How to Clean Your Sex Toys the Right Way?

I have had my fair share of fun with my sex toys. Whether it’s with my butt plugs, dildos or my girlfriend’s vibrators, I have enjoyed them to the fullest.

But what happens after I use them? Do I dispose of them, hang them out to dry or put them in a tub of hot water?

When it comes to sex toys, maintaining hygiene is of utmost importance. Sex toys are easily prone to bacterial build up if they are not properly cleaned.

Some of these bacteria can leave you itching all day long. So, how can I keep my sex toy in superb hygienic condition?

Below is my detailed guide on how to clean sex toys depending on what material your sex toy is made of.

1. Soap and Water

This is my favorite and easiest way of washing my sex toys. Basically, it is like washing your dishes after you are done with your meal.

The first step is pretty much simple and requires little effort. Simply warm some water and place it in a basin.

The basin should be one that you don’t use in the kitchen for any form of food preparation.

The next step is to add some liquid soap and stir the mixture well. Adding soap alone might not kill bacteria. It is, therefore, better to add some disinfectant.

The next step is to soak the sex toys in the soapy water for about five minutes. Once the timer has run out, take a piece of clean cloth and use it to scrub the sex toys.

After a good scrub, rinse the toys with clean running water until all the soap has flowed out.

The final step is to use a clean towel to dry the sex toys and leave them in an airy dust free room to dry.

Remember not to use a towel on silicone and rubber based sex toys since the cloth fibers will stick on them. Rather, leave it out to dry.

When handling electrical sex toys like vibrators be very careful not to let the water reach the electrical components of the device. Water can easily kill your device.

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2. UV Light

The use of UV light to clean sex toys is a new under-explored venture. So, what is it? Use of UV light for sterilization commonly used in hospitals and barbershops.

This is because UV Light can kill up to 99.99% of bacteria present on most surfaces.

The cleaning process is easy to follow. The first step is to wipe the sex toy with a dry cloth to remove any dampness and prevent the build-up of bacteria which is accelerated when it is on a damp surface.

Next, place the toy in the UV Light machine and set for five minutes and who la! As clean as it can be!

3. Treated wipes

Use of treated or alcohol-based wipes is an easy and quick way to clean your sex toys. This is similar to using baby wipes to wipe a baby’s butt.

It is hygienically safe and recommended even after handling it without using it.

4. Dishwasher

Yes, it sounds strange, but a dishwasher can come in handy when cleaning your sex toys.

Using the same settings that you use for cleaning your utensils, make sure the sex toy is wiped cleaned before putting it in the dishwasher.

Once it is put in place, let the dishwasher do it magic and then store it in a clean place.

The different types of adult toy materials

Now that you have a rough idea of the cleaning techniques that can be used to properly clean your sex toys, it also important to understand which technique to use.

Personally, I have used a countless number of sex toys made of different materials.

Based on my experience, how I usually clean my toys normally depends on what they are made of.

1. Glass, Steel or Pyrex

All of these materials are non-porous meaning they cannot absorb water. This means that they can be cleaned using soap and water, using wipes or even UV light treated.

Although steel and Pyrex are dishwasher friendly, glass, on the other hand, is not recommended for a dishwasher clean.

This is because glass can easily crack when subjected to high temperatures.

2. Wood

Wood is porous by nature. However, wooden sex toys usually come with a coat of paint, oil or even ceramic.

This is to ensure its longevity and add a smooth texture to it. It is highly recommended to minimize the use of water and soap when cleaning these sex toys since water will accelerate the weakening of the coating.

For wooden sex toys, it is better to use wipes with no abrasive compounds.

3. Hard Plastic

Plastic is non-porous thus the use of soap and water is highly recommended. However, if you plan to use wipes, make sure you first have an understanding of the type of plastic used.

Plastic sex toys usually come in two variants, ABS plastic and Polyurethane (PU) coated. ABS plastic is nonporous and nontoxic and can handle disinfectants such as alcohol.

PU coated, on the other hand, can react to exposure to alcohol. Remember to use warm and not hot water.

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4. Rubber and Latex

Rubber and latex are porous, and it is best to use soap and water since they trap a lot of bacteria. There are a number of rubber specific cleaners that can also be used in place dishwasher soap.

However, it is recommended to use a condom whenever you use rubberized sex toys to minimize your chances of getting an infection.

5. Silicone

Unlike rubber and latex, silicone is non-porous. It is, therefore, best to clean it using warm water and soap. However, too much heat should be avoided since it may disfigure the sex toy.

6. Vibrators

Vibrators are electronic components, and it may not be a good idea to put them in a dishwasher or dip it inside a soapy water basin.

Use of wipes or UV Light treatment is highly recommended.


Whether you are a clean freak or not, taking good care of your sex toys is invaluable.

Cleaning them on a regular basis not only keeps them running smoothly but it also helps get rid of harmful bacteria that may spread bacterial and fungal diseases not only to you but also to your partner.

Stay clean!

William LeClair
William LeClair

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