A one-stop spot for all the information you need on the care and cleaning of vibrators, dildos, masturbators, buttplugs and other sex toys. Cleaning a sex toy properly is very important for your health and safety, as well as the longevity of your items.
Please also be aware that when it comes to the safety of non-fluid-bonded partners , you should only ever share sex toys that can be sanitized OR if not, sex toys that are covered in a condom. Non-porous sex toys are the only ones that can be safely shared without the need for a condom barrier.
This page will tell you everything about care and cleaning of your sex toys. Looking to see quickly what I think are the best sex toys? I break it all down here from vibrators with intensity to the best g-spot dildos. A note on using a condom with a sex toy: Make sure to buy non-lubricated condoms, or condoms that specifically say that they use water-based lube.
Most condoms that are lubricated use a silicone lube, and it is usually a cheap one. These will most likely have a reaction with a silicone toy.
For porous materials it is probably best to use polyurethane condoms — many porous materials have oil in the material as a softener, and oil is not compatible with latex! You may link to it but please do not copy my guide word for word onto your site. Just putting in a source link does not make it ok. I worked hard on these words and want them to be shared…..
Before you dive in, take a minute to visually inspect the toy. You can only sanitize a non-porous material. You can also just cover it with a condom for that purpose. Often, these antibacterial toy cleaner sprays are sold to make the cheap, porous materials seem okay. But there is absolutely no way to kill the bacteria and fungus that can quickly make a home in the pores of the sex toy.
Rinse it well after! On metal, plastic, glass, wood and most silicone check with manufacturer to be certain you can wipe it down with rubbing alcohol. Butt toys should get some time with boiling water just to keep butt-scent at bay. This only applies to Fleshlight masturbators Dishwasher: Cleaning a vibrator is pretty basic — you use the wipe down method. These crevices and ridges and similar spots require special attention to detail when you are cleaning.
Silicone and ABS plastic vibrators are non-porous and can be sanitized. Vibrators made from all other soft materials are porous and can never truly be clean — refer to the material specifics below for more details. Pure silicone can be fully sanitized and is non-porous. You can use any cleaning method you wish. For a more in-depth look at silicone sex toys , you can read more here.
Not sure if your sex toy is truly silicone? You can read about my in-depth look at flame testing silicone sex toys and see how various toys perform. Items that are clear and look like jelly or candy are never going to be silicone. Clear silicone is usually a cloudy-clear, never crystal clear. Manufacturers rely on consumers taking their word for it, and will use the term silicone when there may not even be any silicone present.
You can find a list of reputable manufacturers here who, until proven otherwise by lab testing, all appear to be honest and are producing true silicone sex toys.
How to Clean your Silicone Sex Toy: You have a lot of options here. Just how thorough you clean depends on the item. Really examine the design. If fluids can get trapped, then bacteria can grow on the surface.
Vixen, maker of awesome dildos and creator of dual-density Vixskin, kindly tested their items for me with rubbing alcohol. Removing butt odors from your sex toys: A simple soap-and-water wash up in the sink can really be good enough for many people, many toys.
The following terms are meant to confuse and bring about a false sense of security; the terms are not accurate, and are completely made up by the manufacturer or retailer: The last term is actually not a material, it is an additive that Doc Johnson puts in some of their highly porous sex toys particularly the PVC ones which is supposed to act like an anti-microbial substance. The accuracy of that statement has, of course, never been proved by a lab so proceed with caution.
Screaming O does make some silicone vibrating rings, though. These are usually blue, black or pink and visually very different from their SEBS products. Click here to start browsing the archives of my reviews on various silicone sex toys. Silicone toys and lube: Most people and stores will stress that you must always use water-based lube with true silicone sex toys.
It has been discussed on my site in an interview with Metis Black of Tantus that for the most part when it comes to mass-produced silicone sex toys and lower quality silicone lubricants you should probably avoid mixing the two. Doing a patch test with a small amount will allow you to scrape of the gummied lube with your fingernail. Since like silicone bonds with like, try to get a silicone lube with as few ingredients and therefore, types of silicone as possible.
Those toys WILL melt when they touch in storage, as the material breaks down and releases the softening oils. I personally have a drawer-full of sex toys all silicone, glass, wood jumbled together and nothing bad has happened.
I even created a controlled environment similar to my toxic jar, and had silicone sex toy pieces live in a jar in a hot room for months. If you see a blogger or reviewer spreading this myth, educate them! Direct them to me! These are generally considered to be non-porous, so you would use the wipe-down method for most circumstances.
Glass and ceramic toys should be examined every time you use them for cracks or chips; if found, replace the toy immediately. To read more about glass toys, check out this guide.
To find out the differences between the cheap glass dildos and the expensive glass toys, read this post. To find out everything about wood sex toys, check out this guide. Most wood sex toys are finished in a polyurethane or lacquer that is body-safe, but some smaller crafters only rub in a few coats of wax or oil. In these cases, your dildo is on temporarily waterproof and non-porous. You should carefully examine it before and after every use, and check with the crafter to find out how you should care for it.
Dildos from professional companies like Nobessence have a permanent finish that will not wear off. Clean your wood sex toys with a soft cloth, and do not use abrasive cleaners. Most glass toys would be fine in boiling water or the dishwasher, but please keep in mind that the glass used in sex toys holds onto temperature really well, so it will be extremely hot for a little while.
Best practice for boiling would be to include a small hand towel in the pot to prevent the glass dildo from cracking up against the side of the pot. While borosillicate glass is better at withstanding temperature changes and the high heat of a dishwasher or boiling water, soda lime glass may not be.
Check out my reviews on glass sex toys and wood sex toys Glass, Ceramic, Wood and lube: Tread with caution, and ask them first! If they agree something is compatible and it is not, it would be easier to get them to re-finish the dildo then. Yet another non-porous material, so you can use any cleaning method. Metal has amazing temperature-retaining properties. Let it cool down! Never use anything abrasive to clean your toy and when traveling be sure to keep it in a storage pouch.
Please be sure to buy your metal sex toys from a reputable store NOT Amazon or Ebay as knock-offs are prevalent.
You should only use medical grade Stainless Steel, or aluminum. Please be aware that your chances of getting a counterfeit Njoy sex toy from places like Amazon and Ebay is very high. The first is never to heat the bleach which is bad for YOU, too because it will ruin the stainless steel bleach is corrosive, heating it makes it extremely corrosive.
Do NOT let it air-dry from the bleach solution without washing right after. Similarly, no bleach wipes without the wash. ABS plastic is non-toxic and non-porous. Sometimes you will see it listed as having a PU coat — this means polyurethane. So far I have not seen the PU coat peel or chip. Use the wipe-down method or soap and water.
The only problematic hard plastic toys are those coated in a metallic paint — this will chip off! Any type of lube is safe for these. All thermoplastics once started out as a hard plastic, and have to be softened.
Many thermoplastics seem to use mineral oil or a similar substance as the plasticizer plastic softening agent. This is still a very unstable material, and will break down over time, as seen in my melted jar of sex toys. If you have an allergy to mineral oil, you very well might have a reaction to TPR type sex toys. How to Clean TPR: There is no cleaning method that will ever sanitize these or make them safe.