How to Properly Clean Your Sex Toys

How to Properly Clean Your Sex Toys

In the world of intimate pleasure and exploration, sex toys play a pivotal role in enhancing our experiences. However, maintaining these tools of pleasure is just as important as using them. Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to clean your sex toys effectively and keep them in the best possible condition for long-lasting enjoyment.

Why Proper Cleaning Matters

Maintaining hygiene and cleanliness with your sex toys isn't just a matter of preference—it's a necessity for your health and well-being. Bacteria, germs, and bodily fluids can accumulate on your toys after each use, potentially leading to infections or other health issues. Additionally, proper cleaning extends the lifespan of your toys, ensuring they remain safe and pleasurable to use over time.

The Essential Cleaning Steps

  1. Gather Your Supplies

Before you embark on the cleaning process, make sure you have the following items handy:

  • Mild, unscented soap
  • Warm water
  • Clean, lint-free cloth or towel
  • Sex toy cleaner (optional, but recommended)
  • Antibacterial toy wipes (for quick cleanups)
  1. Check the Manufacturer's Instructions

Different materials (silicone, glass, metal, etc.) require specific cleaning methods. Refer to the manufacturer's guidelines to ensure you're using the appropriate cleaning technique for your specific toy. This step is crucial to avoid damaging your toys during the cleaning process.

  1. Disassemble (if Possible)

If your toy is made of multiple parts or has removable attachments, disassemble them before cleaning. This makes the process more effective and ensures all crevices are thoroughly cleaned.

  1. Pre-Wash Inspection

Before you start cleaning with soap and water, give your toy a pre-wash inspection. Check for any visible debris, lubricant residue, or bodily fluids. This step helps you gauge the level of cleaning required.

     5. Basic Cleaning Steps:

Nonporous sex-toy

  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic (a kind of hard plastic)
  • Borosilicate glass (as in Pyrex and similar varieties)
  • Soda-lime glass (like the kind used for drinking glasses)
  • Silicone
  • Metals like stainless steel and gold

These materials are non-porous and can be cleaned more easily. Wash with warm water and mild antibacterial soap. Avoid using harsh chemicals or alcohol-based cleaners as they might damage the material. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean towel.

Porous sex-toy

-Elastomer (rubber) varieties, like:

Thermoplastic rubber, or TPR for short; sometimes called “skin-safe rubber”

Thermoplastic elastomer, a.k.a. TRE; also sometimes called “skin-safe rubber”

Jelly rubber; sometimes (not always) contains phthalates, a group of chemicals that have come under fire for their potential to affect human health (the scientific jury is still out, according to the National Library of Medicine)

-Polyvinyl chloride (PVC); also sometimes contains phthalates

Materials like Sensafirm and UR3, which can help toys feel like skin

Latex, which isn’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration in sex toys the way it is in condoms.

 These materials can be more porous, so they can retain bacteria. Wash with warm water and a gentle, unscented soap. Be sure to rinse well to remove any soap residue.

Textured and Vibrating Toys: Pay attention to seams, ridges, or any textured parts where dirt might accumulate. Use a soft toothbrush or a dedicated toy brush to clean these areas thoroughly.

Electronics and Motors: If your toy is waterproof, you can carefully submerge it for cleaning. Otherwise, use a damp cloth with warm soapy water to wipe down the exterior. Make sure water doesn't enter the charging port or battery compartment.

Disinfection: If you want to further disinfect your toy, you can use a 10% bleach solution (9 parts water to 1 part bleach) or a dedicated toy cleaner. Apply the solution, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water. Be sure to rinse the toy well to remove any residue.

 Cleaning Process

  • Rinse: Gently rinse your toy under warm water to remove any loose particles.
  • Soap: Apply a small amount of mild, unscented soap to a clean cloth or your hands. Gently lather the toy, paying close attention to textured areas or ridges.
  • Rinse Again: Thoroughly rinse the toy under warm water to remove all traces of soap.
  1. Drying

Pat dry your toy with a clean, lint-free cloth or towel. Allow it to air dry completely before reassembling or storing. This step prevents the growth of mold or bacteria due to trapped moisture.

  1. Toy-Specific Care

For toys with electronic components or those that are not waterproof, avoid submerging them completely in water. Instead, use a damp cloth or antibacterial toy wipes to clean the surface.

Maintenance and Storage

Proper Storage

Store your clean and dry sex toys in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Use individual storage bags or containers to prevent contact between toys and minimize the risk of scratches.

Regular Inspections

Periodically inspect your sex toys for any signs of wear and tear, such as cracks, discoloration, or changes in texture. If you notice any damage, it's best to replace the toy to ensure your safety and enjoyment.

Individual Cases: If you're sharing your sex toys with a partner, or transitioning from anal to vaginal use (or vice versa), it's important to use a condom or clean the toy thoroughly between uses to prevent the spread of bacteria.


A clean sex toy is not only essential for your health but also for the longevity of your pleasure products. By following these comprehensive cleaning guidelines, you can ensure that your intimate experiences remain safe, hygienic, and enjoyable. Remember, proper maintenance not only enhances your satisfaction but also contributes to your overall well-being.


Remember, this guide is designed to provide general information on cleaning sex toys. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for specific care and cleaning recommendations tailored to your toys. Enjoy your intimate moments responsibly and confidently!


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