Think of cleaning your toys the same way you think of peeing after sex. Your sex toys deserve the same attention. Toys that are stored away with bodily fluids can naturally lead to the spread of bacteria.
Besides reducing infections, cleaning your toys also helps keep your toys in the best shape. Not cleaning your toys properly can lead to the material and motor to degrade over time.
How to Clean Your Body-Safe Sex Toys Properly
First things first, you would need to determine what materials your toys are made of. This information should be found on the toy’s packaging, if not you can contact us at [email protected]
Keep an eye out for these terms:
- Porous vs. non-porous: Avoid using porous toys! Bacteria can get trapped inside the toy even after cleaning. This includes materials such as TPE or PVC. Non-porous toys are much safer and include materials such as silicone, glass, and stainless steel.
- Medical grade materials: It’s is the highest quality and safest of sex toy materials.
Follow these guidelines once you know what materials your toys are made of:
- Silicone, glass, stainless steel, ABS plastic, or wood—and it’s motorized: Use the same mild antibacterial soap that you would use on your body and a damp cloth to wipe the toy clean.
- Silicone, Pyrex, stainless steel, or stone—and it’s not motorized: For a deeper clean, place in boiling water for eight to 10 minutes. You can also run your toys through the dishwasher , on the top rack, without soap. The steam will get them nice and clean.
What About Sex Toy Cleaners?
With toy cleaners, you can make sure your toys are squeaky clean from the comfort of your bed. You would want to focus on water-based cleaners instead of oil-based and silicone-based cleaners. Oil and silicone based cleaners are known to break down the silicone on your toys. These are our top water-based toy cleaners:
Your Toys Are Now Cleaned, So What About Storage?
An essential part of keeping your toys clean is storage. Once you’ve cleaned your toys, dry them with a clean towel then store them in a toy case or a silk bag to protect from dust and bacteria. A lot of toys come with a storage bag, or you can even use the box the toy came in. However, if you did not keep the box and your toy did not come with a storage bag, there are plenty options to choose from like the ones listed below.
When you have your toy stored away in its case, you can store it away anywhere. Just be carefully NOT to store your toys near may have oils, powders, and perfumes. Toys can potentially pick up irritants that can end up in your body, damage your device, or both.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I clean my sex toys?
You should wash your toys before you store them away.
It is preferred to clean your toys after each use, but often in post-sex bliss, we forget to clean our toys. Before you store them away in a safe place, at bare minimum rinse them off. You may want to rinse them before use as well, depending on how you store them. There may be dust particles and lint on the surface.
How do I clean my sex toys?
Depends on the materials your toy is made of and whether it is waterproof.
Porous materials have microscopic pores that bacteria gets into – which means these toys can never be fully cleaned. For this reason toys should not be shared between yourself and another person. You can read more about materials here.
Porous toys should be washed with warm water and a mild soap and should be dried fully with a clean towel before storage.
Do I submerge, or not submerge in water?
Waterproof toys can be cleaned in a bowl of soapy water and submerged with no problem. If you are unsure whether your toy is waterproof, please check the toy’s packaging, the manufacturers website, or contact us at [email protected]
If in doubt, run only the parts of your toy that you need to clean under running water.
Can I boil my sex toys?
If your toy is made from pure silicone, metal or glass and is motorless, then you can sterilise your toy by placing it in a pot of boiling water for five to ten minutes. Don’t handle any freshly boiled toys with your hands – metal and glass retain heat and could easily burn you.
What is the difference between cleaning and sterilizing my sex toys?
Cleaning your toys rids them of any residual liquids or substances on the surface of your toys. Sterlising gets rid of all bacteria on toys. It is best to sterlise when you plan to use your toy for vaginal use after anal use, or if you want to share you toy with a partner. Boil to sterilize, if possible.
Still unsure, feel free to drop us an email at [email protected] and we will happily advise.