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Sex Toy Care and Cleaning

For all Toy Use

If you'd like to swap toys with a partner or use the same toy vaginally and anally without interrupting the flow of things to wash up, put a condom on your toy (a new one for each orifice) to minimize the risk of transmitting viruses or bacteria.


Vibrators can be wiped clean with a cloth moistened with warm water and a mild soap. To prevent corrosion of motor parts, don't ever immerse a vibrator in water (except, of course, waterproof vibrators).

Silicone Toys

Clean silicone with mild soap and water, and make sure it's been rinsed well and is thoroughly dry before putting it away. (Most viruses and bacteria cannot live on a dry surface.) Silicone products can also be safely washed in the top rack of a dishwasher or sterilized by boiling (unless your dildo has any plastic parts attached).

One word of caution: please do what you can to avoid breaking the surface of the silicone. Once even a small crack has formed, silicone toys can tear. So watch out for teeth and fingernails, and don't let the cat kidnap your toy! If you are using a harness, make sure the dildo fits easily through the opening and does not have to be forced. Use some lubricant, if necessary (but don't use silicone-based lubricant with your silicone toys; silicone-based lubricant can damage silicone toys).

Rubber Toys

As these rubber dildos are porous, using condoms is the easiest way to keep them clean. Rubber dildos will become more flexible with time and use; if you d like yours to soften up in a hurry, leave it in the sun. Clean all dildos and plugs with mild soap and water. Make sure they ve been rinsed well and are completely dry before putting them away.

Softskin Toys

Softskin is a semi-porous material; for this reason, we recommend using condoms on Softskin Toys whenever possible.

Keeping your softskin toy clean will help maintain its texture and quality. After each use clean your toy with mild soap and water and rinse well. Dry thoroughly (inside and out if it's a sleeve), away from a heat source. Dust with cornstarch inside and out. (Please don't use talcum powder to dust your softskin toy if it will come into contact with genitalia; talc has been linked to cervical cancer.) Store in a cool dry place away from the sun and strong light sources.


Keep your harness as clean as you would any other item of intimate apparel. Hand wash your harness with mild soap and water, and let it dry thoroughly before putting it away. Harnesses made from fabric are machine-washable. Be careful not to leave your leather harness in front of direct heat.

Latex Products

Use only water-based or silicone-based lubricants with latex, never oil or petroleum-based lubes. Keep latex in a cool, dry place. Don't re-use latex products such as condoms, gloves, and dams.