Cleaning and looking after your sex toys sex is vital for your health and safety, as well as the longevity of your toy. Once you’ve found your ideal sex toy, you’ll want to make sure that it lasts a long time and stays in top condition for years. Regardless if you’ve chosen a rabbit vibrator, a simple bullet, dildo, cock ring or something more complex like a sex machine, it’s essential that you know how to clean and care for them properly. Our Sex Toy Cleaning and Care Guide gives you tips and actions to take when cleaning and taking care of your items.
Prior to Use
Before you dive in, take a moment to visually inspect the toy. Make sure there are no cracks that could injure delicate tissue or store bacteria. Turn it on and make sure the batteries are strong or the charge is recent – there is nothing worse than getting halfway through a sexy session to have your favorite vibrator die out.
Make sure there’re no visible stains, hairs, fluff, pet fur anything that shouldn’t be there. Sniff it, if something seems off, you’ll know, and I would recommend replacing it immediately if you spot any major issues.
Always ensure your sex toys are cleaned before and after you use them for optimal hygiene.
The only thing you really need for the cleaning process is hot water, a good quality sex toy cleaner and a clean dry towel or kitchen roll. You can also use gentle antibacterial soap and water and rinse until all soap is removed.
To clean, give your toys a rinse or soak and then spray them with Naughty Possessions recommended our Toy Joy Organic Toy Cleaner (£5.00). Leave it for a minute or so, and then clean any stubborn areas (such as ridges or nodules) carefully with intimate or baby wipes, before rinsing all the cleaner off with warm water.
To dry, you can leave your it to air dry on clean kitchen roll or speed up the process by drying with a clean towel. Air drying is the best way to maintain your toys to and avoid lint or residue sticking to it. Get amazing offers on sex toys!
Anything non-porous such as silicone, stainless steel, borosilicate glass is easy to clean and normally a rinse and a toy cleaner wipe will be all you need. But there are other factors to keep in mind. Toys such as the Magic Wand that work via electricity should be wiped down, taking care not to get the cord wet. Toys that aren’t waterproof should not be submerged during washing and the batteries should be removed before cleaning. If you’re looking for something with less upkeep, stay away from porous toys, which are the hardest to clean because of the material they are made of.
By cleaning thoroughly and drying your toys completely, you will stop dust and bacteria build up and keep them looking, feeling and smelling like new.
DO clean your toys before and after use
DO use a sex toy cleaner for extra sanitation and peace of mind
DO remove any batteries and close the battery compartments before cleaning
DO leave your sex toys to air dry thoroughly (laid on kitchen paper is preferable), or dry with a clean towel
DON’T put your sex toys away before they are totally dry
DON’T leave your sex toys on a radiator or next to a heat source to dry
DON’T store your newly cleaned toys together –
Dealing with Odor
Body safe materials can sometimes still retain odors, especially when using anally. If the toy is made of silicone, glass or stainless, you can just boil them with a bit of vinegar and it should do the trick.
If the toy has a vibrator that you can’t remove, a little bit of 100% acetone rubbed with something soft like makeup remover pads will do the trick nicely as well. Ensure you wash this off with soap and water before use.
Where Should I Store My Sex Toys?
Storing a sex toy isn’t as easy as throwing them into your draw. You should always store sex toys separately in cool, dark places to avoid discoloration and even melting. Don’t worry, your sex toys are perfectly safe to use – but proper storage will ensure they last longer. Get offers and free shipping.
Rubber/PVC/TPE and Silicone toys should never be stored together in the same place (unless they’re in separate bags) because the materials will often cause a chemical reaction and melt or fuse together. If you currently store all of your sex toys together then they are more than likely to be damaged in some way. Separating your sex toys from each other using a sock or another similar fabric you can avoid damaging your them. It is essential that you discontinue using a toy that has been stored with others and been damaged as a result.
If you intend to store your toy for more than a few days, you should always remove the batteries.
It’s essential that you take into account what kind of lube you are planning on using with your sex toys. Do not use silicone or oil based lubricants with rubber or silicone toys as it can destroy the surface and ruin your toy. Silicone lubricant is great for use with many toys and safe for anal or vaginal use (skin on skin contact, no toys), but you do need to keep an eye on what materials you use it with.
Silicone Lubes – are safe to use with the following; ABS plastic, metal, glass, ceramic and latex (including condoms). However, it should not be used in conjunction with silicone toys, jelly rubber, PVC, TPE/TPR or Fleshlight ‘Real Feel Superskin’.
Water-Based Lubes – are safe to use with silicone, ABS plastic, jelly rubber, TPE/TPR, Fleshlight’s ‘Real Feel Super skin’, Tenga masturbators, PVC, latex (including condoms), metal, glass and ceramic.
How Do I Maintain My Sex Toy?
Cleaning, proper storage, correct lube and fresh batteries are usually all you’ll require to keep your toys in top condition. Some toys like Fleshlight masturbators do have a ‘care powder’ to keep the material soft and lifelike but you can use plain corn starch on these kind of TPE/TPR products to keep them feeling skin-like.
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