How To Clean Toys; A Brief Guide

Blog By M. Mitera

Cleaning your toys is incredibly important to prevent the build up of bacteria and other gross stuff. It’s also just a good idea to take care of the toys that take such good care of you! With such a wide variety of sex toy material, it can be difficult to remember what to clean which material with. We’ve compiled this short guide to help you get the basics of toy cleaning down so that when play time is over, you clean up right!

Glass and ceramic toys shouldn’t really be exposed to the high heat of the dishwasher. While some people swear by this method, the heat from the appliance can cause stress cracks in the material and you could very well end up breaking your favorite toy. You can use boiling water but it’s a careful practice. Be sure to include a hand towel in the pot if you plan on boiling your toys to clean them. Otherwise, a 10% bleach wash will do the trick if you’re looking for a deep clean. Don’t need a super clean? A simple water and soap wash should be sufficient.

Silicone toys have a lot of cleaning options. Those meant for anal play should be boiled every few uses. Even though silicone is considered a non-porous material, it can hang on to odors and no one wants that. For vibrators, pay special attention to any areas that change from silicone to plastic, around the buttons, any grooves, etc. These surfaces can breed bacteria and that’s not something you want on your toys. A good thing to remember is that if fluids can get on to the surface, bacteria can grow. Sorry not sorry to be gross, but this is important. Also remember (especially those who share sex toys) to sanitize every so often. Boil plugs and dildos or use10% bleach solution to wipe them down.The most important thing to remember, however, is to check the packaging of the toy. Usually, there will be instructions on how to clean the material and it’s a good idea to follow those to make sure you don’t damage the material.

Metal is another non-porous material and can be boiled. Add a hang towel to the pot to be sure that the toy doesn’t bash up against the sides, as that can damage the surface. Any damage can end up being another breeding ground for bacteria. And when it comes to metal sex toys, you should absolutely only use aluminum or stainless steel. Other materials can be harmful and can rust. It goes without saying that rusty sex toys are not great. Metal can also be wiped down with alcohol or a 10% bleach solution. Because this surface is non-porous, almost any cleaning method is acceptable.

There are many other sex toy materials out there so we will be doing a part two in the future! Since these three materials are the most popular in our store at the moment, we covered them first! If you have any questions on how to clean your toys, please feel free to call us or stop by the shop and ask one of our employees!

Always remember to clean your toys after you’re done using them!

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