How to clean a dildo?

Sex is always one of the main rhythms of human life. Sex is also an important time to reduce stress. With the rise of sex toys, sex life has become more and more exciting. Among sex toys, dildo occupies a large proportion. Need to be cleaned after sex. Whether it is the vagina or anus, or the dildo involved in it, it must be cleaned. Although cleaning can sometimes be complicated. It is necessary to clean the dildo and store it carefully. Not only can you ensure your health, but you can also extend the use time of dildo. It is easy to clean the dildo. Just need to understand a few simple steps.

1. Know What Material Your Dildo Is Made Of

Knowing how to clean your dildo depends largely on what the dildo is made of. You can figure this out by checking the box or the manual it came with, or by looking up your dildo online.

If your dildo looks and feels like real skin, then it’s probably made of Cyberskin. Since Cyberskin (also called “soft-skin” or “ultra skin”) is super porous, it’s crucial to use a small amount of mild soap and warm water to clean it. The same goes for other toys made from porous materials, such as jelly rubber or latex. Non-porous dildos, such as those made from silicone, glass, or hard plastic, are easier to clean because they’re soft and generally not irritating to sensitive skin. With these, you should still use mild soap, but you have the option of subjecting them to higher water temperatures without worrying about the material degrading.

2. Make Sure You’re Using Small Amounts Of Mild Soap To Wash Your Dildos

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you need to use harsh soap to properly clean your dildos. In fact, some heavy-duty cleansers can damage sex toys that are made out of more sensitive materials like Cyberskin. It’s best to stick to fragrance-free, pH-balanced soap to avoid any undue irritation to your vulva, says Megan Stubbs, board-certified sexologist and author of Playing Without a Partner: A Singles Guide to Sex, Dating, and Happiness. This is especially important to keep in mind when you’re washing toys made from porous materials.

Consider investing in dildos cleaning sprays and wipes, which are specifically formulated to clean dildos without damaging them.

Carol Queen, staff sexologist at Good Vibrations, cautions against using antibacterial soaps containing triclosan: “This can be an irritating material, and it is implicated (since so many wash their hands using these products) in the growth of ‘super-bugs,” she says.

3. Check the Label Before Submerging Any Dildo That’s Motorized

If your dildo vibrates — whether that means you’re working with a battery-powered situation or your dildo actually has a power cord of some sort — double-check the label before you dunk it in water to keep from breaking it. Depending on the toy, you might be able to remove the battery or motorized part and then submerge the rest. If it says “waterproof,” you should be fine; if you see “splash proof” on the label then definitely don’t keep it underwater. Instead, clean these dildos with a dab of mild soap and a damp cloth, or use a spray or a wipe.

4. Submerge Non-Motorized, Durable Dildos In Boiling Water

If your dildo is made from a durable, non-porous material (like silicone, pyrex, or stainless steel) and it’s not motorized, then you should be submerging it in water to properly clean it — in fact, letting your dildo sit in boiling water for a few minutes is your best bet for a deep clean.

You can also run your dildos through the dishwasher to sanitize them, but make sure to pay attention to any cleaning instructions regarding water temperature (and be sure you don’t load your machine up with detergent first). We don’t recommend submerging natural stone-based dildos in boiling water, however, in case the dildo contains any fissures.

5. Always Use Clean Towels To Dry Off Your Dildos After Washing Them

It’s key that you use either a super clean hand towel or a fresh paper towel to dry off your dildos. Don’t think it’s ever safe to use the dingy hand towel hanging in your bathroom, either: Unless you live alone and never have guests over, or you wash your bath towels daily, then that towel’s almost definitely holding some bacteria hostage.

Also, make sure to dry your dildos completely before storing them. Regardless of how sanitary your dildo storage space is, even slightly damp dildos are susceptible to mold and mildew growth. Not only will fungus likely ruin them, but it’s also obviously not something you want to rub on or inside of yourself.

6. Wash Your Dildos Before & After You Use Them

It may sound like a hassle to wash your dildos before and after you use them, especially if you’re in the middle of something sexy and fun. But if you assume your dildo is safe to use in the morning just because you washed it the night before, you could end up putting yourself at risk for infections. After you clean it with soap, be sure to thoroughly rinse it to avoid irritation.

You should also wash your dildos right when you take them out of the package. Even though they’re new toys, the factories they came from aren’t clean rooms.

Storing your dildos in their own sanitized case or bag directly after washing them will help keep them hygienic, but it’s still a good idea to wash your dildos both before and after you use them: It’ll only take a minute, and knowing you’re protected from infection means you can fully focus on pleasure.

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