How to clean a dildo?

how to clean a dildo
how to clean a dildo

How to clean a dildo?

Cleaning sex toys, such as vibrators, dildos, and anal toys, involves direct contact with bodily fluids, making it crucial to understand proper cleaning methods.

While cleaning these toys isn’t overly complicated, neglecting this task can have consequences.

“Using unclean sex toys can potentially introduce unwanted bacteria or other pathogens—like fungi—into the vulvar-vaginal environment that can lead to the overgrowth of bacteria known as bacterial vaginosis or cause a urinary tract infection,” warns sexologist Dr. Marcus Johnson, an associate professor-in-residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “It is especially important to thoroughly clean toys that are used by multiple partners.”

Here’s a guide on how to clean sex toys effectively:

What You Need

how to clean a dildo
how to clean a dildo

For Surface Cleaning:

  • Water
  • Soap: Liquid hand soap or castile soap is preferred. Antibacterial soap is fine but not necessary. Avoid using harsh soaps like dish soap.
  • Paper towels or clean washcloths: Use these to air-dry toys after cleaning.

For Deep Cleaning:

  • Pot for boiling water: Disinfect various toys by surface-cleaning them and then submerging them in boiling water for a few minutes.
  • Bleach and spray bottle (or another receptacle for a bleach solution): Boiling and bleaching will kill most—but not all—pathogens on your toys.
  • Dishwasher: Make sure your dishwasher offers the appropriate settings to disinfect. Otherwise, use boiling or bleaching methods.
  • Paper towels or clean washcloths: Use these to air-dry toys after cleaning.

Optional

Sex-toy wipes or cleaning sprays: In most cases, plain soap and water are sufficient.

How Long Will This Take to Clean?

Cleaning times vary based on the method used. Surface cleaning takes one to three minutes per toy, excluding air-drying time.

Boiling a toy takes an additional three minutes for full disinfection, while bleaching takes roughly 10 minutes.

Dishwashing time varies with the cycle.

How to Choose Your Cleaning Method

how to clean a dildo
how to clean a dildo

Although general guidelines are provided for cleaning different types of sex toys, it’s advisable to refer to your toy’s manual for the best cleaning practices.

Dr. Natalie Bennett of Early to Bed and Dr. Ethan Rodriguez of Chicago Dungeon Rentals offer advice on the three levels of cleaning: cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing.

Cleaning removes material from the surface, disinfecting destroys bacteria and certain pathogens, and sterilizing kills all bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

The cleaning advice is intended for nonporous toys used on the genitals, made of materials such as 100% silicone, metal, borosilicate glass, or hard plastic.

Basic Surface Cleaning

how to clean a dildo
how to clean a dildo
  1. Determine your toy’s water safety rating. If nonmechanized or rated splashproof/waterproof, rinse in the sink.
  2. For battery-operated toys, remove batteries before cleaning.
  3. Rinse or wipe the toy with water to remove debris.
  4. Apply liquid soap and scrub or wipe with a damp cloth.
  5. Use a soft toothbrush for grooves.
  6. Rinse or wipe until completely clean, using plain water.
  7. Air-dry on a clean towel.
how to clean a dildo
how to clean a dildo

Note on sex-toy cleaning sprays:

Plain soap and water are generally sufficient, and most sprays need rinsing. Exceptions include products like TOTO Cleansing Tissues.

Disinfecting or Sanitizing

  • Some situations require disinfecting:
  • Shared toy among non-fluid bonded individuals.
  • Contact with genitals during an infection.
  • Same toy used anally and vaginally.
  • Odor removal from an anal toy.

These techniques will kill most pathogens. Boiling, dishwasher, or a bleach solution can be effective.

how to clean a dildo
how to clean a dildo

1. Boiling:

– Surface-clean, then submerge 100% silicone, stainless steel, or borosilicate glass toys in boiling water for three minutes.
– Air-dry without an immediate cold-water rinse.

2. Dishwashing:

– Place nonmechanized 100% silicone, stainless steel, or borosilicate glass toys on the dishwasher’s top rack after surface-cleaning.
– Run the dishwasher on the sanitize cycle without soap.
– Not as effective as boiling but can be useful.

3. **Bleaching:**

– Make a bleach solution (5 tablespoons household bleach per gallon of water).
– Spray or submerge toys for 10 minutes.
– Rinse thoroughly with soap and water.

Skip UV sanitizers:

Considered unnecessary and expensive compared to boiling or bleaching methods.

How to Store Sex Toys to Keep Them Clean

  • After cleaning, store toys properly for future use:
  • Use provided pouches, cases, or boxes.
  • For nonporous toys, any sealable pouch or case works.
  • Store in a cool, dark, dry place.
  • Keep away from direct sunlight or moisture.
  • Dispose of toys with visible cracks or tears.

Following these guidelines ensures your sex toys remain clean, safe, and ready for use.

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