Different ways to clean your sex toys
There are three ways to clean butt plugs or all sex toys: surface cleaning, deep cleaning, and sanitizing.
Each method entails some dos and don'ts. When choosing which method to use, it's important to remember the materials that your sex toy is made of and where and how you've used it.
A simple scrub can be enough to clean almost any type of sex toy, but the toy is neither disinfected nor sterilized with this method. If you're the only one using the toy, a mixture of water and liquid soap is usually enough for thorough surface cleaning.
Always determine your toy's water safety rating before putting it in the sink. A toy that doesn't feature some mechanism is okay to wash with water. Additionally, mechanized toys with splashproof or waterproof ratings are safe to surface-clean with liquid. Of course, you must remove the battery before rinsing the buttery-operated toys with water.
On the other hand, if the toy isn't water-safe, it should be kept away from water and be rinsed with a damp towel or washcloth instead.
First, rinse the toy with water or wipe it to remove any excess bodily fluids or excess debris. You can afterward apply liquid soap and finish cleaning by washing it off or wiping it with another damp towel.
If the toy has a curved surface and crevices that gather debris and bacteria, you can use a soft brush to remove the excess dirt.
After you've rinsed or wiped the toy for the last time, you can leave it on a clean towel and give it time to air-dry. This way, you avoid lint getting stuck to your toys, and you save yourself the time of extra wiping. Battery-operated devices should be left to air dry with their buttery-case open.
Instead of using water, liquid, or castile soap, you can opt for sex toys cleaning products such as sprays and specially-designed wipes. Since most of the time, you still need to rinse the toys with water after using the products, they could be more convenient and energy-saving.
However convenient, sometimes surface cleaning isn't enough to make the toy safe. Suppose you're sharing the butt plug with another partner(s) or want to insert it vaginally and anally. In that case, disinfecting the toys is a must to prevent unnecessary STDs and genital infections.
Additionally, some toys, such as silicone butt plugs, may be easy to clean but retain some smell after being inserted anally. Deep cleaning is a great way to remove the odor without harming the toy's structure or functionality.
There are two ways to deep-clean and disinfect your toys - boiling them in water or putting them in the dishwasher. Boiling helps remove most of the pathogens left on the surface, while dishwashing kills all bacteria but can't do anything about viruses or fungi.
You can quickly disinfect stainless steel, borosilicate glass, and silicone toys by cleaning their surface and boiling them in water. You can also place a cloth over the glass toys to prevent them from breaking while the boiling water stirs them inside the pan. The whole process should take a maximum of a few minutes, and it's recommended to watch over it.
After you've disinfected them, you can use tongs to take the butt plugs out of the water and leave them to air dry. Avoid rinsing them with cold water while they're hot since the sudden temperature change can affect the toy's surface material.
The dishwasher is a practical deep-cleaning alternative for those who can't be bothered to boil their toys. You can place the butt plugs at the top part of the dishwasher and set the cycle to run without soap. However, since the water in the dishwasher is extremely hot and not boiling, this process may be less effective in disinfecting the toys.
Sanitizing your toys has the same purpose as deep-cleaning them: to remove bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens from the toys without harming them.
The popular method to sanitize our tools is UV sanitizers. UV sanitizers aren't harmful to sex toys and are highly effective against all kinds of bacteria. Many people like them since the process is much shorter and easier to practice after every use of the toys.
On the other hand, UV sanitizers can be expensive, which is why many sex-toy communities avoid buying them. Additionally, these products can only sanitize the suitcases they can reach, which means that every butt plug containing some nooks or crannies won't be thoroughly sanitized in those areas.
Another method to sanitize your sex toys is by bleaching. The recommended ratio is five tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of water. You can spray the bleach onto the toy and leave it to do its magic. For toys that are labeled 100% waterproof, you can also submerge the whole toy into bleach. In both cases, the bleach solution should take effect for around 10 minutes.
The last step in the sanitation process is rinsing the toys with soap and water before leaving them to air dry.