You give your toys lots of love, playtime, lube, and attention… but how do you clean your sex toys?
There are lots of ways to clean and sanitize your toys to keep them in good condition. Which method you choose depends on the material of your toy. So let’s look at options… I love options!
The wipe down method works well for most toys. Grab a clean soft cloth and a 10% bleach solution and wipe down your toy. You can also use an antibacterial soap and hot water with your soft cloth (the antibacterial soap needs to sit on the toy for a few minutes to work). Toy cleaner or antibacterial wipes can also be used. For the toys with hard to clean crevices, try using a soft toothbrush. Be sure to rinse well with water after the cleaning wipe down and let dry before storing.
Some of your non-porous toys (silicone, metal, glass, pyrex, stainless steel) can be boiled to thoroughly sanitize. Wipe down the toys to remove organic matter prior. Gently place them in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, preferably in a steamer basket so they don’t touch the bottom of the pan. After you take it out of the water, lay it out to dry completely before storing it. Make sure you don’t boil any toys that have a battery compartment or any electrical system.
Put your toys in the top rack of the dishwasher and let it do the work. Don’t use any type of detergent – dishwashing detergent is too harsh and other types can cause too many suds. Be sure to choose the ‘sanitize’ cycle since it is the only one that will get hot enough to properly clean the toys. Be sure not to put any toys with battery compartments or electrical systems in the dishwasher.
Some toys are not cut out for soap. Many of the realistic materials (UR3, Fleshlight, etc.) just need a good rinse with warm water. Follow this up with a powdering of cornstarch or the toy powder that came with the toy. Since these are very porous, they can’t ever be sanitized and shouldn’t be shared with partners or anally/vaginally without a condom. (Check to make sure that you are using a non-lubricated condom or one lubricated with a water based lube to avoid a reaction with the toy.)
Store your toys in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Always remove any batteries before storing.
Happy playtime loves!