We talked last week about how your vibrator can improve your health. Now let’s chat about how you can improve the health of your vibrator or other sex toy.
When I bought my first vibrator, I had no idea that there was an entire industry around keeping that sucker clean. To be honest, I didn’t even think about cleaning it for some reason. But my local sex shop of the time hooked me up with some Before and After and all was good.
When looking for something that’ll keep your sex toy clean, it’s important to ask yourself two questions: 1. Will it irritate my skin? 2. Will it destroy my toy? We’ll get to that first question in a second, but let’s focus on the second one real quick.
The first thing you need to do is decipher what material your toy is made out of.
The biggest problem is jelly toys. Why? Well, they’re very porous and bacteria can get trapped very easily in them. For that reason, many sex toy stores will not stock jelly toys. But if you’ve somehow managed to attain a jelly toy in your sexual adventures, there are still ways to keep it clean.
You can start by wiping it thoroughly with antibacterial soap and rinsing it with hot water. You may even want to let it soak for a while because there’s a chance soap can get stuck in the pores and that could potentially spell some serious itchiness for your vagina.
The other option is to soak it in a patented sex toy cleaner, like Berman Center Toy Cleaner, which uses Triclosan, an antibacterial and anti-fungal to scrub toys clean.
The other option for jelly toys is to place a condom over one. This is particularly important if you are planning on sharing that toy with a partner, as there’s quite a bit of concern whether or not jelly toys can ever be truly free of your own personal bacterias. Remember to switch the condom between partners, including yourself.
Silicone is a much preferred material for making sex toys, mainly because they’re nonporous and easier to clean, but also because a lot of times, they feel more comfortable to use than jelly toys. To clean a silicone toy, you can either use normal toy cleaner, or you can wash it with antibacterial soap and let it air dry. This is mainly for toys that have batteries, which you can’t soak or boil.
If you have toys that don’t have batteries and aren’t made of jelly– maybe a steel, pyrex or glass dildo– you can clean them by boiling them, if you’re nervous about getting all the extra germs out. For these, I also like to use toy wipes in addition to my normal cleaning routine. The aloe feels good on your skin the next time you use them, but they are also fragranced so if your skin is sensitive, you may want to skip this.