How to Clean Sex Toys

Everyone wants to keep their sex toys clean and hygienic, and with right techniques and the right cleaning products, it's really easy!

Sex toy cleaning and safe storage are crucial factors in whether your pleasure products last a lifetime or just a few minutes. Read on as we explain the best way to clean sex toys.

How to Clean Sex Toys

Whether you’re cleaning a vibrator or a dildo, to ensure maximum hygiene, make sure your sex toys are cleaned before and after you use them. The only thing you need for the cleaning process is hot water, a good-quality sex toy cleaner and a clean dry towel or kitchen roll.

To clean:

  • Give your toys a rinse with water and then spray them with Lovehoney Fresh Sex Toy Cleaner.
  • Leave it for 30 seconds or so, and then clean any stubborn areas (such as ridges or nodules) carefully before rinsing all the cleaner off with warm water.

“Having only used toy cleaning wipes previously, I found this product so much better. The amount you get in the bottle is really good, it cleans toys very well and you get so much more use compared to wipes. It is easy-to-use, and has no overpowering scent.” - Happy_Larry

To dry:

  • Leave your toy to air dry on sheets of clean paper towel
  • Speed up the process by drying with a clean towel

By cleaning thoroughly and drying your toys completely, you will prevent dust and bacteria build-up and keep them looking, feeling and - dare we say it - smelling like new.

How to Clean a Fleshlight

A fleshlight is usually made from realistic feel material, which is formulated to feel as close to real skin as possible.

Other realistic feel materials include: Cyberskin, Futurotic Plus, LoveClone, Loveskin, Magic Flesh, Realskin, Refined Touch, Sil-A-Gel, Silk Skin, Skin Touch, SoftSkin, SoftTouch, True Skin, UR3 (Ultra Realistic 3.0), and Virtual Skin.

For realistic feel sex toys, there's one extra step that will keep it feeling soft and supple instead of sticky.

  • Sprinkle your toy with cornstarch or a renewer powder like the Thrust Lifelike Sex Toy Renewer Powder to counteract that tacky feeling.
  • Then, ensure the toy is stored separately from any other toys.

“After purchasing a Cyberskin cock and the hubby having a collection of realistic pussies, after washing and leaving to dry they always felt a tad sticky, so we knew we had to make this purchase. And wow it really does put the life back into our toys and returns them back to their usable state again!” - Horny_couple_69

To check if your toy is made from realistic feel material and needs special attention, go to the product page on Lovehoney and double-check the material under 'How it feels'.

Dos and Don’ts for Cleaning Sex Toys

DO clean your toys before and after use DO use a sex toy cleaner for extra peace of mind DO remove any batteries and close the battery compartments tightly before cleaning DO leave your sex toys to air dry thoroughly (laid on paper towel is ideal), or dry with a clean towel

DON'T put your sex toys away before they are totally dry DON'T leave your sex toys on a radiator or next to a heat source to dry DON'T store your newly cleaned toys together - please read our guide: How to Store Sex Toys

Need more help?

You can contact Customer Care, who will be able to give you the best advice on how to look after your sex toys. You can email, call or live chat online to an experienced advisor from 24/7.

The other great place to look for people's advice on sex toys is on the Lovehoney Forum, where our community is on hand to give their opinions and tips.

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