Keeping Your Sex Toys Clean

Published: Friday, Dec 07

Not many people realise the importance of cleaning their sex toys. I was one of those people until working in a Sex Toy store.

I was shocked by the number of customers coming in to complain about their toys becoming eroded over time or even worse, them picking up an infection. The cause of the toys eroding was because they were using inappropriate cleaning products such as baby wipes. The infection due to them not cleaning their sex toy before/after use. 

With your toys mostly going in personal areas it’s important to keep on top of hygiene to avoid any nasties. There are a number of different ways to clean your toys depending on the material the toy is made of.  We’ve create a helpful guide below on how to clean your product depending on the material it’s made of.

silicone toy


Most waterproof toys are made from Silicone, to keep these clean and hygienic you can wash your toy in soapy hot water and then ensure it’s dry before it’s put away. For better piece of mind we would recommend a toy specific cleaning wipe/spray as listed at the bottom of this page.

Tip: If you do have a Silicone toy we recommend you keep it away from other Silicone products (such as toys and lubes) as this can erode the toy.

jelly sex toy example


This is normally for a soft, bendy toy that isn’t made of silicone. Jelly toys are porous which means that bacteria can get under the surface of the toy and thrive there. There are two things you can do (Prevention and Maintenance).

Prevention: Put a condom over your sex toy before use.

Maintenance: Use warm, soapy water to clean your toy or as with Silicone use anti-bacterial wipes or sex toy cleaners.

glass toy example


Glass toys are great to quickly and safely clean. To deep clean a toy you can put it in a pan of boiling water. For before and after use we recommend anti-bacterial wipes or toy cleaning wipes.

metal toy example


Metal toys require the least maintenance; we recommend you use an antibacterial wipe before and after every use.


Sex Toy Wipes

Wipes are a quick and easy way to keep your toys hygienically clean. Normally wipes such as Buzz Fresh contain camomile cleansers and are toy and skin friendly.

Lovehoney UK Wipes – £6.99 for 25
Lovehoney US Wipes – $9.99 for 25

TIP: To make your wipes last longer, we recommend tearing a wipe into halves or quarters to get more use out of each wipe.


HygIENE Spray

Hygiene sprays are perfect to spritz over your toys before and after each use to keep them clean, hygienic and always ready to play again. 

Lovehoney UK  – £9.99
Lovehoney US – from $16.99


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