Who has time to clean a sex toy?
After an incredible release of delight, you most likely toss your sex toy aside, shoving it in a drawer somewhere until you’re ready for your next adventure. The thought of cleaning a toy that only you will use sounds like a waste of time, and so it goes unwashed until the next round.
This kind of behavior might be convenient, but it comes with its own host of complications. No matter if you use your sex toy during masturbation or with another partner, you should always clean it after every use. Aside from the transmission of STDs, STIs, and those pesky yeast infections, forgoing a regular cleaning can lead to the breakdown of the device’s material, making it useless.
With a few quick-and-easy steps, you can keep your sex toys in the best shape of their lives, delivering the wonderful sensations they were meant to arouse.
What Happens When You Don’t Clean Your Sex Toys
You wouldn’t want your pleasure device to turn into something that gives you pain, but if you forgo a good wash, that’s exactly what could end up happening.
Good and bad bacteria live in and around your genitals, promoting a happy, healthy environment. What isn’t healthy is when those same particles of bacteria transfer to your toy and stay there. Caked up on the toy’s surface, these particles can lead to bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and (if you share the toy with a partner) the transfer of an STD or STI.
The sex toy can also change in composition, color and strength. Think peeling silicone and weaker motors. Get to know your pleasure device in and out of the bedroom with a few healthy habits so that you can keep the good vibes flowing.
Porous or Non-Porous? That Is the Cleaning Question
Your toys will thank you when you remember to give them a bath every now and then. Overall, the entire process should only take a few minutes and will ensure that your toy stays in tip-top shape for years.
Before you begin cleaning, it’s important to know what kind of material the toy is made out of. Devices can be porous or nonporous, which can guide you in how to take care of them. Porous materials include hard plastic, neoprene, jelly rubber, vinyl, acrylic and elastomer.
It’s especially recommended to wash porous sex toys because they easily trap and hold onto bacteria. This can become a major concern when you’re sharing toys with your partner.
These kinds of materials are also sensitive to heat and could end up warped if you choose to stick them in the dishwasher. Keep it simple with a soapy rinse in the sink. Using mild, fragrance-free soap and warm water, wipe down the body of the toy, rubbing the soap in between ridges and curves.
Nonporous toys are considered those that are made from silicone, glass, stainless steel and Pyrex. These devices can handle more heat, and most can be boiled, placed in the top rack of the dishwasher, or washed by hand. Certain glass forms may deteriorate in the heat, so always be sure to check the box or online site for toy-specific cleaning instructions.
Avoid a dead battery situation by ensuring you don’t submerge motorized toys fully. Unless it states that the toy is waterproof, you’ll want to steer clear of fully covering the toy in water.
Once your sex toys have been rinsed, you can place them on a clean towel to air-dry and go about your day. By the time you return, they’ll be smooth and dry, ready for the next escapade.
Each toy is unique and requires its own set of cleaning instructions that can vary from the basic method mentioned above. The material, shape and internal motor are all factors that can affect how the toy responds to a wipe-down.
How to Clean Sex Toys
How to Clean a Dildo
Dildos come in a variety of styles, providing a wide range of sensations and pleasure. Because of their manual, non-vibrating nature, a simple wash-and-go technique can be applied. Using a mild soap and warm water, submerge the toy and rub down the surface with a washcloth or your hands.
If you don’t have time to get your hands wet, you can even use a sex toy cleaner like Intimate Earth’s Tea Tree Oil Foaming Spray, which replaces the harsh chemicals of parabens and alcohols with Guava Bark extract, a natural astringent. Take care to avoid any harsh abrasives as this can scratch and tear the toy. If the outer body is made of silicone, Pyrex or stainless steel, you can also throw that bad boy in a pot of boiling water. But make sure to stay close; you don’t want to end up like this guy who almost burned down his kitchen.
How to Clean a Vibrator
Keep the buzz in your favorite vibrator by avoiding submerging the toy. Unless it states that it’s 100 percent waterproof, take care to keep the battery compartment out of the stream of water. Using a soft cloth and gentle soap, you can rub down the exterior to remove any leftover residue.
The We-Vibe Clean Spray is also an excellent option since its dermatologically-tested formula reduces odor and is perfect for toys that are sensitive to harsh chemicals like alcohol.
How to Clean a Fleshlight
A combination of high-quality mineral oil and rubber fibers, Fleshlights have created a whole new avenue to enjoy the pleasure of anal, oral and vaginal sex without a partner. But just like any other sex toy, it needs to be thoroughly washed to avoid infection and deterioration. Once you have finished releasing yourself, it’s important to remove the rubbery interior and turn it inside out.
Run the sleeve under warm water and spray on a generous amount of the Fleshlight Fleshwash, a non-greasy anti-bacterial formula, specially designed to clean the material without deteriorating it over time. Take it one step further and keep the interior silky soft and realistic with the Renewing Powder. Coated on top of the rubber, the powder will make sure each bout of fun feels like the first time.
Clean and Store Your Sex Toys
If you spent time cleaning your toys but casually throw them in your sock drawer, you might end up with lint or (if you didn’t dry them fully) mildew on the surface that can later irritate your sensitive spots. Sex toy storage keeps toys in pristine condition, making each sexual journey a smooth, clean and fun one.
If you’re looking for a clean-and-store option, UVEE’s Home Play Toy Cleaner uses UV rays to zap away any micro-bacterial residue in 10 minutes. With a childproof lock and built-in USB outlets, you can safely guard all of your toys in one kit. There’s even a travel option for those who like their pleasure on the go. In under 5 minutes, you can clean, sanitize and store your toy collection, all in a discreet, locked box.
It’s time to get your toys clean and ready for action! Get into the habit of rinsing your devices after play time, and you’ll be enjoying orgasmic action for years to come.
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