How to Clean your Sex Toy: Do's and Don'ts

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If you are reading this, then you probably just bought a new sex toy and would like to know how to properly maintain it. Or, you are just curious about the proper method of cleaning strokers. Let me tell you, that you have come to the right place if you want to have proper information about how to clean your sex toy.

I go by the online name knifebro69 on Reddit and other platforms. I have reviewed a colossal amount of sex toys. From sex dolls, to strokers, to vibrators: I have used and – more importantly – cleaned them for many years now. My day job also involves a heavy knowledge of sanitation and using proper cleaning methods, so I believe I am more than qualified to educate you on how to take care of your sex toy, sleeve, and stroker.

Are Sex Toys Safe?

Considering sex toys are inserted inside our bodies, or onto our genitals, it’s natural to consider what materials they might be made from and how safe they are to use. Whilst sex toys like vibrators and dildos let users know about the materials, cleaning and how body-safe they might be, there is not as much information about male sex toy sleeves and strokers.

In fact, many people have misconceptions about the material that strokers and sleeves use to reciprocate soft flesh-like texture. The material used is thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) or thermoplastic rubber (TPR). The difference between TPE and TPR is minor, and essentially we can treat them as the same material.

There is a misunderstanding that because these materials are porous at a microscopic level, that they can cause bacteria to get trapped inside of pores and cause damage to your penis. This is not true, bacteria will only grow inside of your toy if you do not clean or dry your toy properly. There are thousands of men that have been using strokers for decades, with no issue at all. The issue truly comes down to the proper knowledge of taking care of your stroker.

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Phthalates in sex toys

TPE/TPR is a completely safe material, even used in the medical industry. The main issue – outside of improper maintenance – is buying impure TPE/TPR. The purity of the material needs to be very high, otherwise phthalates (a family of chemical rubber softeners used in many sex toys) can be present within the material and these are unsafe for intimate contact.

This is why I suggest that people buy from reputable companies that have a high standard of quality. When TPE/TPR is made at an extremely high level of purity, phthalates are not present within the material. So as long as you aren’t buying a product made by a questionable maker, you will be fine. Sex toys are completely safe, as long as they are made to a high standard.

What happens if you improperly clean your sex toys?

There are many things that can happen if you improperly clean your toys. The main problem that is consistent with most issues people will have with their toys, revolves around bacterial growth. Bacterial growth is caused by, you guessed it, bacteria being left within the toy and being given the conditions allowed to thrive. Mostly, leaving the toy both dirty and wet is probably the ideal condition for bacteria to populate in. This can lead to mold, urinary tract infections, and a bunch of other gross and painful situations.

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What happens if you improperly clean your sex toys?

There are many things that can happen if you improperly clean your toys. The main problem that is consistent with most issues people will have with their toys, revolves around bacterial growth. Bacterial growth is caused by, you guessed it, bacteria being left within the toy and being given the conditions allowed to thrive. Mostly, leaving the toy both dirty and wet is probably the ideal condition for bacteria to populate in. This can lead to mold, urinary tract infections, and a bunch of other gross and painful situations.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Clean Your Sex Toy

What you will need:

  • Clean Microfiber Cloth
  • Toy Cleaner
  • Sink, Shower, or Bath
  • Drying Area

Step 1
Firstly, use your toy, and have an excellent time doing so. After this, what we will be dealing with will be a few different elements. Firstly, we have lube. Make sure whenever you use any toy that uses high quality TPE or TPR (which is the material Kiiroo uses for their strokers), that you only use water based lubricants. Oil based lubricants can seriously shorten the lifespan of your toy, or just make it dangerous by breaking down the TPE or TPR on a molecular level.

The other main thing that we will be cleaning out is going to be semen, and sperm. Did you know semen and sperm are two different things? Semen is the fluid that serves as the transportation method for the sperm. Basically, the only thing that matters for our purposes is the fact that both of these are organic, and we need to use some sort of sanitizing solution in order to get rid of it. If we skip sanitization, we could have bacteria build up which could cause a wide variety of problems. Lastly, there will probably be either hair or lint, but objectively they do not pose any challenges to cleaning.

Step 2
After your toy has been used, you will want to take it to a source of running water, preferably through a spout of some kind. The most common places are the shower, bath, or sink. You want to remove the sleeve from the case, take both caps off, and clean every part individually. With the caps and the case, you will want to get the inside and outside rinsed off. Make sure to clear any semen, lube, or whatever out. With the sleeve, do the same. Be careful to check the inside of the sleeve to confirm that you have flushed it completely of debris.

When flushing out semen, you will want to use cold water. This will be faster for rinsing your sleeve of the material, but only marginally. The main idea behind this is that hot water will coagulate the proteins in the organic material that semen is composed of. So if that happens, it will not want to flush out as easily. So cold water is going to be optimal, but being someone that has rinsed toys out with both hot and cold water, you will not notice a huge difference. If your hands are cold and the cold water hurts to clean your toy with, go ahead and use warm or hot water. Just ensure that the water isn’t too hot, as that could damage your toy, but that would be near boiling temperatures.

Step 3
This step is arguably the most important: sterilization. You will need to have some sort of toy cleaner spray. I would suggest that you buy this spray from a reputable company such as FeelXVideos, because you really want the cleaner to work properly. Take the sleeve, the case, and both end caps and spray the inside and outside of all of these with the toy cleaner. There is going to be a sweet spot when it comes to how far away you will want to shoot the toy from. The area of effect that the toy cleaner’s cone shaped spray will hit, will be smaller the closer you shoot, and bigger the farther away it is. Think of it like a spotlight. If you have it too far away from the toy, it will not apply enough solution, or just miss too much of the toy. I personally have found about 4-6 inches away is optimal for my cleaning routine.

After spraying all of the inside and outside of the toy, case, and end caps, you will need to wait 30 seconds for the solution to activate and kill the bacteria.

Step 4
After sanitation, you will want to rinse off everything again. Just give everything, inside and out, a good cleaning. If you want to be extra professional about it, while the toys are in the 30 second wait period for sterilization, wash your hands. Afterwards, rinse out everything, inside and out.

Step 5
For the last step, you will want to have a clean place that you would not mind having your toy sit for a long while. Ideally, this place will have a decent airflow, to allow for air drying to be faster. Secondly, you will want this place to be clean. Because, I mean, you just cleaned your toy, why would you want to dirty it up just by laying it down in a dirty area?

Use your microfiber cloth, and pat down the outside and inside of the case, sleeve, and end caps. Then, air dry all of these parts until the outside of the sleeve is relatively dry, and the inside of the case is relatively dry. Usually the microfiber cloth will get you to that point. Afterwards, put the sleeve back into the case, but leave both of the caps off of the case. Put the sleeve in the case in an upright position, standing it up so that the front end of the toy is facing to the sky, and the bottom end is sitting down on the drying area you have designated. Leave it like that, and let it air dry. The reason for this, is that you want gravity to pull down any moisture while you are letting it air dry. This will speed up the process.

How long the drying will take, will depend on your climate’s humidity or dryness. The internal design of your toy could also increase or decrease the longevity of the drying time. Keep in mind that the bottom end of your toy will be smaller than the top of it, so it can topple over relatively easily. You could solve this in a number of ways, such as resting it against something and giving it another balance point. Just ensure that whatever you do is not going to dirty your toy again.

That is pretty much it! I wish you much pleasure with your sex toy in a safe and clean way.

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