Okay guys, so you’ve finished your business and you’re done frantically closing the 50 tabs of porn you’ve been digging through. Now, you’ve got to get that toy squeaky clean. Properly cleaning and storing your toys is what’s gonna make them last longer while also protecting your “special parts” from bacteria.
Sex toys can be broadly split into two categories: Porous and Non-Porous. To get a bit more in-depth information about the material in your toys, see our guide here. The just of it is that if your toy is porous, you have to be a bit more careful about how you clean it.
Another big thing to take into consideration is whether your toy is motorized or not. We’ll break it down for you below.
Now don’t get me wrong, porous toys are awesome. Some examples of porous toys would be fleshlights and other pocket pussies. They can be soft or skin-like and they feel way more authentic, but the same aspects of the material that make it feel so good also make it easier for bacteria to move in and set up shop. So, it’s especially important to clean these with care.
Do not use dish soap on these, the residue may cause irritation later down the line. The best way to wash these is with a mild hand soap or a sex toy cleaning solution. In this case I highly recommend using a sex toy cleaning solution as in addition to being antibacterial they are designed to neutralize scents, which sometimes can be a problem with porous materials.
After cleaning, make sure to dry your toys thoroughly before putting them away. If you are cleaning a pocket pussy, check the internal cavern to ensure that it has been fully dried. If you put the toy away still damp or wt on the inside, this will likely cause irreparable damage.
Motorized Porous or Non-Porous Toys
Porous or not, if your toys has batteries, plugs into the wall, or is a motorized toy of any other sort, you want to take extra care when cleaning it. Do NOT submerge it in water at any point, no matter how waterproof it claims to be any part not screwed together tightly enough could lead to you having a dead toy. How much would that suck?
For motorized toys you should use a damp soapy towel or alternately spray them with a sex toy cleaning solution and then wipe it off with a damp towel.
Non-porous toys are those made from glass, stainless steel, silicone, acrylic, or hard plastic. These ones are generally gonna be your prostate massagers or other such toys. Since the material is not porous, there are not really many spaces for bacteria to hole up and cause you trouble down the line.
As with porous toys you shouldn’t use dish soap, but rather a mild antibacterial hand soap to wash these off. However, depending on the material and how deep of a clean you want, you have some extra options.
- Silicone: Can be safely boiled in water for about 10 minutes to disinfect, and if that’s too much effort for you then just toss it in the top shelf of the dishwasher.
- Glass: Glass toys should only be washed with soap and water, as exposure to extreme heat can warp it.
- Pyrex: Pyrex is basically heat-resistant glass, so it can be boiled, put in the dishwasher, or washed by hand.
- Stainless steel: These ones can also be boiled for 10 minutes or thrown into the dishwasher like silicone toys.
Heat: makes shit melt. I know y’all are not dumb, but you’d be surprised how often people screw up by just leaving their toys around. Direct sunlight and heat can discolor, corrode, or melt a toy.
Be sure you put your toybox somewhere away from heat, light, and dust to keep it all fresh and ready for duty.
Batteries: Should be removed from a toy before you put it away. Batteries can sometimes leak, corroding or destroying your favorite toys and ruining your whole day.
Proximity: As much as possible, avoid just tossing your toys in one on top of the other. Toys in close contact can do weird things like share bacteria, break down, or meld together. If the toy didn’t come with a storage bag, then the best way to go is to wrap each one in a clean towel or a proper storage bag before putting it away.