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Unveiling the Essentials: How to Clean Sex Toys

by Emily Morrison 06 Oct 2023
Unveiling the Essentials: How to Clean Sex Toys

Starting to explore with a new vibrator or using dildos needs a basic knowledge of keeping them clean. A crucial step before enjoying some alone time or fun with a partner is making sure your sex toys are thoroughly cleaned.

What Materials are Easiest to Clean?

Before buying a new toy, it's good to think about how easy it will be to clean. Nonporous materials like silicone are better because they don't keep harmful bacteria. Porous materials in sex toys could be hard plastic, elastomer, thermoplastic elastomer (TPR), and jelly rubber, which can hold onto bacteria even after cleaning.

Is Soap and Warm Water Enough to Clean Your Sex Toys?

Most experts agree that using a gentle soapy washcloth and warm water can clean most sex toys well. This way works well for silicone, stainless steel, or glass toys, whether they have motors or not. This simple cleaning method is usually enough for nonporous toys to get them ready for next time.

Trying Out Sex Toy Cleaners:

While a soapy washcloth works, a specialized sex toy cleaner could give a more thorough cleaning. It's important to make sure the cleaner is safe for your toy's material and avoid any with strange or harmful ingredients.

Be sure not to get toy cleaners on your genitals and avoid using harsh cleaners like bleach, especially since the genital area is sensitive.

Other Cleaning Methods: Dishwasher or Boiling Water?

It might sound easy to clean toys in a dishwasher or boil them, but be careful. Not all toys can handle high temperatures, especially vibrators and some plastics. But nonporous toys made of silicone, glass, or stainless steel without motors can be put in the dishwasher or boiled for a deep clean.

UV Light Sterilization:

If you're into tech, UV sterilizers are there to help clean. They're good at killing bacteria, but it's still good to wipe your toy with a soapy washcloth to remove any bodily fluids or dust.

Wipe Cleaning:

Sex toy wipes are handy for a quick clean, but should be followed by a deeper clean with a toy cleaner or soap and warm water later on.

How Often to Clean:

Cleaning your sex toys after every use is a must to prevent bacteria buildup, which could cause infections, especially since the genital area is sensitive.

How to Store Your Sex Toys:

Storing your sex toys properly after cleaning is very important. Keeping them in cases, bags or boxes will help keep them clean until you use them again. Store your toys with care, like you would with other personal items like menstrual cups.

Learning how to clean and store your sex toys properly is important for many reasons. Firstly, it helps in making your toys last longer so you get to save money in the long run. Secondly, it's about keeping yourself healthy and safe every time you use them, which is really important.

Just like you take care of other valuable things you own, taking care of your sex toys involves cleaning them regularly. This way, they stay in good condition, ready to provide a safe and enjoyable experience whenever you wish to use them. By doing this, you're making sure every fun moment with your toy is as safe as it is enjoyable. Keeping your toys clean and stored properly means you’re looking after your sexual health, and at the same time, ensuring each use is as exciting as the first.

Emily Morrison
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