How to Clean a Dildo: A Guide to Cleaning Every Kind of Dildo & Tips on Dildo Cleaner


Dildos are heavenly (oh yes, if you don’t believe us, check out our article on how to use them and enjoy!), but you always need to be practicing safe sex, even with toys! When it comes to being safe with toys, one of the most important things to do is practice proper hygiene!


You need to be cleaning all of your sex toys - cleaning your toys is absolutely essential in order to ensure that they don’t harbor any type of bacteria and give you or any other partners any infections.


In this article, we’re going to be focusing on how to clean dildos, since they are made from a variety of materials, and there’s a range of different types of dildos, meaning each type needs to be cleaned differently. So, let’s get into it and take a look at how to clean a dildo!


How To Clean A Silicone Dildo

Silicone is the safest, best material for sex toys to be made from, hence why we use silicone in our Alora products! So, firstly, a great choice for choosing a silicone dildo - you’re on the right track! Silicone is phthalate-free and non-porous, meaning it’s less likely to carry bacteria (although it still needs to be washed properly!).


Silicone dildos are incredibly simple and easy to clean too!


If you have a non-electrical, non-motorized silicone dildo, you can fully submerge the dildo in warm water. Once submerged, clean the dildo with mild antibacterial soap either with your hands or with a clean cloth.


You can also put the dildo in a pan or bowl of boiling water as this will sterilize it and ensure it’s bacteria-free.


If you have a motorized or electrical dildo, you can do exactly the same thing, just make sure you don’t fully submerge the dildo!


How To Clean A Glass Dildo

Glass dildos are becoming more and more common, especially in the more spiritual sex toy world, so you may possibly have one and therefore need to know how to clean it!


Glass is another safe option for sex toys since it’s also non-porous! However, you do need to make you go for a borosilicate glass toy - this type of glass is completely free from toxins and therefore safe.


If you have a glass dildo, you can wash it pretty much in the same way that you would with a silicone dildo - you can wash it under warm water with mild antibacterial soap, and of course, you can fully submerge it because it won’t be motorized.


How To Clean A Rubber Dildo

Although rubber is often used to make sex toys, it’s not the best material for sex toys to be made from. Rubber is a latex material and therefore it can cause allergic reactions and irritation, not to mention that it’s also porous, meaning it is likely to harbor bacteria and promote infection.


Since rubber is porous, if you have this kind of dildo, you need to make sure that you clean it well! You can use mild antibacterial soap and warm water and wash with your hands or a damp cloth. However, to clean a rubber dildo properly, you may want to use a soft toothbrush to ensure that any bacteria or debris is removed and not stuck in the material!


How To Clean A Jelly Dildo

Jelly is a popular material choice for sex toys since it’s low-cost. However, it’s to be avoided at all costs! Jelly is not only porous, but it also contains phthalates! Phthalates are chemicals linked with causing allergic reactions, and the FDA even states them as probable human carcinogens.


So, if you’ve not already got a jelly dildo, choose a dildo made from a different kind of material (silicone is fab!). However, if you do already have one, you will know how to wash it.


Jelly toys are hard to clean since they often harbor bacteria and can even get lint or dust stuck to them. Therefore, you need to clean them incredibly well - spend a minimum of 5 minutes washing a toy if it’s made from jelly.


You can wash a jelly toy with warm water, mild antibacterial soap. Wash it with a clean cloth, and wash it hard! To reduce the likelihood of bacterial existing on the dildo, you can even use an antibacterial wipe in addition to the wash, or clean it with a specific sex toy cleansing soap.



How To Clean An Ejaculating Dildo

Ejaculating dildos, also known as squirting dildos, are similar to regular dildos but have a reservoir inside them that can be filled with fake semen, which is then shot out of the top of the dildo in order to replicate real ejaculation.


Ejaculating dildos are much harder to clean than standard dildos since they have an internal reservoir. But don’t panic! All you need to do is get some warm soapy (mild antibacterial of course!) water and flush out the internal reservoir - make sure you flush it out several times with water to make sure the soap doesn’t get stuck in there and cause irritation in the future.


Then, clean the outside of the dildo vigorously - most ejaculating dildos are made from PVC which is a porous material that therefore needs cleaning properly to ensure the majority of the bacteria is wiped from the toy.


The Best Sex Toy Cleaning Products Out There

Although washing your toys with soap and water is definitely enough to keep bacteria at bay (as long as you’re doing it right!), as mentioned above in relation to ejaculating dildos, you can use specific sex toy cleansers to clean your toys.


To help you out, we’ve put together a list of our top three favorite sex toy cleaning products out there!


Lelo Toy Spray

The Lelo Toy Spray is alcohol-free, paraben-free, and pH balanced, safe to use on plastic and silicone toys, as well as popular with a large number of people (it has fabulous reviews!).


Adam and Eve Misting Cleaner

The Adam and Eve Misting Cleaner is a 4 in 1 sex toy cleaner that’s antibacterial, deodorizing, disinfecting, and sanitizing! The mist can be used on a variety of materials and is non-greasy, non-alcoholic, and non-irritating.


UVee Home Play

If you’re happy to spend a little more, the UVee Home Play is the perfect sex toy cleaning device. This device uses ultraviolet light to properly disinfect up to ten toys within 10 minutes. It also works as lockable storage and can charge your toys at the same time. It’s perfect if you have a large collection of toys!



What To Do After Cleaning Your Dildo

Once you’ve properly cleaned your dildo, you’re going to know how to properly dry and store it. You should always let your toys simply air dry to ensure that no lint or material comes off towels or paper that you may otherwise try to dry them with.

Before putting your dildo away, you need to ensure that it’s fully dry in order to make sure no bacteria can gather on the toy - bacteria love warm, wet environments!


Once your toy is fully dry, you need to store your toy in a clean, dry, and dust-free space. You can either buy a specific toy bag to keep your dildo in, a resealable bag, or you can simply keep it in a clean drawer or surface.


How Often Should You Clean Your Dildo?

Now you know exactly how to clean your dildo, there’s no excuse to be unhygienic (was there really one anyway?) - you should clean your dildo after every single use. This rule goes for every toy that you have.


Some people even like to clean their toys before they use them, just to ensure that they’re as bacteria-free, lint-free, and fresh as possible.


If your dildo is made from good material and you clean it and store it properly, it will provide you with years and years of pleasure.


The Best Dildo Out There - The Alora Suction Cup Dildo!


The 7-inch Alora Suction Cup Dildo features dual-action technology that perfectly simulates a realistic penis. It also has an internal keel in order to properly hit the g-spot of either the vagina or the anus.


The dildo has an extreme suction cup and is fully waterproof so you can use it anywhere you like - in the shower, on the floor, even on a wall, or in the bath if that’s what you fancy!


As with all Alora products, the dildo is made from medical-grade silicone that’s completely body-safe. The dildo is also available in a wide range of colors -, beige, purple, and pink, so you can pick a color that suits your personal preference!