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We've got expert advice on how to kill germs and keep your favourite toys lasting for years.
Proper cleaning of sex toys is crucial in order to avoid bacterial infection and the transmission of STD's.
It is important to keep the directions for cleaning sex toys handy and remember to follow them regularly.
Here is a video from Dr George Forgan-Smith showing you how to clean and sterilize your sex toys in under 5 minutes:
When preventing pregnancy it is also essential to kill sperm that may be on the sex toy before using it near and inside the vagina.
The information provided below will give you a general guide for cleaning different types of sex toys and isn't meant to replace any specific manufacturer instructions.
There are many different types of sex toys and each type may have a different cleaning method required, in order to clean the toy properly.
If your toy is not 100% waterproof, never submerge it or it's electrical components in water.
If your toy takes normal batteries, remove them before cleaning. In fact, you should always remove the batteries after use. Leaving batteries sitting idle in toys can cause them to go bad and leak.
Use a damp, soapy cloth to clean your sex toys, preferably with anti-bacterial soap.
You can wash glass (Pyrex) toys with soap and warm water. Pyrex toys are dishwasher safe. Do not expose glass to extreme temperatures.
If your toy has electrical components or wiring, use warm soapy water, and be careful not to submerge any of the electrical components.
If there are no electrical components you have 3 options:
A hard plastic sex toy is best cleaned with anti-bacterial soap and water. Do not boil.
There are three options when cleaning a silicone toy.
Note: Do not boil or put silicone vibrators in the dishwasher because you will destroy the motor and electrical components.
Cyberskin is soft and porous, often used for dildos and pocket pussy's.
It is best to wash Cyberskin and vinyl toys delicately with just warm water.
Air dry and powder a small amount with renewing powder or cornstarch to keep them from getting sticky.
This video demonstrates how to clean a fleshlight.
Nylon harnesses and toys can be machine or hand washed with normal laundry powder or a mild anti-bacterial soap.
It is best to wipe leather products with a damp cloth dipped in warm soapy water. Alternatively, you can buy a leather cleaning solution.
Do not soak leather.
After cleaning and once the leather is dry you can recondition the toy with a leather conditioner.
Pro Tip: Protect metal parts from corrosion by applying a coating of clear nail polish.
Once your sex toy is clean and left to dry out, it is best to keep toys stored in a container or pouch (to keep them clean) and in a cool, dry place.
If you have multiple silicone toys, never leave them touching each other in storage. This is because silicone melts silicone.
The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice on any subject matter. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in this site without seeking professional medical advice.