Although cleaning may not be the first thing on your mind when you select a sex toy, cleaning it regularly will ensure that you maintain its peak condition, prevent build-up of fluids and germs, and prevent bacteria transfer.
Ideally, all toys should be cleaned after each use, and before each use if it has been in storage for some time. As sex toys are products that inhabit some personal areas, it is a good idea to keep them as clean and hygienic as possible and in good nick.
A general rule of thumb for cleaning most sex toys involves:
- Wiping the toy down with toy cleaner or anti-bacterial soap and water
- Drying it with a soft, lint free cloth (If you don’t have a lint free cloth, you can let your toy air dry. This is the best way to maintain your toys and to avoid lint or residue from other objects from sticking to it)
- Storing it in its own lint free bag or original packaging
Different styles of sex toys require different cleaning methods:
You should clean your vibrator when bought new, and then after every time it’s used thereafter, and always remember to take out the batteries before cleaning.
Using toy cleaner such as the 4 in 1 Pure and Clean Misting Toy Cleaner or an anti-bacterial soap, clean your vibrator thoroughly getting into all the nooks and crannies.
If it is waterproof, you can submerge the toy in warm water – but if not, use a cloth and avoid the battery housing area.
Silicone toys can be cleaned via the above cleaning method, and non-vibrating silicone toys can also be sterilised by boiling them in water for three minutes.
Other soft, non-silicone toys
These toys should be washed with mild liquid soap and hot water, or toy cleaner. The material is semi-porous and cannot be sterilised like silicone can.
When it comes to male masturbators, toy cleaner should ideally be used to avoid the Cyberskin material losing its softness. It is a good idea to remove the inner sleeve and wash the pieces separately.
Also using Fleshlight Renewing Powder powder after cleaning will restore your Fleshlight back to its former glory. Regular use of Fleshlight Renewing Powder will keep your Fleshlight Masturbator soft and supple and fight stickiness.
Glass and Steel Toys
Non-porous, they can be used with any lubrication and are easily washed and dried with mild liquid soap and hot water, or toy cleaner.
For an extra deep clean, which may be desired when using anal toys, you can use a soap alongside a toy cleaner.
Is toy cleaner really necessary?
Many people swear by simply using soap and water, yet toy cleaner is raved about for good reason. It is made with de-ionised water, preventing water spots and soap build up. For extra protection, they often contain anti-bacterial properties and anti-fungal properties.
Toy cleaner is designed for one purpose, and therefore is safe for your body and not irritating. Some soap products can cause irritation and can even break down materials within the toy, which will mean your toy sadly won’t last as long.
We hope these tips have helped you to know the ins and outs of safety in sex toy cleaning, so you will be able to use your favourite sexual aids again and again.