What should I use to clean my sex toys?
Cleaning your sex toys, particularly if you are sharing them with your partner should be a priority before reusing them. But what should you use to clean your sex toys? And do you really have to clean them if you're the only one using them?
We know the last thing you want to do after achieving a mind-blowing organism is to get up and set about cleaning your sex toys—just in case you want to indulge in an early morning, sleepy sesh. Cleaning your sex toys also prolongs their longevity, and some of them can be expensive, so you need to take care of them.
What do I need to know before cleaning my sex toys?
Not to mention that neglecting to clean your sex toys may cause infections, and you’ll need to know what to use to avoid degrading the material your sex toy is made out of—Silicon, PVC, rubbers, glass and latex.
Most sex toy manufacturers will mention what material is used on the packaging, otherwise you can Google it. Many rubbers are made from porous material, which means even though you may not be able to see them, there are tiny holes that may allow a build-up of bacteria. For sex toys made from porous materials, we recommend keeping those ones aside purely for just for you!
Ideally, sex toys should be cleaned as soon as you’ve finished using them! We know it’s tempting to stay in the post-coital glow or roll over and go to sleep, but the sooner you clean them, the more hygienic they will be for next time. The last thing you want to do is end up with a girl’s worst nightmare of having thrush, Cystitis or even a sexually transmitted infection which some can survive on surfaces for more than 24 hours, possibly weeks.
Your anus also carries bacteria that isn’t present in the vagina, so any sex toys that are used for backdoor play can be spread by sex toys if you aren’t careful. Most bacteria and viruses can’t be seen by the human eye, so even if you think your sex toys are clean, it pays to give them another clean before reusing to clean off any dust, grit or grime while they have been lying around in your drawer.
How to clean my sex toys
When cleaning your toys, it’s a good idea to try and find out whether they are waterproof or only water-resistant. You don’t want to submerge a $100 vibrator under water only to discover it’s only water resistant (survives splashes).
For most sex toys, you can use a non-fragranced mild dishwashing detergent. A scented soap may upset the delicate natural PH of your vaginal microflora and make you more susceptible to infections.
For latex sex toys, we recommend using a damp, face washer to give your toys a thorough wipe over. Only use a little detergent or soap because too much can cause the latex to break down. If your toys are waterproof (not water resistant) you can submerge them under running water to wash off any remaining residue. Avoid using water that’s too hot because it can also degrade the materials used.
Avoid using bleach on sex toys
We recommend steering clear of bleach, not only is it too much of an effort, it’s not really necessary. You may have read on the internet blogs some people suggesting popping your sex toys in with your plates, cups and cutlery for the next dishwasher cycle. However as stated above, the heat can warp the latex/plastic.
It is important to ensure your toys are dried properly before placing them in your dresser or popped beside your bed. Sex toys that are left damp can be at risk of mildew or mold.
Can you buy anti-bacterial sex toy cleaners?
There are a range of special sex toy cleaners available that allow you to spray on and wipe dry, that are suitable for all sex toys. Ensure the batteries are removed before undertaking cleaning. Please be advised as these are highly sought after, they sell out fast. Be sure to leave your details with us so we can let you know the moment they are back in store.
How to store my sex toys
Make sure you keep your sex toy’s original packaging for storage or invest in an air-tight sealable container to avoid lint, dust, pet fur or every day grime from building up.