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How to Clean Sex Toys – The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Adult Toys Safe

How to Clean Sex Toys – The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Adult Toys Safe to Play With
A few months ago, I got a UTI (urinary tract infection) because I didn’t clean my sex toys properly. According to a survey, 28% of people never clean sex toys despite the risk of yeast infections, bacterial buildup and sexually transmitted infections (if shared with a partner). This applies to men and women alike! Even if you clean your sex toys, are you doing it right? Different materials can mask germs in different ways, so even if you do your best to clean them, the toy may be full of snot. In this article, I’ll show you how to keep your sex toys clean and safe to use.

Trust me – you’ll learn a lot about sex toy hygiene when you give yourself a UTI.

Sex toys can be made from a variety of different materials, including wood, stainless steel, and ABS plastic. In this article, I will focus on the more common sex toy materials and show you how to clean.

-Vibrators (waterproof and non-waterproof)
-PVC, TPE and jelly rubber dildos
-Silicone sex toys
-Glass sex toys
-Flesh (and similar male sex toys).

I will also provide you with some general tips on how to clean sex toys and keep them sterile before placing them in/around your genitals. Let’s get started!
How to clean a vibrator
If you have an electric electronic toy like a vibrator, the first thing you need to do is determine if it is waterproof. Some electric sex products, such as the famous Hitachi Magic Wand vibrator, cannot be submerged due to their electronics.

On the other hand, products like the Lelo Nea 2 are 100% waterproof, so you can submerge them in water without damaging the electronics. This also applies to certain vibrating toys for men, such as the Aneros Vice 2.

Do some Google searches, check the manual, or call the manufacturer to find out if your sex toy is waterproof. I’ve done a section below on waterproof and non-waterproof vibrators.

Some vibrators advertise themselves as “splash proof”, which basically means you can use them in the shower if they are not too wet. Do not submerge “splash proof” toys in water as they can be damaged.

Cleaning waterproof vibrators
If your vibrator is 100% waterproof, it will be much easier to clean. Almost all materials of the vibrator should be completely wiped down with a mild soap. My personal recommendations are to

1. fill the sink with warm soapy water (mild unscented antibacterial soap)
2. Place the waterproof vibrator in the sink
3. Use a clean cloth (or hands) to massage the soap into the toy and make it clean
4. Empty the sink and rinse off the toy
5. Pat it with a towel and let it air dry


There are other products, such as sex toy wipes and sex toy cleaners, that can help keep bacteria out of toys – there’s no difference between uses, but washing properly with soap is always the best option.

While there are other methods of cleaning sex toys, such as bleaching and boiling, vibrators need to be handled with care due to their mechanical components. Just because a vibrator is waterproof, doesn’t mean it’s boiling waterproof!
Some products claim to be dishwasher safe, but I personally wouldn’t want to clean a sex toy in the dishwasher. It works, but I’ve also heard many horror stories about melted dildos. Check this sex toy dishwasher guide for more information.

Cleaning Non-Waterproof Vibrators
If a vibrating toy cannot be submerged in water, it will need to be cleaned with great care. Usually, the best cleaning advice is to

1. Take a clean cloth and immerse it in warm soapy water (a mild, unscented antibacterial soap)
2. Wipe the toy thoroughly with a damp cloth (avoid buttons/electrical ports, etc.).
3. Pat dry and air dry with a towel.

Sex toy wipes can also be used, but a wet cloth soaked in antibacterial soap is just as good, if not better (and cheaper for the sight!) .

When cleaning sex toys, try using a mild antibacterial soap with no scent. Basically, you usually want the mildest, gentlest soap that also has antibacterial properties.

If part of the toy appears to be waterproof, such as a silicone dildo vibrator with an electronic button on the base, then carefully rinse the body of the toy under a faucet if you want to make sure water is kept away from any exposed areas. Electronics.
Cleaning PVC, TPE and jelly rubber dildos
If you have an inexpensive dildo, it can be made from materials like PVC, TPE, TPR or “jelly rubber”. Although the properties of these products are slightly different, they all have one thing in common – they are made of porous material. Porous materials are filled with small holes (pores) where bacteria can crawl in and flourish.

Dildos and sex toys made from PVC, TPE and jelly rubber are nearly impossible to clean thoroughly. They also usually contain harmful phthalates. As a general rule, I recommend that you avoid these products.

It is impossible to thoroughly disinfect these toys – we can clean the surface, but their porous nature means that bacteria and mold can hide deep inside the toy. The easiest way to avoid health hazards from these toys is to use them with condoms, but there are some warnings about using condoms on sex toys.

If you are willing to take the risk of using porous sex toys, clean them as follows.

1. Fill the sink with warm soapy water (mild unscented antibacterial soap)
2. Place the toy in the sink
3. Use a clean cloth (or hands) to massage the soap into the toy
4. Empty the sink and rinse the toy well.
5. Pat it with a towel and let it air dry.

Sadly, toys made from these materials are not suitable for bleaching or boiling, so you will be stuck with surface soap for hand washing. If you can afford it, I recommend using a high quality silicone dildo – much more hygienic.
Please be careful how you store sex toys made of inexpensive materials, as these toys will often “melt” and leak oil if not stored properly.

How to clean silicone sex toys,more infomation mytoyfirst Sex Toys For Men website
Silicone is the holy grail of sex toy materials – it’s non-porous and non-toxic, making it incredibly safe for humans and easy to keep clean. Silicone can be made in a variety of shapes, colors, styles and densities, making it a favorite material for many mid-range and higher-level sex toy manufacturers.

Assuming your silicone toy is not electric (if this is the case, see the section on vibrators above), there are several potential cleaning methods you can use. You do not need to sterilize your silicone sex toy to death every time you use it, but you should consider cleaning it from time to time (in addition to cleaning it regularly).

All sex toys are manufactured slightly differently, so it’s best to check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your particular product. If in doubt, use a low-risk cleaning method.

Soap and Water
For regular cleaning before and after use, using a mild soap is fine. Any bacteria living on sex toys may be on the surface, so this simple cleaning method will suffice:.

1. fill the sink with warm soapy water (mild unscented antibacterial soap)
2. Submerge the silicone toy in the water
3. Dry with a clean cloth (or your hands) and scrub the toy with soap
4. Rinse off the toy
Allow to air dry in a well-ventilated room.

Silicone is not porous, but microporous, which basically means it will not contain bacteria, but it may carry an odor. This is especially true if you’re using a silicone sex toy anally-it may be clean and bacteria-free, but it starts to smell like ass. It’s safe to use, but who wants a toy that smells like shit?

When I used coconut oil on the Aneros Helix Syn Trident silicone prostate massager, I found that the micropores would stick to the nasty ass smell and the crystallized coconut oil. I had to boil the toy to get rid of these problems. Sex toys are hard to maintain.

If you want to keep this silicone toy as good as new, follow these steps to boil the sex toy.

1. Pour a large pot of water into a tumbler and bring it to a boil
. 2. Carefully place the silicone toy into the boiling pot
3. Set aside for about 10 minutes (continue to heat)
4. occasionally turn the toy with a wooden spoon (or something similar) to expose all surfaces
. 5. After 10 minutes, drain the pan and carefully remove the toy (it may be hot!)
6. Rinse the toy with cool water
7. Consider giving the toy an extra soap and water wash (optional)
8. Air dry in a well-ventilated room

Some sources indicate a boiling time of 3-4 minutes, but I think 10 minutes gives the toy enough time to be thoroughly disinfected. Although I wash my silicone toys once after each use, I tend to boil them every 4-5 uses to keep them fresh and fragrant. This also applies to toys made of medical grade hard plastic (such as ABS plastic).