How to clean your sex toys the right way

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Photo credit: Westend61
Photo credit: Westend61

Okay we get it, the last thing you're thinking of when you're *in the mood* is making sure your sex toy is clean enough so you can use it, only for it to be wiped over afterwards too. No big deal if I let it slide once right? Wrong. If you're not already doing so, it's vital to clean sex toys not only so they last longer, but also for crucial health reasons and to reduce the risk of it becoming a breeding ground for unwanted bacteria.

You don't want to be putting your dildo, vibrator, rabbits and anal toys near your delicate parts unless it's spotless, nuh-uh! Look, you don't need to get the marigolds out, but you do want to get into the habit of cleaning your sex toys both before and after use. Every. Time.

Which is where these six tips from BuzzPinky come in - because whether it's made from glass, plastic, metal, wood or silicone, these are the must-knows for how to clean your sex toy/s easily and safely. Following this mini guide should have your toys feeling like new, and ensure they are hygienic and ready to go when you are.

1. Know your material

When it comes to sex toys, you probably already know they sure can pack a punch - but what are they actually made of? Having a good look at the packaging and checking whether the toy is motorised will have a huge bearing on how it should be washed.

To clean silicone, glass, stainless steel or wood that is motorised, use mild soap and a damp cloth to wipe the toy clean. To clean silicone, glass, stainless steel or wood that isn't motorised, submerge your non-motorised pal in boiling water for eight to ten minutes. This allows for a deep clean with no risk of damaging the working parts.

As for a sex toy made of cyberskin? This material is highly sensitive, so just a little soapy warm water should be used to clean it. Make sure you use no more than necessary, as too many soapsuds can damage the material.

2. Be battery-safe

Avoid submerging your battery-operated toys in water to wash them. IK it sounds obvious, but if they require batteries, they buzz, or they plug into the wall, you need to be extra careful when coming into contact with water. A wipe-down with a warm, soapy cloth will be sufficient and keep you safe.

3. Be gentle on soap for those using the toy

The majority of sex toys (which are usually made of silicone, glass and stainless steel) can be cleaned sufficiently with good, old-fashioned soapy water.

However, be mindful: opt for fragrance-free, mild soaps to avoid any unwanted irritation. You can go antibacterial if you want to, but mild and fragrance-free should do the trick.

To avoid any soap absorbing into the toy and causing itchiness for users later on, be sure to rinse your toy thoroughly with water.

4. Keep your toy dry

So, you've given your friend a good scrub to keep it squeaky clean; now you need to make sure it is completely dry. Do this using a clean paper towel and make sure your toy is 100% dry.

5. Wrap up your porous friend

If you sex toy is made from porous materials, these can't be completely disinfected, so it's important to use a condom when using the toy with a partner. If you're partying solo, providing you wash porous toys after every use you should be fine.

The condom rule also goes for jelly toys due to some of the chemicals found in the material.

6. Storage

It's just as important to store your toy in a safe place as it is to clean it properly. Avoid chucking it uncovered into places like bedside drawers, which are a haven for dust and crumbs.

Ensure you store your sex toys in the lovely little bags you bought them in. Alternatively, an item such as a Lockabox offers a secure and discreet place to safely store your toys.

Step 7? Have fun!

Photo credit: Giphy
Photo credit: Giphy

These trusty tips were provided by BuzzPinky, a leading sex toy expert passionate about fun and fantasy.

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