SEX TOY 101 - Clean Your Damn Toys!
Improperly cleaning your sex toys can result in a costly mistake. It can cause infections, or you can ruin your toys. You want to be thorough but careful when cleaning your toys to ensure that you can use them safely for a long time to come.
Method 1: Soap and Water
Nearly all toys can be cleaned with good old fashioned soap and water. Stainless steel, hard plastic, pyrex, and silicone toys usually only require soap and water. Be sure to wash your hands before you begin cleaning them, and use a clean towel to dry them when you are done.
Realskin or Ultraskin is also a popular material for toys these days. This material is porous, so be sure to only use mild soap. If you plan to share your toys with someone else, it’s important to use a condom in addition to cleaning it due to its porous nature.
Method 2: Boiling
If you want to be 100% sure your toy is germ free, you may want to boil them. Most stainless steel, pyrex, and silicone toys can be boiled safely, but be sure to check your manual or look up the cleaning directions online to be sure.
You may want to boil your toys once a month or six months for a deep clean, but it isn’t really necessary. However, it is a good idea to boil them if you are sharing, or simply use a condom over the toy.
Method 3: Dishwasher
Generally speaking, if it's safe to boil a toy then it should be safe to put it in the dishwasher. Again, you’ll want to make sure that there are no warnings against high temperatures for your toy before doing so.
If you choose to use the dishwasher, do not use detergent. If needed, wash them with soap and water first, then run them through the dishwasher to sanitize them.
Method 4: Toy Cleaner
A toy cleaner can be a great investment, particularly if you value convenience or use your toys often. Toy cleaners are designed to disinfect safely without harming your toys, and they are safe for realskin toys as well. It comes in particularly handy when you are done with your toys and don’t want to immediately get out of bed to clean them.
Submerging or Boiling Motorized Toys
If your toy is motorized and isn’t waterproof, you’ll need to clean it with soap and water or a toy cleaner. You should be able to safely run a small amount of water over it to clean it, but do not attempt to submerge it in water.
It isn’t recommended to boil most motorized toys, even if they are waterproof. The heat can damage the motor of the toy.
Keeping Them Clean
You should clean your toys before and after each use, especially if they aren’t being stored properly. You should keep your toys in a case or a silk bag. At the very least, use toy cleaner or plain water before you use your toys, and properly clean them as soon as you are finished.
Keeping your toys clean will keep them and you going strong. Enjoy your toys and make the effort to clean them properly. It’s well worth it.