“A woman can never have too many shoes or too many sex toys.” —Coco Chanel, probably.
Sex toys are amazing: They are little machines specifically designed to bring joy and happiness right to you in the form of orgasms. If you don’t own a vibrator or sex toy, buy one (or a bunch) right now. Seriously.
But if you’re the owner (or prospective owner) of a vibrator (or any other sex toy), you need to know how to properly clean and store it. There is so little accurate information out there on the magical wonder of sex toys, let alone the care and maintenance of those objects.
Thankfully, we have you totally covered in this department! Here is everything you need to know about proper sex toy maintenance. Go forth and get it, queen!
Read the directions.
Before you do anything with a sex toy, read the directions. This means reading the directions before charging it, putting batteries in it, using it on your clitoris, or cleaning it. You wouldn’t try to mount your new television, build a dresser, or use an at-home UTI screening kit without reading the directions, right? The same thing goes for sex toys.
Sex toys may seem straightforward and intuitive (“The batteries go here, and the “ON/OFF” buttons are marked”), but they’re actually absurdly intricate. So many different manufacturers make so many different sex toys that no two are exactly the same. If you don’t read the directions, you might wind up breaking your new toy and wasting your money.
One more time for the cheap seats in the back: Read. The. Directions.
Pay attention to what your toys are made of.
Sex toys come in all forms of materials. Vibrators and G-spot toys are typically made from silicone or hard plastic. Only use vibrators made from medical-grade or body-safe silicone or ABS hard plastic—these are the safest and most nonporous materials. We also love glass and stainless steel, but these materials are usually used only for nonvibrating toys.
Most sex toys can be cleaned using a mild soap and warm water.
But for vibrators, you'll need to read the directions before submerging it in water (and even splashing it). If you submerge a toy into water that cannot be submerged, you’ll destroy it. Most vibrators are waterproof, not water submersible, meaning, you can rinse and wash it, but you cannot dunk it under the water completely.
For nonvibrating wands made from glass or stainless steel, you can dip them in boiling water or even stick them on the top rack of the dishwasher. Just remember, read the directions.
Clean your sex toys after every single use.
Do not keep using a sex toy without cleaning it. You will wind up with a bacterial or yeast infection. Leaving your or a partner's fluids on a toy is unsanitary and the germs will accumulate to dangerous levels. Don’t let that happen.
You don’t have to jump up every single time you have sex to clean a toy post-coitus, but put your toys aside to clean later. We suggest setting out a hand towel to place your used sex toys, or purchasing antimicrobial trays for this exact purpose. With your toys out of the way, you’ll have plenty of time for snuggles without getting bodily fluids all over your nightstand.
You can also clean your toys off with a wipe. We like these super mild Post-Play wipes from Sustain. And if you’re more of spray person, there are lots of awesome, alcohol-free, toy cleaners you can choose from. Our favorites are the Premium Sex Toy Cleaner from Lelo and this spray from We-Vibe.
But remember: While sprays and wipes are great for a quick fix, all toys should be throughly cleaned with soap and water before you use them again.
Store your sex toys in a clean, dry place.
After you’ve cleaned your sex toys and have patted them down with a clean towel, store them in a clean, dry place, You can keep them with your underwear, if you want. Or, if you’re extra fancy, you can buy a sex toy storage box like this gorgeous container from House of Plume.
Be sure whenever you keep your goodies, the area is sanitary and devoid of moisture. You don’t want to put anything in your vagina or on your vulva that is covered with bacteria, dust, or fuzz.
Last but not least, if you’re using a toy that is battery operated, remove the batteries between uses. This will help preserve the battery life, making your toy last longer. If your toy is charged by USB, be sure it’s completely off before putting it away. The last thing anyone needs is to get all hot and ready for a lovely masturbation-fest (or partner play) only to find their favorite toy is DOA.