Imagine the scene, you’re basking in that fabulous post-orgasm afterglow, either alone or with a partner, either way you feel completely relaxed and content, and nothing else in the world seems to exist. How likely are you to then leap from under the covers and go wash the sex toy that helped make you feel so sleepy and satisfied? Chances are your answer is ‘absolutely no chance’, and that’s fine, so long as they don’t get put away and forgotten about until the next time.
Why it is Important to Clean Sex Toys After Each Use
From dildos and vibrators to butt plugs, cock rings and love eggs, without proper care sex toys can give the gift of STD’s and yeast infections as easily as they dish up ecstasy and orgasms. Although the risks are higher when you either share toys during one encounter, or use one toy in multiple places around your body, even straightforward use by one person can pose a threat if it isn’t washed pretty soon afterwards.
This may not sound remotely sexy but the good news is that caring for your sex toys is pretty straightforward and not at all time consuming, and a bonus fact is that regular cleaning extends the life of your toy; so once you establish a routine it’s easy to keep up with it.
Keep reading for essential tips on how to clean your sex toys properly, and safely.
Find answers to 2 key questions
Before you attempt to clean a sex toy you must know what material it is made from, and whether or not it runs from a motor. This information seriously affects how you clean each toy so don’t guess; if you are not sure do some research on the manufacturer’s website.
How to Clean Sex Toys Which Are Motorized
The safest and most efficient way to clean any sex toy with an electrical component is to use either a special cleaning spray, or wash gently with mild, preferably anti-bacterial soap and water before drying with a clean cloth.
Typically these sex toys are made from
- Stainless steel
- Hard plastic
How to Clean Sex Toys Which Have No Motor
If your toy has absolutely no capacity to move at all, no wires or a compartment for batteries then it has no motor you can choose to follow the directions for motor powered toys, or give them a more thorough clean if their material allows.
Glass toys: they can be submerged in warm soapy water but avoid moving them from hot to cold temperatures or it could shatter.
Pyrex, stone, silicone, stainless steel toys: after washing with soap and water these can be popped into the dishwasher [without soap] where the steam from a sterilizing cycle will work its magic. It is also good practice to sterilize toys which have been used anally, shared with someone else, or if you have recently had any kind of vaginal infection. As not all materials can take being sterilized this advice may be useful to guide which toys are used at certain times.
If you don’t have a dishwasher they can be boiled for 5 – 10 minutes instead. [Note – silicone toys can take this, but never boil or heat a silicone vibrator or you will damage its mechanics.]
Sex Toys Which Need Special Care
Cyberskin: Use the minimum amount of soap and water possible, as the material is pretty sensitive. After drying this really well dust it with corn flour to avoid it becoming sticky.
Porous materials: typically these are hard plastic, jelly rubber, elastomer and TPR (thermoplastic elastomer). Because they are porous no amount of washing or disinfecting can get them truly clean and safe, so they are best used with a condom, then wiped with a damp, slightly soapy cloth.
Cleaning Sex Toys With Other Products
On non porous toys some people like to use diluted bleach [10:1] on a cloth, wiping it over the toy after washing, while other swear by to soaking (non-motorized) toys in a cold water & bleach solution for 5minutes. Neither is necessary, but if it appeals remember to rinse the toy very well.
When it comes to other products the safest way to approach this is to only use something to clean your sex toys that you would generally use on your own genitals; which rules out anti-bac gels and disinfectant wipes. [There are also reports of silicone toys reacting badly to baby wipes, so best avoid those too.]
Post Cleaning Care of Your Sex Toys
After taking the time to wash your toys correctly you need to dry them completely with a non shedding cloth or a clean paper towel. If they still appear damp let them air dry, before checking for any splits, cracks or scratches which could harbor bacteria despite having been thoroughly cleaned.
If all is okay the toys should be stored in a dedicated bag or case in a cool, dry location. It may seem convenient to simply throw them into the bedside cabinet drawer, but why risk exposing them to bacteria, dust and pet hair?
That’s All There Is to It
Post pleasure sex toy care may not be the most erotic experience of your day but it is vital to protect your health so seriously worth the effort. Getting familiar with the fine details of things like the materials your favorite toys are made of is probably the most tiresome aspect; so when you treat yourself to something new don’t throw away that information leaflet that comes with it, or at least not before you read through and find out what is recommended in terms of cleaning and caring for your toy.
Sex toys are an investment, so taking care of them makes sense, not just for your health, but for your wallet too.