9 Essential Tips For Cleaning Your Sex Toys
By Landon Funk
Lately, we have gotten a lot of questions on our blog and social media asking about how to clean your sex toys. I figured, why not write a post that can answer all of your questions? Sex toys help us experience pleasure, and cleaning them only enhances that pleasure. Check out these tips and tricks for cleaning your sex toys below, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment!
1. Avoid perfumed soaps or other cleaning supplies
I know you like to smell good, but your vagina, anus, penis, mouth, or any other part of your body probably doesn’t care. They just want to be free from agitation and stress - just like you - which can come from scented soaps and other products. To avoid this completely, use mild soap and a wash rag to clean your sex toys. Whenever I am not sure what the protocol is to wash a sex toy (i.e. I threw out the directions without reading them), I always default to using mild soap, water, and a washrag.
2. Wipe down leather toys
Similar to the first tip, all you need to do with your leather toys is wipe them down with mild soap and water. No, this will not hurt the leather. In fact, it will keep it in better shape so that it can last longer. The longer that leather lasts, the longer it can help you achieve the perfect orgasm.
3. If you are sharing your toys, boil them. (if not motorized)
Let’s say you want to share your newest sex toy with your best friend. You are telling them how much you LOVE getting off with it, and now they want to use it. As long as the toy is not motorized, all you have to do is boil it for about ten minutes and give it to your friend. Boiling gets rid of any bacteria, STIs, or other materials that could be harmful to you or your friend. Make sure to cover your bases and boil.
4. Wash before storing
To me, this feels like a no-brainer. Still, you would be surprised how many people do not wash their sex toys before storing. If this is currently you, don’t worry! It is never too late to start. We must always wash our sex toys before we store them because they can attract mold, dust, and other harmfuls that could be detrimental to your health the next time you use your toy.
5. Don’t completely submerge unless up to waterproofing standard
For some reason, sex toy companies love to fail waterproofing standards. Before you completely submerge your sex toy in a sink full of water, a pool, the ocean, etc., make sure you know for a fact that it is up to waterproofing standards. If the toy is not, then you put it at risk for breaking down. What is even worse is that companies won’t give you your money back if this happens because technically it was in the fine print when you bought it. I would avoid this all together and buy toys from Dame Products (all of their toys are up to snuff).
6. Use a sex toy special cleaning spray
I have never used one of these, so I can’t speak to how well they work. However, I can say that there are a TON of options for you if you want to use a sex toy cleaning spray. Some sprays even claim to enhance your sexual and/or masturbatorial experience.
7. Never, under any circumstance, put your sex toy in the dishwasher
It is all fun and games until someone loses a dildo. Dishwashers might seem like a good idea, but really they can melt your toy, ruining both your dishwasher and your sex toy. Really, it is a lose-lose, so just don’t do it.
8. Jelly rubber = use a condom
Jelly rubber is naturally porous and can retain A LOT of what it comes in contact with. Think of it like a sponge. It absorbs what is around it which includes your fluids and anyone else’s that might be using your sex toy. If your toy is made out of jelly rubber and you plan on sharing it, grab a condom and put it on the toy. In doing so, you ensure that you are not transferring any STIs or other harmful bacteria.
9. Use Uvee
After wiping down your sex toy with a mild soap, you can place it in UVee, a box that has UV-C light that kills 99.9% of bacteria found on sex toys. The great thing about this product is that it charges your sex toys and dries them. It is a classic triple-threat: cleaning, charging, and drying. Now, that is what I call innovation.