: Silicone is durable and easy to clean, however there are some materials that will degrade or shorten the life of your silicone pieces. Avoid exposing silicone items to extreme cold, prolonged direct sunlight and oil- or silicone-based products.
How To Properly Clean Your Sex Toys
Nearly three years ago, I bought my first sex toy, and at the risk of sounding melodramatic, it kind of changed my life. It was a bullet vibrator, and the day I brought it home, I spent about two and a half hours having consecutive orgasms because of it. Ever since then, I’ve been a pretty big supporter of using sex toys. Sex toys can spice up sex between long-term partners, they’re useful to make sure you get off during partnered sex, and they’re also great for single people (like me) who are just too lazy to finger themselves. But if you’re into using sex toys — whether you use them strictly when you’re masturbating, or you use them during sex, too — it’s imperative that you learn how to properly clean your sex toys.
As I’m sure you already know, dirty vibrators and dildos can cause some pretty nasty vaginal infections. Also, if you generally share your sex toys with a partner, failing to properly clean your sex toys before and after use can actually result in them spreading STIs and STDs between you and your partner.
So, just to be safe, you might want to read the following six tips on how to properly clean your sex toys.
1. Know What Material Your Toy Is Made Out Of
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According to Women’s Health, how you should clean your sex toy depends largely on what the toy is made of. Evidently, silicone sex toys are hard to beat, because they’re pretty soft, non-porous, and generally not irritating to sensitive skin. You should be able to tell what your sex toy is made of just by checking out the box and/or the manual it came with, but if you’ve already lost or pitched those things, you can look your toy up online, too. As you do so, keep in mind that many sex toys (particularly the jelly rubber kind) can contain toxic materials, like phthalates.
If your sex toy looks and feels like real skin, then it’s probably made of cyberskin. Since cyberskin (also called “softskin” or “ultraskin”) is super porous, it’s crucial to only use a little bit of mild soap and warm water to clean it. Additionally, if your toy is made of porous materials like cyberskin, jelly rubber, or hard plastic, then getting it 100% clean isn’t even possible, and you’ll want to make sure to wrap it in a condom if you’re sharing.
2. Make Sure You’re Using Small Amounts Of Mild, Fragrance-Free Soap To Wash Your Toys
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you need to use a harsh soap, or see lots of suds, in order for your sex toy to get properly cleaned. Actually, using too much soap or extremely harsh soap can damage sex toys that are made out of more sensitive materials (like cyberskin). You should probably also stick to only using fragrance-free soap on your toys, just so you can avoid any undo irritation to your vulva. This is especially important to keep in mind when you’re washing any toys you may have that are made of porous materials.
Sex toy cleaning sprays and wipes are also an option to keep in mind, because they’re specifically formulated to clean sex toys without damaging them. They’re not too expensive, either. So whether you’ve put a lot of money into your sex toy collection, or you simply want to make your toys last as long as possible, consider investing in a sex toy cleaning spray.
3. Don’t Submerge Any Toy That’s Motorized
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You probably could have figured this one out for yourself, but I’m going to go ahead and cover it anyway. If your sex toy is motorized — whether that means you’re working with a battery-powered situation or your toy actually has a power cord of some sort — never submerge it in water. You’ll ruin it, and then it won’t matter how clean it is; because you’ll either have to go to a sex shop and buy one in your sexually frustrated state, or order a replacement online and wait patiently for it to be delivered. Instead, clean these toys with a dab of mild soap and a damp cloth.
4. Do Submerge Non-Motorized, Durable Toys In Boiling Water
If your sex toy is made out of a durable material (like silicone, pyrex, stainless steel, or stone) and it’s not motorized, then you should be submerging it in water to properly clean it. In fact, letting your toy sit in boiling water for a few minutes is your best bet for a deep clean.
You can also run your sex toys through the dishwasher to sanitize them, but make sure to pay attention to any cleaning instructions regarding water temperature (and be sure you don’t load your machine up with Cascade first).
5. Always Use Clean Towels To Dry Off Your Sex Toys After Washing Them
I know, I know, duh. But seriously, it’s important that you use either a super clean hand towel or a fresh paper towel to dry off your sex toys. Don’t think it’s ever safe to use the dingy hand towel hanging in your bathroom, either. Because unless you live alone and never have guests over, or you wash your bath towels daily, then that towel’s almost definitely holding some bacteria hostage.
No matter what you choose to use when you dry your sex toys off, though, make sure you dry them completely before storing them. Regardless of how sanitary your sex toy storage space is, even slightly damp sex toys are susceptible to mold and mildew growth. Not only will fungus likely ruin your toys, it’s obviously not something you want to rub on or inside of yourself.
6. Wash Your Toys Before & After You Use Them
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I know it’s a pain in the butt to wash your sex toys before and after you use them, especially if you’re in the middle of something sexy and fun. But if you assume your sex toy is safe to use in the morning just because you washed it the night before, you could end up putting yourself at risk for infections.
Of course, this depends largely on how you store your sex toys. If you put your toys in their own sanitized case or bag directly after washing them, then it’s not as likely that your toy rolled up against something germ-y overnight. However, since we’re talking about your body here, regardless of your sex toy storage methods, you should probably go ahead and wash your toys both before and after you use them. It’ll only take a minute, and knowing you’re not about to give yourself an infection can only work to make your whole experience hotter, right?
This post was originally published on February 18, 2016. It was updated on August 26, 2019.
How to Clean Medical Grade Silicone
Medical grade silicones are simply silicones that have been tested for biocompatibility and can be used for medical applications. Si-Tech manufactures medical grade silicone for our healthcare industry clients. When designing medical devices and tools, materials that can be easily cleaned and sterilized without degrading or breaking down are key. Platinum-cured liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is the specific material we use in our healthcare products because it’s durable and has the ability to be disinfected in many different ways.
We used platinum-cured LSR as part of the manufacturing process in order to make various medical liquid injection molding products.
Sterilization and Options
Because they come into such close contact with the human body, medical devices must be removed of any bacteria from their surface. This should be done both before and after contact with the body in any way, including bodily fluids. Also, machine and device parts must remain clean and free from dust regularly.
It’s true that medical grade rubber molding does not allow for bacterial growth, but other materials used in the fabrication of technical devices and machines can breed bacteria easily. The entire device can be sterilized all at once without having to take it apart when putting the platinum-cured LSR components through the process.
Actually, studies have revealed that platinum-cured rubber molding can withstand many types of sterilization processes on a regular basis as necessary.
It’s important to know which sterilization options apply to device components when planning out the initial product design. Components must be able to withstand the sterilization procedure without compromising their capabilities or degrading in any way. Here are some options for cleaning:
- Rubbing Alcohol: This is one of the easiest and most common methods of sterilizing medical grade silicone. This will kill off any bacteria that may be present, as well as dust or particles.
- Autoclave: An autoclave uses steam to sterilize platinum-cured LSR, which can destroy microorganisms. The process can be used on anything from surgical instruments to medical implants to forceps.
- Gamma Radiation: This is also a common method under certain circumstances.
- Dry Heat: This will kill certain types of bacteria, for use in operating temperatures between -45 degrees F and 450 degrees F.
Uses for Medical Grade Silicone
Healthcare providers of all kinds, from hospitals and doctor’s offices to laboratories and urgent care facilities, need many machines, devices and tools to care for patients every single day. And all that equipment must be clean. Here’s what medical grade silicone can be used for:
- Rubber tubing
- Silicone rubber anti-slip handles for medical instruments
- Emergency defibrillator kits and cases
- Gaskets, plugs and covers
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Sex toys can make your sex life better, more exciting, and often more orgasmic regardless of your relationship status, gender, or orientation. It’s an umbrella term, as the phrase “sex toys” can refer to everything from whips and paddles used for BDSM to clitoral vibrators and more. For the sake of this story, we’re going to focus on some of the most common sex toys, such as vibrators and dildos.
Many of these options can be used either alone or with a partner and can involve bodily fluid exchange, which means they should be cleaned frequently and thoroughly. As experts explained to us, dirty sex toys can lead to STI transmission, and — even if you only use them on yourself — can also lead to yeast infections, UTIs, and bacterial vaginosis. Because we only want sex toys to bring us orgasms and not cause a trip to the doctor’s office, Allure spoke with doctors and sex experts to learn how to best clean sex toys.
First thing’s first: Are my sex toys made from body-safe materials?
Sometimes, you’ll find a vibrator online with a super-low price tag. Understandably, it’s tempting to save money and go for such a good deal. However, the reason such sex toys are so cheap is often that they are made out of cheap material like plastic, often called “PVC” in toy descriptions. Sometimes inexpensive toys are also described as “jelly,” which refers to jelly rubber. “I would definitely avoid jelly toys because they trap bacteria and are hard to clean,” says Eva Sweeney, a sex toy reviewer, educator, and founder of Cripping Up Sex with Eva. Such materials are hard to clean as they are porous, meaning once bacteria gets into them, it’s hard to get rid of it.
So, what types of commonly used materials are safe and easy to clean? “Nonporous materials are best because they can be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, unlike porous materials which can trap infectious fluids. These materials include silicone, glass, and metal,” Bard says. These toys do tend to cost more, but they last longer and are less expensive than a trip to the doctor’s office, so it’s a worthy investment. If you’re looking for good options, we recommend the Satisfyer Pro 2 or the Lelo Soraya vibrators.
OK, so how can I clean my sex toys?
The primary methods for cleaning sex toys:
- Submerge the toy in boiling water
- Wash with fragrance-free soap and water or a toy cleaner
- Sanitize using a specially-crafted, high-tech system
One way to clean sex toys is to drop them in hot water. “As a general rule, if the toy is constructed from silicone, Pyrex, or stainless steel and it’s not motorized, then its best to sterilize by submerging in boiling water for a few minutes,” Huizenga explains. This is also Sweeney’s preferred method of cleaning for glass, Pyrex, and steel. With some motorized silicone toys, such as a strap-on dildo that comes with an insertable bullet vibrator, you can just take out that part and let the hot water do its work. However, if the toy is a vibrator or boiling isn’t your thing, there are other options.
“For toys with motors, you can use fragrance-free soap and water or toy cleaner,” Sweeney says. Just simply spritz the toy a few times or let it soak in a sink of soapy water and let it sit for a few seconds. Wash off with lukewarm water and make sure to dry off with a clean towel. Toy cleaning sprays are available at sex shops, like Babeland which has its own toy cleaner for $5.
Keeping It Clean: Top Tips for Sex Toy Sanitation
Some people might think of sex toys as being a little dirty. Dirty as in naughty, or racy … or even taboo. That kind of dirty. Not dirty dirty. That’s just gross. Unfortunately, the rules of sex toy sanitation aren’t that simple thanks to the range of different products and materials now available. Want to keep your play dirty and your toys clean? Here are some tips on how to do it.
Why Clean Counts
Sex toys generally make for safe sex, but if they aren’t kept clean and sanitized, they can also be a great way to introduce bacteria and other nasty things to your body. That’s because bodily fluids – including semen, vaginal fluids and blood – can linger on the surfaces of your toys. If that doesn’t gross you out, consider this: some pathogens, such as the hepatitis C virus, can survive for several hours or even days outside of the body. So can bacteria from the anus, which can be dangerous if introduced anywhere else, such as the vagina. (Learn more tips on how to have safe anal sex in What You Need to Know About Anal Sex.)
To keep yourself and your partners safe, medical professionals recommend cleaning your sex toys thoroughly after each use. There are a number of different ways to effectively clean your toys, but the method you choose is often determined by what your toy is made of – and how you use it. The following are some preferred methods for keeping your bedside stock squeaky clean.
For a more in-depth look at how to clean and care for all different kinds of sex toy materials, see The Care and Cleaning of Quality Sex Toys.
Follow the Directions
You know how clothes always come with cleaning instructions? Well, so do sex toys. So, the best way to clean any sex toy is often to follow the directions on the packaging. These cleaning directions are created to not only effectively clean your toys, but also to keep them in tip-top shape.
Good For: All sex toys, or at least the ones you kept the packaging for …
Soap and Hot Water
A good scrubbing with soap and hot water is usually sufficient for most sex toys. Lather up the toy with a little squirt of antibacterial soap and let the foam sit there for a few moments to kill bacteria and other germs. Use the hottest water you can stand to thoroughly rinse the toy to avoid leaving any soapy residue behind. If you’re washing battery-operated toys that aren’t waterproof, be sure to remove the batteries and avoid submerging them.
Good For: Most toys, including those made of plastic, silicone, rubber, metal and glass.
Plain warm water may be the best option to clean some toys. This is particularly true for sex toys made from porous materials, like rubber or vinyl, since these materials can trap and hold soaps and other chemicals. Some of the new life-like sex toy materials, like Cyberskin, must also be cleaned with just water or a little soap, since they are extremely porous. (This is why it’s often recommended that you use a condom with these as well, especially when using them anally.) Once you’ve cleaned a Cyberskin sex toy, it should be allowed to air dry and dusted with cornstarch to prevent it from getting sticky.
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Good For: Rubber, vinyl, and Cyberskin.
Believe it or not, your dishwasher can also be used as a sex toy washer. Whether you want to wash your dildos with you dishes is up to you. Either way, simply place them on the top rack, add a little dishwasher soap, and let ‘er rip! Keep in mind that this method shouldn’t be used for toys that have batteries, and some toys may not hold up to the extreme heat of the sanitization cycle.
Good For: Toys without batteries and toys made from heat-resistant non-porous materials, like silicone, glass and metal.
Mild Bleach Solution
Using bleach to clean sex toys is usually a bit of overkill, but if you’re something of a germaphobe and want to make sure any and all germs are wiped out, it’s a good option. Since chlorine bleach is a very potent chemical, though, it can damage your toy or irritate your skin, especially if used at full strength. Dilute one part bleach with 10 parts water, and soak your non-porous toys in this solution for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse the toys well in clean water after they’ve been soaked.
Good For: Non-porous materials, like silicone, glass, metal and hard plastic.
As with bleaching your sex toys, boiling may be overkill, especially if you aren’t sharing with multiple partners. If killing any and all germs is your aim, though, this will do the trick. Of course, this isn’t an option for toys with batteries or for toys that may not be able to hold up to extreme heat. To boil your sex toys, simply bring a pot of water to a boil and let your toys soak in the water for a few minutes.
Good For: Tough toys made from materials like silicone, metal and glass.
Sex Toy Cleaners
Several companies make specially formulated sex toy cleaners designed to clean and disinfect sex toys. Although these cleaners are usually an unnecessary expense, they are nice to have on hand, and they are generally safe for a wide range of sex toys. Before using a sex toy cleaner, check the labeling to make sure it’s safe to use on your toys.
Good For: Most sex toys.
Leather, Fetishes and Other Dirty Pleasures
Leather sex toys and fetish items, like whips and chastity belts, can be hard to keep clean, as leather is a very porous material. Saddle soap and warm water can usually be used safely on leather items, and diluted hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol solutions can be used to disinfect leather. Mink oil and leather conditioners may also be used to keep leather soft and supple, and prevent it from cracking. (If you need some help getting these things dirty, check out Why Bondage Can Be So Much Fun.)
Sharing sex toys is the surest way to share germs. Any time you share a sex toy between two or more individuals, it’s always a good idea to wash it between uses. Condoms can be placed over penetrative toys and changed between uses for extra protection. Although most toys can be sufficiently cleaned and sanitized, some toys made from porous materials, like leather and rubber, can trap harmful pathogens. These toys should only be used by one person to prevent the spread of germs.
Keeping your sex toys clean between sessions is also important. Avoid just tossing them under the bed or in your underwear drawer – they’ll pick up dust and lint that can be hard to remove, especially when it comes to silicone.
Keeping It Clean
If you like to think of your sex toys as your dirty little secret, more power to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep them squeaky clean.
(Still confused about how to clean toys or about what’s safe for which activities? Get some tips on finding a good sex shop for insight and advice in Why I’m a Sex Shop Snob and You Should Be Too.)
This is how you should be cleaning your sex toys
If you own them, you should know how to clean sex toys. But don’t be so sure that soapy, hot water soak is rinsing away all the nasty bacteria and germs you left behind – especially if your toy(s) have a lot of grooves and crevices. So how do you clean your sex toys, ya know, the right way? Don’t worry, I’m about to spell it out for ya.
But before I get to that, first things first. If you’re looking to not only sanitize your vibes and dildos but keep them in pristine condition as well, then you’ll need to know what they’re made of. Knowledge of the materials used in your favorite toys and whether they’re porous or nonporous is not only imperative for your own health, but for the longevity of your device as well.
Why we need to regularly clean our sex toys
For safety’s sake, here’s a rundown of suggested sex toy materials. Anything else, quite frankly, not only makes for super low-quality toys, but toxic ones too.
- ABS hard plastic
- Wood and stone
So what do you do with your jelly dick(s)? I suggest throwing them out, as not even a condom can provide adequate protection from the harsh chemicals (like phthalates) it’s loaded with. That being said, I’m also not one for policing what people do with their bodies, so if you find yourself too attached to the gadget to toss it, using it won’t kill you.
That said, not everybody knows that sex toys can encourage bacteria growth which leads to infections, and even transmit certain STIs – regardless of whether they’re made of something porous or not.
P.S. if you’re in the habit of sharing porous sex toys (or the squishy toys that are usually designed with an elastomer, TPR/TPE, PVC, jelly, rubber, vinyl or Cyberskin) you should be doing so with a condom. Since they’re porous, they’re nearly impossible to completely disinfect. Which means if your toy has been exposed to harmful bacteria, there’s still a risk that you could become infected even after you scrubbed it down.
How to clean sex toys the right way
Step 1: Sanitizing
Woo-hoo, we made it to the good stuff! As I mentioned earlier in the piece, you can use a mild soap and hot water to clean most silicone, glass, stainless steel and wood accessories. But just dousing it in your choice of mild, fragrance-free soap and running it under water isn’t going to wash away bacteria, dust, lube or any other miscellaneous residues. The trick is to really lather up the soap before rinsing it off with hot water.
Our recommendations: 365 Everyday Value fragrance-free hand soap ($4.99 via Amazon) and Clearly Natural Essentials Unscented ($12.20 via Amazon)
If your toy is designed with something super durable (like pyrex, silicone, stainless steel, or stone) you can just throw it in a pot with some boiling water and let it do its thing in there for a few minutes. This is probably your best bet at achieving a deep-clean, so if you’re sharing toys with a partner (or a few) this is my top recommended method to disinfect them.
I already know what you’re thinking: “Does this mean I can wash my sex toys in the dishwasher?” The quick answer: some yes, others no. Remember that scene from Broad City when Abby put her neighbor’s strap-on in the dishwasher and destroyed it? Well, that idea isn’t as far-fetched as you’d like it to be. Refer to the care instructions that came with your toy regarding heat and water temperature. But if you do choose to use the dishwasher, don’t load it with dish soap!
Additionally, it’s really important to note that not all sex gizmos can be immersed in water. Motorized devices (like ones with batteries or an attached cord) and other non-waterproof toys can never be submerged, ever. So save yourself the heartbreak of unintentionally slaying a cherished friend, and keep these toys out of the water while you clean them. You can do this by grabbing a clean, damp washcloth, soaping it up and wiping down the toy. Or you could just invest in one of the many sprays or cleaning wipes designed for this very situation.
Our recommendations: HoneyDew’s Antibacterial toy cleaner ($8.95 via Amazon) LELO Antibacterial Cleaning Spray ($9.90 via LELO), and Eden Fantasy’s All-Purpose Wet Wipes ($9.99 via Amazon)
Looking to clean just acc-sexories like leather whips, leashes, and paddles? Easy! Just wipe ’em down with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution and they’ll be as clean as the day you got them.
Step 2: Drying
Exactly like after you bathe yourself, your butt plugs and disembodied coochies need a clean towel to dry off with. And we emphasize the clean part because damp, used towels are a breeding ground for gross bacteria. And while leaving your toys out to air dry is ok for some, it’s detrimental for others. Why? Well, when left damp, hard to reach spaces, nooks, and crannies all serve as a welcome mat for rather unwelcome bacteria. Meaning all the cleaning you just did will be overcome with mold and mildew if not dried completely.
Our recommendations: BONDRE Microfiber face towels ($9.99, Amazon)
Step 3: Storing
This step may surprise you – hell, you’re probably surprised it’s even a step. But as it turns out, storing your vibrator loose in your bedside drawer isn’t the greatest idea. Think about it: how often do you get in there and scrub that drawer? Probably never. So instead of just letting that bad boy freestyle in your nightstand, you can either keep it in its original packaging or get it its own robe.
Our recommendations: Blush Novelties Antibacterial Toy Bag ($8.99+, Amazon) and the lockable toy box by BMS ($26, Amazon)
How often you should be washing your sex toys
And finally, the question we should all know the answer to: “How often do my dildos need to be sanitized?” Ideally, before AND after each use. But we know just how spur of the moment passion can be, so if you only wash your toys after you use them, you’ll probably live to see another orgasm.
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How to Clean a Vibrator
We all want to get down and dirty, but dirty is one thing your sex toys should never be. Bacterial infections and the spread of STDs is anything but sexy, but many may not know the proper steps to staying protected. So, let’s talk adult toy cleaners and how to keep our toys clean, and how to clean a vibrator, even when our minds are all about getting dirty.
Most of us already know the importance of keeping our intimate toy collection sanitized. Hygiene can mean the difference between contracting an infection, or staying healthy. But cleaning your vibrator, dildo or any of your adult toys, is not as simple as washing them in the sink with some detergent and hot water. There’s a lot to consider when tackling sex toy hygiene: the material of your toy, whether it’s got a motor, or twists, turns and crevices, and so forth.
A mind blowing vibrator or toy can set you back quite a bit of money, so it’s obviously important not to damage it with your cleaning regime. (And remember, having a better “O” can make you live longer!) Another thing to consider when choosing cleaning methods is whether you’re using chemicals that are safe for your own body. After all, sex toys come in intimate contact with ourselves, and our partners – so we don’t want to use cleaning agents, such as harsh chemicals, that we know could do bodily damage.
If you’re overwhelmed by all the info out there on sex toy maintenance and hygiene, or you’re not sure just exactly what your unique vibrator needs, then sit back and relax – because we’ve got your back.
In this article, we’re going to cover the different options for cleaning your vibrator and discuss what bacteria and STDs you’re really fighting against when you upkeep hygiene. Remember: knowing the risks is half the battle.
If some of these methods for cleaning your sex toys seem anything but sexy, and especially inaccessible when you’re just wanting to roll over in bed and fall right asleep, then don’t worry – the tech world has answered our prayers, and we’re going to introduce you to breakthrough toy cleaning technology that will save you time, and worry.
Lastly, for those of you with no time to waste, you can skip down to our TL;DR, handy-dandy list of the most commonly used vibrators, and how best to clean them.
Why We Clean Our Sex Toys
Let’s talk about what we mean when we say sex toy hygiene is imperative. What is cleaning your vibrator meant to protect you from?
- Escherichia coli
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Streptococcus sp.
- Gardnerella vaginalis
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Candida albicans.
All of these bacteria may sound scary, and trust us, they are. They are known for hanging out and breeding on un-properly cleaned toys, which could spell disaster for those who like to play dirty but keep things clean downstairs. These bacteria can cause both vaginal and anal health issues. If you’re looking to have fun with your vibrator, without a painfully itchy or chafey drawback, then it’s important you thoroughly clean it immediately after use.
These bacteria can grow on all sorts of toys, regardless of their shape, function, or material. Whether your vibe or dildo is made out of silicone, glass, plastic, or jelly rubber, these bacteria love to make a home out of it – there is no toy that is exempt from collecting harmful bacteria.
A lot of us understandably just roll over and take a snooze after a fun session with a toy, and leave the clean-up for later. Unfortunately, leaving your sex toy alone before cleaning it can result in the formation of a biofilm. That is, an ecosystem of bacteria over the entirety of the toy, especially in those hard to reach nooks and crannies – gross! This biofilm makes your toy even harder to thoroughly clean between uses, and leaves you vulnerable to bacterial infection even with common cleaning methods.
Sex toys aren’t just for use alone, and for those of us sharing our toys with a partner, (or partners) it becomes even more important to clean our toys in-between uses to protect against the spread of disease. In this case, you’d much rather be safe than sorry.
Non-sanitized sex toys can transmit the following STIs:
- Bacterial Vaginosis
Now that we’ve covered the unsexy, bad-kinda-dirty side of why you should keep your toys clean, it’s time to delve into the how. We’re going to cover both common, old-school, and new ways of cleaning and storing your toys, as well as cover which methods are best for which materials.
What’s Your Favorite Vibrator Made Of?
It’s important to note that depending on the material of your toy, it either is porous or nonporous. Porous toys, such as those made from plastics and jelly rubber, will more readily absorb bacteria, making them harder to clean. Alternatively, nonporous toys, such as those made from silicone, glass, or stainless steel, won’t absorb bacteria past their surface.
For this reason, nonporous toys are usually safer to use, and more hygienic – but if your toy is porous, consider using a condom with it to help keep things clean, especially if you’re sharing the toy with a partner (or partners!). If you’re not sure what your toy is made of, check the packaging, or Google the product name. You absolutely must know the material of your toy in order to best effectively sanitize it.
Protecting Your Vibrator
Before we jump into how to clean your vibrator, it’s important to talk about protecting it. (And in case you need to know how to use your vibrator, here you go!)
After all, cleaning your vibrator is one thing, but if it’s not stored correctly, all that elbow grease spent on scrubbing and soaping will have been for nought. A vibrator that bounces around loose in a drawer is going to pick up dirt, crumbs, hairs, and skin flakes, no matter how clean it is. Sex toys that are stored together can also cause problems; certain materials can damage others if left in contact.
Make sure to store your vibrators, and sex toys, separately. The easiest options available are either soft material bags, or hard containers. Of course, you could always splurge on sex toy specific storage, if you’re wanting the best for your vibe. The important thing to remember is to avoid plastic bags, Tupperware, etc. These plastics can leach chemicals into your toys over time (especially the porous ones) and are best avoided.
Ways to Clean Your Vibrator (And Other Sex Toys)
Truly a classic, and a pretty accessible form of sanitization for your toys, dumping dildos in the dishwasher can be a hassle free way of getting them squeaky clean. Obviously, a lot of electronic toys, namely vibes and wands might not pull through an ordeal in a dishwasher, so it’s important to check the fine print on your toys before throwing them in with your dishes.
Certain materials also don’t do well in hot water, and can melt or become malformed if subjected to a full machine wash cycle. Another bummer about cleaning toys in a dishwasher is how non-discrete it is if you’re sharing a home with kids, or roommates.
It’s very easy to ‘set and forget’ when it comes to the dishwasher, and unless you’re watching it like a hawk as it goes through it’s final rinse cycle, it’s very easy for an unsuspecting guest or family member to go in for a clean mug and come across your vibrator! This makes the dishwasher method less ideal for those with busy homes, forgetful minds, or frequent players who don’t want to up their water bill by running the dishwasher all the time.
These adult toys like it:
- stainless steel
These adult toys don’t:
- battery operated
- electronic toys
- porous toys
Hand Washing With Soap
A no-brainer, hand washing your toys with warm water, and a gentle antibacterial soap (we recommend using either a hypoallergenic soap, or a sex-toy cleaner; guaranteed to not irritate your bits) is an accessible and easy way to clean your sex toys. Obviously, when dealing with non-waterproof vibrators, like the Magic Wand or Womanizer, you will want to forgo holding them under running water, or submerging them completely. Opt for using a damp cloth and a bit of soap instead.
Whilst this is the most accessible and easy way to clean your sex toys, there are some downsides. Hand washing isn’t very thorough, and for toys that can’t be fully submerged in water, and have hard to reach crevices, bacteria and other nasties can proliferate in those missed places. Also, washing sex toys, or allowing them to soak, might not be super easy for those of us who share a house with nosey roommates, or even nosier family members. If you like to keep things private, washing your toys in a communal sink might not be ideal. But when it comes to using water and soap, we love how fast and easy this method is!
These adult toys like it:
- porous and nonporous toys
- (go easy with the hot water on the porous toys)
These adult toys don’t:
- non-waterproof toys
- toys with nooks and crannies
Using Alcohol, or Other Chemical Disinfectants
While alcohol and disinfectants are great at killing germs, they’re also pretty harmful to both you, and your toys. Porous materials may melt, or become disfigured if doused in alcohol, and though you may rinse the alcohol off after cleaning, remnants of alcohol can wreak havoc on your most intimate body parts. It’s safe to steer clear of alcohol or harsh disinfectants completely, and opt for toy-friendly soaps, or other recommended cleaners. However, if you’re cleaning leather intimate items, such as holsters, and whips, some watered down rubbing alcohol will do a good job of sanitizing them. Just make sure to follow up with a mink oil, or other leather conditioner, to keep the leather from drying up or cracking.
These adult toys like it:
- stainless steel
- leather accessories
These adult toys don’t:
- Porous toys
Whilst most germs and bacteria can’t survive boiling point, they require longer exposure (think minutes, not seconds) in order to be completely wiped out. That’s what makes boiling water a pretty inefficient cleaning method for your vibrator and dildos.
Pouring boiled water over toys can be pretty ineffective, as the water cools down when removed from the stove. And while boiling water will clean your toys, they’d need to be fully submerged for at least a couple of minutes – a method that’s a surefire way to break your vibrators, melt your porous and glass fun-buddie, and heat up your stainless steel to the point where it’ll need to be carefully removed.
For these reasons and more, this is another method we don’t recommend, as it’s easy to do incorrectly, and easy to ruin your favorite adult toys.
These adult toys like it:
- Stainless steel
These adult toys don’t:
- motor operated toys
- Magic Wand
- non-waterproof toys
- porous toys
- glass toys
The Best Way to Clean Your Dildo: The UVee
We’re living in the future, folks – and if there are self-driving cars, surely there are better ways to clean your adult toys than what we’ve listed so far. We’ve found a new techy way to keep your vibrator super clean, with minimal effort, and with maximum efficiency.
Introducing The UVee, a revolutionarily new way to clean your sex toys.
Ever wanted to clean your vibe, charge your vibe, and store it securely all at once?
The UVee can do all that, and ready your vibe for immediate use in under 10 minutes.
For those of us who like to chill out after a play session, the UVee is a godsend, allowing us to simply throw our toys in the one container; where they’ll be thoroughly cleaned, and charged, while we sleep it off.
UVee is the only all-in-one, sanitizing, charging and locked storage system for your vibrators, and if you love your vibes as much as we love ours, you know they deserve a home as good as the UVee.
How Does The UVee Clean Your Vibrator?
The UVee cleans your vibrators and toys using UV-C sanitizing light. This tech kills 99.9% of all bacteria exposed to it; making it the most effective cleaning method on this list.
Regardless of what material your toy is made of, porous or not, or if it’s got crevices, or a motor, the UVee can clean it, and it can clean it well.
Another thing we love about the UVee is that it also securely stores our toys. Making sure they’re not only cleaned between uses, but are kept private. The UVee can be locked via a pin code, making sure that any nosey roommates, or family members, won’t accidentally come across your intimate collection.
Lastly, the icing on the cake for us with the UVee, is its built-in charging dock. Gone are those nights (or days) when you’re ready to get buzzing, and your vibrator is dead and dusted. When you place your vibe in the UVee, simply plug it in, and while it is sanitized, and stored, it’ll also charge up. The UVee gives you direct access to immediate fun times whenever you want them!
Pretty much all toys love the UVee, so this really is a one-size-fits-all solution.
Here’s a brief list of the five of the most popular vibrators, and how best to clean them:
How to clean The Magic Wand
The Magic Wand is not waterproof, but as it’s only really the head that sees any action, that’s the only part of the wand that you need to sanitize. To clean the head of the Magic Wand, grab a cloth, run it under some warm water, wring it out so it’s just damp, and squirt a pea-sized amount of gentle, fragrance-free soap onto it. Then simply scrub the head of the wand to clean it.
The better way to clean your Magic Wand is to use the UVee as both a sanitizer, and charging dock. As the UVee uses UV-C light to sanitize your wand, it won’t cause any water damage, but it’ll still kill 99.9% of germs!
The UVee Home Unit is designed to fit the Magic Wand.
How to Clean a Womanizer
Cleaning the womanizer can be a little tricky. The womanizer is made up of two parts; the head, and the body. The silicone head can be removed to thoroughly sanitize, but the body of the womanizer is not waterproof, and made from a different material (hard plastic). To clean the silicone head, remove it from the toy, and wash it thoroughly with toy-friendly soap and warm water. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the plastic body.
Of course, this method won’t thoroughly clean the Womanizer, so we do recommend using the UVee in this case; which will clean both the head, and the body of the Womanizer without using any water.
For those of you sharing your Womanizer with a partner, you should have a spare silicone head which you can swap out in between uses! This makes it way easier to share, and you don’t need to worry about cleaning until after you’re done.
How to Clean an Eva
The entire body of the Eva is made from medical-grade silicone. It can be safely washed with water and antibacterial soap. The Eva doesn’t do well on at extreme temperatures, so make sure to use warm water – not too cold, not too hot. As the entire body of the Eva is silicone, it’s important to store it securely, and on its own – helping to prevent damage and bacteria spreading.
How to Clean the Minna Limon
The Minna Limon is super cute; tiny, entirely silicone, and therefore easy to clean. Simply use water and soap, or disinfectant wipes. If using disinfectant, try to use something toy-friendly. Harsh chemicals and alcohols can not only harm your toy, but your body as well. Lastly, the Minna Limon should be stored separately from other toys to prevent damage.
How to Clean the G Spot Vibe
The G Spot Vibe is waterproof, and can be submerged fully in water, meaning you can wash it thoroughly under a running tap, or in the sink. Use a toy-safe cleaner, or gentle antibacterial soap. It’s important to wash the G Spot Vibe directly after use, and definitely in between uses when sharing. If you’re not wanting to ruin the mood by taking your toy to the kitchen or bathroom for a scrub, consider getting a UVee; have it next to the bed ready to store your vibe as soon as you’re done. The UVee will sanitize it in under 10 minutes using UV-C light. If you’re sharing your vibe, you can make sure it doesn’t run out of juice by charging it as it sanitizes. Find a way to pass the time (get creative) and in 10 minutes your vibe will be clean, charged and ready to use on your partner.
Clean Your Vibrator The Right Way
A vibrator can spice up your solo, and partnered sex life, adding a buzz and a kick to any play session. As adult toys can bring so much joy into our lives, it’s important to take care of them in return; ensuring their longevity, as well as protecting our own health and safety. Improperly cleaned toys can result in the spread of infection and disease, which is definitely a big price to pay for fantastic orgasms. Make sure you learn how to clean a vibrator the right way! Learn how to clean your sex toys in the most efficient way possible, and make getting down and dirty a clean, safe experience for you, and your partners.
It’s not so much of a secret these days. Quite a few women – married and single – have battery operated adult toys stashed in the bedside drawer. You know – sex toys, vibrators, dildos, whatever you want to call them. What was once considered dirty, obscene and shocking is now quite clean and decent – they’re even sold on the party plan.