How to Clean Sex toys?
There are multiple different levels of sex toy material safety and also different levels of cleaning that might be necessary for different uses. It depends on the material of the Sex toy you have. Let’s see How to clean Sex toys.
If you have a body-safe sex toy that you are not sharing with anyone else, are not using in more than one orifice, and haven’t recently had something like yeast or bacterial infection, soap and water are perfectly fine to clean your toys between uses. Some people will try to sell you speciality toy cleaners, but they are unnecessary. When it comes to soap, really any soap will work, but some are better than others. For example, many soaps made on the skin (your hand soaps, your body washes, etc.) do not rinse 100% clean very easily.
They’re made to leave moisturizers behind to keep your skin soft, but they can also sometimes irritate if they’re hanging around on your toys. So those kinds of soaps will work in a pinch; you need to rinse them extra well, scrub them, and ensure there isn’t any residue left.
A better choice is dish soap. Dish soaps are made to rinse completely clean, and they cut through things like lube and body fluids easier than more gentle skin soaps. I’m also a big fan of Dr Bronner’s soap for toy cleaning. That’s what I use most of the time. When it comes to soap ingredients, you ideally want to look for something that’s silicone-free if you’re using it on silicone toys. So make sure there aren’t any ingredients that end in either -cone or -siloxane.
The small amount of silicone sometimes found in soaps would be ever enough to harm a silicone toy, but better safe than sorry, right? Avoid soaps with fragrances if your body is sensitive. I’ve always used fragranced soaps for my toy cleaning and have never had an issue, but I’m not very sensitive, so your mileage may vary. You can just wet and scrub with soapy hands for fairly smooth toys.
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For toys with a lot of texture and crevices, it can be useful to have a dedicated sex toy cleaning toothbrush to get into all the nooks and crannies. If the toy isn’t waterproof or splashproof, consider using a wet cloth instead of running it under the tap. As I said, some people will say that you should only use sex toy cleaning foams and sprays and that anything else will degrade your toy.
This idea mainly comes from a time when the less safe, really porous materials were the overwhelming majority and also when companies frequently lied about their materials and called things silicone that was not silicone. And when it comes to those porous materials, they often can’t handle soap. But body-safe, effectively non-porous materials like silicone absolutely can. Again, these are the same materials you use in your kitchen.
You’re probably not getting a speciality cleaner for your silicone baking mats, ice cube trays, and spatulas. Soap is fine. But there are times when you need a more thorough disinfecting.Maybe you want to use something vaginally that you’ve previously used in your butt. Maybe you want to share a toy with a partner you’re not fluid-bonded. Maybe you’ve recently recovered from an infection and want to ensure you’re not going to re-infect yourself. In those cases, you have a few different options depending on what your toy is made.
The easiest way to disinfect most sex toys is with 70% isopropyl alcohol. This is safe for almost all body-safe materials. Occasionally you’ll hear a silicone toy brand warn against it. Still, in my experience, that’s always been for vibrators that have a polyurethane coating over the silicone (you can tell a silicone toy has a PU coat if it has a silky, kind of dust-resistant finish). This probably also applies to hard plastic vibrators with PU coats.
Regular uncoated silicone and hard plastic should be fine, but always read the user manual if there is one and consider double-checking with the manufacturer. Some toys, particularly non-electronic silicone toys, can also be boiled. Get the water bubbling, and pop the toys in for about 5 minutes. You can also boil stainless steel and some types of glass (check with the manufacturer), but it wouldn’t be my first choice method for those materials because if they knock against the pot, it could cause damage.
And those materials also retain heat, so you’d have to let them cool down for a long time before they’d be safe to handle. You can also do a brief 3-5 minute soak in a bleach solution diluted in cold water. The exact ratio is up to your discretion. Many companies and educators say to do 10% (one part bleach to nine parts water). Still, that ratio seems overkill because it’s way higher than the CDC recommends for disinfecting non-porous surfaces outside hospital settings.
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Generally, when you buy household bleach, there will be instructions on the label for diluting, so follow that. Bleach solutions are fine for silicone, ABS hard plastic, and glass. I would be careful with metal toys or vibrators that have metal parts because bleach is corrosive to metal. Njoy, one of the leading stainless steel toy companies, says that bleach solutions are okay for their toys if you only soak them for three minutes and then immediately wash them with soap and water.
I would avoid other metal toy brands or check with the manufacturer. If it’s a vibrator with little metal charging bits towards the base, you can sometimes hold onto the end and soak the main body of the toy without letting the bleach touch the metal.
Some say you can avoid disinfecting between people or orifices using a condom on the sex toy. That may or may not be true, depending on the specific toy. For example, some toys have really big flared bases or balls that can still come in contact with your nether regions and fluids even with a condom, so I would still err on the side of caution and disinfect. It’s also important to remember that most condoms come pre-lubricated with silicone lube, which can sometimes affect silicone sex toys.
They usually won’t list the lube ingredients on the package (which is extremely annoying). So I recommend sticking with unlubricated condoms for silicone sex toys. For more niche materials like wood and ceramic, always consult the manufacturer for best cleaning practices because it will vary from brand to brand depending on what kind of finish they use.
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