Sex Toys 101

Keeping Your Toys Clean

Last week we asked, what are your sex toys really made of, and talked about the different types of sex toys materials, and which are considered the safest, most hygienic and most durable. Choosing a sex toy that is made from quality materials – or always being sure to use a condom with your toys – is important. Equally important is taking proper care of your treasures, and cleaning them properly, to ensure they remain safe to use.

While some toys will need little more than a quick rinse with hot soapy water – and some can simply be dunked in boiling water to sterilize them completely – others require a little more care.

Now that you know what your toys are made from, here’s a quick guide to keeping them clean and in great condition.

Glass and Steel

Glass and steel toys are tough and durable, and are non-porous, meaning you don’t need to worry about bacterial nasties making their way into them. If you’re not sharing them with a partner, you can simply wash your glass and steel toys with soap and water or a toy cleaner. If you are sharing them, or you prefer to be thorough, you can sterilize them in boiling water. Just don’t touch them until they’ve cooled down.


Silicone is also non-porous and long lasting, although it can tear if nicked and its texture can be affected by silicone lubricant. Only use water-based lubes with Silicone toys, and to clean your toy, you can sterilize it in boiling water or wash it with a toy cleaner.

CyberSkin and Elastomer

Unlike silicone, CyberSkin is porous, so it cannot be sterilized and it can be prone to small tears. Wash CyberSkin toys gently with mild soap or a toy cleaner after each use and dry thoroughly. Applying your toy’s provided renewal powder once dry will prevent discoloration and protect your toy when not in use. Elastomer toys are similar in that they are slightly porous and should be washed carefully with a mild soap or toy cleaner.

Silicone Blend and Jelly

Silicone blend and jelly toys can be porous and cannot be boiled. Wash these with mild soap or a toy cleaner after each use. Because they can contain phthalates, it is also a good idea to wash them before their first use, and always use a condom with them. Use water-based lubricants only to avoid the surface of your toy deteriorating or becoming damaged.

Handy Hint

Short on time? Glass, steel and silicon toys (without electrical components) can apparently be thrown into the dishwasher with your fine china for cleaning. None of my girlfriends have tried this, but more and more toy manufacturers are boasting it as a selling point. Can anyone vouch for this method? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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