After enjoying your sex toys, it’s vital you properly clean them after each use to protect both your health and the longevity of the products. Without proper cleaning, you run the risk of developing bacterial and yeast infections, and even more serious illnesses if your partner has a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Another benefit to regularly washing toys is they last much longer. Toys that aren’t washed regularly often begin to degrade, stop working properly and become discolored. And the danger is if you store an unwashed toy is with other toys, those other toys also become contaminated with bacteria.
Take extra precautions when cleaning toys that use batteries and plug into electrical outlets. You’ll need to protect the wiring, motor and various electrical parts during cleaning. Make sure the toy is unplugged from an electrical outlet and is turned off before cleaning. Wipe the toy with a damp washcloth using a mild, unscented hand or dish soap. Avoid using an antibacterial product, as they leave a residue that can harm the toys.
You can also use a professional toy cleaner, which are usually liquid formulas that are sprayed directly on toys, then wiped off. They’re developed to kill dangerous bacteria, and won’t harm the toy’s material. At ComeNPlay.ca, our top-selling Green Tea toy cleaner is an all-natural product that effectively eliminates harmful bacteria while protecting your toys.
Cleaning Nonporous Adult Sex Toys
Silicone sex toys: Wash your silicone toys with mild soap and hot water. Another option is to place the toy on the top rack of your dishwasher. For deeper sterilization, place the toy in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes.
Glass sex toys: Wash your glass toys with mild soap and warm water. Avoid placing it in the dishwasher or washing with extremely hot water to avoid warping the product.
Pyrex: Pyrex is heat-resistant glass, so your Pyrex toy can be boiled in water for 8 to 10 minutes, put on the top rack of the dishwasher, or washed by hand with a warm washcloth and a mild soap.
Stainless steel: Boil the toy for 8 to 10 minutes or place in the top rack of your dishwasher.
Cleaning Porous Adult Sex Toys
Porous toys use materials such as hard plastic, nylon, jelly rubber, cyberskin, nylon, neoprene, vinyl and soft vinyl, leather, acrylic and elastomer.
Porous materials are extremely sensitive to temperature and prone to warping, so they should all be washed using a mild soap and warm water. You can use a warm, soapy washcloth or wash in a sink.
The only exception are nylon sex toys, which can be machine washed.
After cleaning your sex toys, dry them completely using paper towel. Store them in a separate sanitized container to protect them from coming into other objects that might be harbouring bacteria.
While these are effective cleaning recommendations, ComeNPlay.ca is unable to guarantee these methods will always work to protect the longevity and overall quality of your toys. We recommend that you always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions that’s included in your adult sex toy’s packaging.