CHAPTER 11: How To Clean Sex Toys The Right Way

Oversimplified guides that prioritize raunchy jokes instead of real information on cleaning sex toys (cough, Cosmo) won’t do you any favors. Getting a clean sex toy is more complex than tossing it in the dishwasher and returning to your HBO show.

By the way, if you’re thinking of skipping this section because you already have a “Sex Toy Cleaner,” think again. If your toy is porous, these cleaners are worthless.

First things first, determine the material of your toy and whether it’s porous or nonporous.

Next, if applicable, remove batteries from your toys before you clean them. Make sure they aren’t attached to electrical sources. Now check out the directions below and get cleaning — every nook and cranny.

How To Clean Your Nonporous Sex Toy

Silicone: You have several options for cleaning silicone sex toys.

  The easiest way is to wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

  If the toy doesn’t have a motor, you can boil it for up to ten minutes. This is highly recommended for toys used for anal play.

  If the toy doesn’t have a motor, you can also was it alone in the top rack of your dishwasher. No detergent. Sanitizing cycle.

  Dunk your toy in a solution of 10% bleach and 90% warm water for a couple minutes. Make sure you rinse it well afterwards.

Metal/Stainless Steel: You have several options for a metal or stainless steel toy.

  If there are mechanical parts exposed, do your best to wash around them with soap and warm water.

  Otherwise, wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

  If there is no electric risk, you can boil your toy for 5-10 seconds. Be careful removing the toy from the heat source, it’ll be hot.

  If the toy doesn’t have a motor, you can also was it alone in the top rack of your dishwasher. No detergent. Sanitizing cycle.

  Place your toy in a solution of 10% bleach and 90% COLD water. Warm bleach can ruin stainless steel.

Hard Plastic: These toys are the easiest to clean.

  Wipe down the toy with a sanitizer and rinse it off.

  Wash the toy with soapy, warm water then rinse with water.

Glass: Although some people say Pyrex and glass toys fare fine in a dishwasher or boil, I think the risk is unnecessary.

  Use a bleach solution, 10% bleach and 90% warm water. Soak the toy for a couple minutes, then rinse.

  Wash with soap and warm water.

  Wipe down the toy with a sanitizer and rinse it off.

How To Clean Your Porous Sex Toy

Wood: Cleaning wooden sex toys depends on the way they toy is finished, with a safe lacquer of sorts or wax/oil.

  If the toy has a durable finish (like a lacquer), you can use the 10% bleach, 90% warm water solution. Soak the toy and rinse it well after two minutes. You can also use a smooth cloth to apply rubbing alcohol on the surface, then rinse.

  If the toy has a wax or oil finish, rinse it with non abrasive antibacterial soap and warm water.

Rubber, Latex, and Jelly: Though the materials are different, they are all equally porous. Inevitably, these guys will store bacteria everywhere. All of the sex toy cleaners on the market that claim to sanitize these toys are scamming you.

  The only option here is rinsing with soap and water. If you want to be completely safe with these toys, use them with a condom.

Cyberskin and Imitation Materials: Toys that are designed to imitate real skin are soft and porous.

  All you can do is rinse products with warm water and non abrasive soap.

  After you rinse the toy, sprinkle it with a light coat of cornstarch. This will keep it from getting sticky.

  Don’t use any kind of chemical on these toys.

  With these toys, be especially certain they are dry before stowing.

Leather: If your toy contains leather accessories, like a strap or harness, they need to be cleaned as well.

  Wipe down the leather with a soapy cloth or leather cleaner. Follow with a dry rag.

Drying Your Nonporous And Porous Sex Toys

If you put your sex toy back in the goodie drawer before it’s all the way dry, you’re increasing the risk of bacteria and molds. Trust me and play it safe here. Let your toy dry all the way in fresh air before putting it away.

Congratulations! You’re now a sex toy expert. Read the final chapter, THE LAST WORD: The Symbolism of a Sex Toy to wrap it all up. 🙂