If you are the proud owner of a fleshlight or a similar toy, you probably know that you ideally have to clean it after every use. Yes, you heard that right, EVERY use.
However, we all know how lazy one can get after … umm… a successful ‘encounter’ with their fleshlight.
This is why the recommended grace period before cleanup is at the end of an active day. Yes, we do know that ‘an active day’ is relative, and differs from person to person.
The important thing to remember that your fleshlight should not go for more than 8 hours with your fluids in it.
Otherwise, it will turn into an ecosystem of its own, with all sorts of fungi and molds and other stuff growing inside it.
And you definitely do not want to put any part of you inside such a Petri dish. Which means your favorite toy has suddenly become unusable.
Now that you understand how important it is to keep your fleshlight clean, the next step is to find out exactly how you need to clean it.
What steps do you need to take? Because cleaning a fleshlight is anything but straightforward.
Every fleshlight has four basic parts: the casing, the insert, and two end caps.
The insert is where your penis goes in. Then there is one cap for the base and the other to close your fleshlight when it is not being used.
The casing is what covers and stabilizes everything. This is where things get interesting. Because the insert is made up of a unique material, if it is not cleaned carefully it gets ruined and becomes unusable.
The inside of the insert is also softer than the outside (of course), which means the cleanup process is also different.
Here is a step by step guide on how to clean your fleshlight.
As long as you follow these steps, your favorite toy will remain in tip-top condition so you can enjoy it for longer. The best part is, the entire process shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes!
1. Pull Everything Apart
Remove the caps from the casing, then pull out the insert. Taking the fleshlight apart should be quite easy.
Once you do so, you should have four standalone and individual parts.
2. Thoroughly Wash The Caps
The fleshlight caps should be made of plastic or stainless steel. You should be able to get to a sink and wash them thoroughly with soap. Rinse them with clean water afterward.
Finally, make sure you dry them completely. It is very important to make sure that they are completely dry because any moisture trapped between the caps and the insert will encourage mold growth.
3. Thoroughly Wash The Casing
After removing the caps and the insert, you should be left with a hollow plastic or steel casing. You need to thoroughly wash this with a lot of soap and rinse it out under running water.
Finally, just like with the caps, you should make sure the casing is completely dry and aired out.
One would argue the dryness of the case is more important than that of the caps because it rests over a larger surface of the insert.
Any wetness trapped between the insert and the case would wreak havoc on the overall wellbeing of your fleshlight.
You should know that the casing and the caps can take a rather long time to dry on their own. If you want to speed up the process, you should consider wiping them down with a clean and dry washcloth or paper towels.
Air them out afterwards. This will guarantee completely dry components, with no moisture whatsoever.
4. Cleaning The Insert
This is the most important part of the fleshlight, and you should devote the bulk of your cleaning time on it.
Depending on what sort of fleshlight you are using, the steps you would need to take when cleaning your insert may vary.
It is important to note that you should NEVER use soap or chemical cleaning products to clean the insert. Your fleshlight will be completely ruined if you do.
Why? Most cleaning products contain chemicals that react with the material of the insert.
This can either cause drying out leading to cracking and chipping or simply make the material sticky, which will definitely ruin your experience.
Step 1: Thoroughly rinse the insert
Place the insert under running water and let it run into both ends for around 30 seconds each.
Next, rinse out the outer part of the insert, making sure to clean out all the grooves and bumps if your fleshlight has them.
If your fleshlight is the kind that can turn inside out, do so and thoroughly rinse both sides of it.
Step 2: Fill and Shake
Pinch one end of the insert and run more water into it from the other end. Once you have a sufficient amount of water inside, pinch the other end, shutting your insert with water in it.
Next, shake the insert around a little. Pour the water out and repeat. Do this two or three times.
Step 3: Dry the insert
Once the insert is washed, it needs to be dried. You should let it dry out completely on its own if you have the patience.
This usually takes up to two hours. However, if you cannot wait that long, you should take a blow dryer or a handheld fan and use it on your insert.
If you use either the fan or the blowdryer, consider letting it air out for some fifteen minutes or so after you feel you have dried it completely.
Step 4: Disinfect
This is the final step in your cleanup process. Once the fleshlight is dry, disinfect it to kill all the bacteria and germs that may still be lingering on the surface.
Here are a few further tricks to help you in the maintenance of your fleshlight:
- Consider wiping it down with a wet cloth soaked in warm water after every use if you cannot wash it daily.
- If you have to use lube with your fleshlight, exclusively use water-based lubricants. Oil-based lubricants will cause the insert material to deteriorate over time.
- Do not use hand sanitizer or any alcohol-based products to clean your fleshlight. Seriously, I know we mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating. Just use plain old water.
- If cleaning your fleshlight with nothing but water does not sound sanitary enough for you, there are a few tailor-made fleshlight cleaning products out there that you can check out. However, remember that these are usually made for specific brands of fleshlights, and the insert materials might differ. A simple rule of thumb is to make sure none of the products you use have alcohol in them.
- Some fleshlights come with a bottle of fleshlight powder that you rub on it to maintain the texture. You should do this at least once a week if you are a regular user. If you run out of the powder, it is simply cornstarch that can be replaced for cheap from your local grocery store.
- When rinsing the insert, if you can do so with warm running water, that would be great.
If you follow these simple instructions, your trusty fleshlight will have a nice and supple, good as new feel for years.