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  • April 10, 2018 2 min read

    Have you ever wondered how to clean your sex toy and whether you're doing it wrong (if you're not cleaning it at all, you're playing it risky!). We've got the lowdown on keeping your favorite toy squeaky clean.

    You can clean many toys with soap and water after use. You don't need to use special soap, but you should avoid dyes or scents. You can buy specialty toy cleaners, but they're not necessary. Antibacterial cleaners need to sit on the surface of the toy for a couple of minutes to work. Then, scrub and rinse clean.

    Let air dry or use a microfiber cloth to dry materials such as silicone, which is known for being a lint-magnet.

    This method is good enough most of the time, but there is still microscopic debris (bacteria or even viruses such as HPV) on your toys after you wash them. They can live several days. This isn't an issue if you're the only one who uses a sex toy, but it can become an issue if:

    • You share toys with someone else
    • You use a toy both anally and vaginally

    Before you swap a toy with a partner or between orifices, you should do a more thorough cleaning. Fortunately, any nonporous can be sterilized. Nonporous materials include glass, silicone, metal, treated wood, and plastic. These toys have no pores (holes in the material that are too small to see), so they cannot harbor even invisible dirt. However, you need to fully sterilize them to ensure that it's safe to swap.

    There are several methods to choose from. If your toy has no motor or moving parts (dildos, plugs, and anal beads), you can put it in a container of boiling water for three minutes. You can also use the sterilize setting on your dishwasher if it has one. Place toys on the top rack without soap, and let the cycle run.

    For vibrators and other electric stimulators, submerging can mean the death of your toy. You definitely don't want to put them in the dishwasher, but you don't have to hold them in a boiling pot of water, either. Fill ten parts water to 1 part bleach in a spray bottle and Generously coat them kill any bacteria (this works for dildos, too). You may use a similar method to clean plastic children's toys. Be careful to completely rinse any bleach from the surface of the toy.

    Note that these methods do not disinfect porous toys. In fact, a toy made from PVC can even retain bleach molecules, which wouldn't be healthy to use!

    After cleaning your silicone toy, it is important to slap on some renewing powder to maintain its softness/realistic feel to the toy. It also sucks out any additional moisture, keeping it from degrading. A simple step, goes a long way! Keep your toys happy, keep you happy.

    Routine cleaning and periodic sterilizing of your sex toys keeps you healthy and happy.

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