How To Clean Sex Toys: Get Tips On How To Clean Every Type of Sex Toy Based On The Sex Toy Material.
Updated: Jun 14
Sex toys are fun to buy once you finally figure out which one to choose. And sex toys can bring incredible amounts of joy when you know how to use sex toys! But sex toys can also harbor infection if not cleaned properly after use, which is clearly not so sexy!
Although cleaning sex toys might not be the hottest thing in the world, it’s an essential part of good sexual health. So, we’re going to talk about it!
Once you’ve had your fun with your toy (or toys) of choice, it’s important to know how to clean them to ensure that they don’t collect bacteria and transmit any kind of infections.
However, it’s not just a “quick rinse under the tap” kind of situation, and different sex toys need different types of cleaning! But don’t panic, we’re going to be running through everything and give you a comprehensive guide on how to properly clean sex toys, so you can be both safe and fully pleasured!
The Materials Used For Sex Toys
Before we dive into how to clean your sex toys, it’s first important to take a quick look at the different types of materials used in adult toys to ensure that you are choosing ones that are the safest and least likely to cause problems and cause infections.
The Best Materials:
Here are the top three best (and safest) materials for adult toys to be made out of, two of which we use in our own Alora products! So, if you’re looking for sex toys, make sure you’re looking for ones made out of these materials!
Medical Grade Silicone
Silicone is by far the best material for sex toys (the bendy kind) to be made out of since it’s durable and safe. Medical-grade silicone is the safest kind, but food-grade silicone is also deemed safe.
Stainless steel, used in harder, more stiff sex toys is a great choice due to the fact that it’s not porous, easy to clean, and safe for all, including those with sensitive skin.
Although glass sex toys aren’t that common, if you are going to choose a glass toy, make sure it’s borosilicate glass! This type of glass is not porous, it’s free from toxins, and it’s safe and clean.
The Worst Materials (That You Need To Avoid At All Costs):
Jelly is a low-cost material, and therefore, many companies use it so they can increase their profits. However, it’s really not a material that should be used in adult toys since it contains phthalates, which have been linked with not only causing reactions, but also considered a “probable human carcinogen,” by the FDA.
Rubber, a latex material, is often used in sex toys and should be steered clear of at all costs due to the fact that it can cause allergic reactions and is porous, meaning it’s susceptible to bacteria growth.
How To Clean Sex Toys
Now you know the lowdown on the best and worst materials used in sex toys, it’s time for you to soak up some knowledge on how to clean sex toys - we will be looking at silicone vibrators, dildos, stainless steel anal sex toys, and male masturbators in particular!
Important information first: you should always remove any batteries before cleaning a toy, and never put electrical components in water, and toys should always be kept in a clean container or pouch to keep them clean and safe, as BWell Health at Brown University recommends.
How To Clean Silicone Sex Toys
Although we’re going to be taking a look at individual types of silicone sex toys and how to clean them properly, seeing as silicone is a non-porous material, all you need to hand is simply some mild antibacterial soap and a damp cloth!
How To Clean A Dildo
Seeing as most dildos are not motorized and are fully waterproof, like our Alora Dildo, there are several ways that you can clean them!
You can either take a mild, antibacterial soap (that has to be fragrance-free to ensure it doesn’t cause any irritation or reaction), and fully submerge the dildo (as long as it’s not electronic - we can’t stress this enough!), and gently clean the dildo with your hands or a clean cloth.
Alternatively, you can submerge the dildo in boiling water (only if it’s made from medical-grade silicone) to clean the bacteria from it and sterilize it.
Or, you can use an antibacterial wipe if you’re on the go! Just once again, make sure the wipe is fragrance-free and properly wash the dildo when you have the opportunity.
How To Clean A Vibrator
Vibrators clearly have electrical components, whether they have a charging cable and port or they require batteries. So, you should never fully submerge them or boil them.
Instead, all you need to do to clean a vibrator is take a clean damp cloth, add a small amount of fragrance-free, anti-bacterial soap, and gently clean with your hands.
But, just because you can’t fully submerge it doesn’t mean you should do a half-assed job, make sure you clean it sufficiently and rinse all of the soapy residue off.
How To Clean Anal Sex Toys
Although you need to clean every sex toy after each use, the importance of cleaning anal sex toys after use is paramount to ensure that you’re safe, especially if the toy can be used in both the vagina and anus or if you plan on sharing the toy with your partner. This is due to the fact that penetrative anal sex, even with the use of sex toys, increases the likely hood of infections since the anal lining is thin and easily damaged.
Cleaning butt plugs, the most common type of anal sex toy on the market, is pretty easy though. You should only ever use stainless steel butt plugs, as the material, as mentioned early, is much less likely to cause infections or reactions, and it’s non-porous, meaning it’s super simple to clean.
To clean a butt plug, the best thing you can do is submerge the plug into boiling water for 10-15 minutes, then remove and dry. However, if you are concerned or can visibility see discharge or fecal matter on the plug, you can wash it with mild antibacterial soap using a clean damp cloth before submerging it into boiling water.
How To Clean Male Sex Toys - The Male Masturbator
Male masturbators, also known as pocket pussies and fleshlights, are incredibly popular male sex toys. However, research by Adam & Eve showed that only 57% of men clean their sex toys after use - not ideal, to say the least!
Cleaning your male masturbator is super quick and easy, so there’s no excuse not to! All you need to do is remove the sleeve, wash it with mild, fragrance-free, antibacterial soap, ensuring you remove any fluids on it.
Then make sure you clean out the case that the sleeve fits into, to ensure no fluids escaped into this section.
Let the two parts air-dry on their own, and do not put the toy back together until both parts are fully dry.
How Often Should You Clean Sex Toys?
There’s only one answer to this question - every single time after use. You should always, always clean a toy after using it to ensure no bacteria is left to harbor on the toy, therefore minimizing the risk of infection.
To make sure you’re super safe, giving your sex toy a quick clean before use is also advised, just make sure you remove any soapy residue before use.
How Should You Store Your Sex Toys?
You can store your sex toys pretty much however you see fit, as long as they are in a clean, bacteria-free, dust-free space. Some people like to keep them somewhere super clean in their room (go for it if you’re all about putting them on display!), whilst others like to keep them in clean toy bags so they can hide them discreetly away. The best option is, of course, putting your toys into a sealable bag to ensure that it’s not in contact with any perfumes, oils, bacteria-laden surfaces (each one in its own bag if possible!).
How To Stay Super Safe Using Sex Toys - Use A Condom!
As well as ensuring that every time you use a sex toy you give it a good clean, you can protect yourself even more by using a condom with your sex toy. This is especially useful if you’re going to be sharing your sex toy with a partner. For example, use a condom on the toy when you use it, then discard that condom and apply a new condom for your partner to use.
A little extra protection is always useful, especially if you’re someone that wants to be as safe and as clean as possible!
Feel Dirty, But Stay Clean!
Now you’re all clued up on how to properly clean your sex toys, you’re all set to enjoy them without any worries - yes, you can feel dirty but still stay clean, and in fact, it’s essential!
If you have any sex toy cleaning questions or any specific tips on how you clean your toys, let us know! We would love to hear from you.