How To Clean a vibrator
06Sep

How to Clean a Vibrator (Because Right Now, You’re Doing It Wrong!)

How to Clean a Vibrator

We all want to get down and dirty, but dirty is one thing your sex toys should never be. Bacterial infections and the spread of STDs is anything but sexy, but many may not know the proper steps to staying protected. So, let’s talk adult toy cleaners and how to keep our toys clean, and how to clean a vibrator, even when our minds are all about getting dirty. 😉

Most of us already know the importance of keeping our intimate toy collection sanitized. Hygiene can mean the difference between contracting an infection, or staying healthy. But cleaning your vibrator, dildo or any of your adult toys, is not as simple as washing them in the sink with some detergent and hot water. There’s a lot to consider when tackling sex toy hygiene: the material of your toy, whether it’s got a motor, or twists, turns and crevices, and so forth.

A mind blowing vibrator or toy can set you back quite a bit of money, so it’s obviously important not to damage it with your cleaning regime. (And remember, having a better “O” can make you live longer!) Another thing to consider when choosing cleaning methods is whether you’re using chemicals that are safe for your own body. After all, sex toys come in intimate contact with ourselves, and our partners – so we don’t want to use cleaning agents, such as harsh chemicals, that we know could do bodily damage.

If you’re overwhelmed by all the info out there on sex toy maintenance and hygiene, or you’re not sure just exactly what your unique vibrator needs, then sit back and relax – because we’ve got your back.

In this article, we’re going to cover the different options for cleaning your vibrator and discuss what bacteria and STDs you’re really fighting against when you upkeep hygiene. Remember: knowing the risks is half the battle.

If some of these methods for cleaning your sex toys seem anything but sexy, and especially inaccessible when you’re just wanting to roll over in bed and fall right asleep, then don’t worry – the tech world has answered our prayers, and we’re going to introduce you to breakthrough toy cleaning technology that will save you time, and worry.

Lastly, for those of you with no time to waste, you can skip down to our TL;DR, handy-dandy list of the most commonly used vibrators, and how best to clean them.

Why We Clean Our Sex Toys

Let’s talk about what we mean when we say sex toy hygiene is imperative. What is cleaning your vibrator meant to protect you from?

Bacteria

  • Escherichia coli
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Streptococcus sp.
  • Gardnerella vaginalis
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Candida albicans.

All of these bacteria may sound scary, and trust us, they are. They are known for hanging out and breeding on un-properly cleaned toys, which could spell disaster for those who like to play dirty but keep things clean downstairs. These bacteria can cause both vaginal and anal health issues. If you’re looking to have fun with your vibrator, without a painfully itchy or chafey drawback, then it’s important you thoroughly clean it immediately after use.

These bacteria can grow on all sorts of toys, regardless of their shape, function, or material. Whether your vibe or dildo is made out of silicone, glass, plastic, or jelly rubber, these bacteria love to make a home out of it – there is no toy that is exempt from collecting harmful bacteria.

A lot of us understandably just roll over and take a snooze after a fun session with a toy, and leave the clean-up for later. Unfortunately, leaving your sex toy alone before cleaning it can result in the formation of a biofilm. That is, an ecosystem of bacteria over the entirety of the toy, especially in those hard to reach nooks and crannies – gross! This biofilm makes your toy even harder to thoroughly clean between uses, and leaves you vulnerable to bacterial infection even with common cleaning methods.

STDs

Sex toys aren’t just for use alone, and for those of us sharing our toys with a partner, (or partners) it becomes even more important to clean our toys in-between uses to protect against the spread of disease. In this case, you’d much rather be safe than sorry.

Non-sanitized sex toys can transmit the following STIs:

  • Chlamydia
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes
  • Bacterial Vaginosis

Now that we’ve covered the unsexy, bad-kinda-dirty side of why you should keep your toys clean, it’s time to delve into the how. We’re going to cover both common, old-school, and new ways of cleaning and storing your toys, as well as cover which methods are best for which materials.

What’s Your Favorite Vibrator Made Of?

It’s important to note that depending on the material of your toy, it either is porous or nonporous. Porous toys, such as those made from plastics and jelly rubber, will more readily absorb bacteria, making them harder to clean. Alternatively, nonporous toys, such as those made from silicone, glass, or stainless steel, won’t absorb bacteria past their surface.

For this reason, nonporous toys are usually safer to use, and more hygienic – but if your toy is porous, consider using a condom with it to help keep things clean, especially if you’re sharing the toy with a partner (or partners!). If you’re not sure what your toy is made of, check the packaging, or Google the product name. You absolutely must know the material of your toy in order to best effectively sanitize it.

Protecting Your Vibrator

Before we jump into how to clean your vibrator, it’s important to talk about protecting it. (And in case you need to know how to use your vibrator, here you go!)

After all, cleaning your vibrator is one thing, but if it’s not stored correctly, all that elbow grease spent on scrubbing and soaping will have been for nought. A vibrator that bounces around loose in a drawer is going to pick up dirt, crumbs, hairs, and skin flakes, no matter how clean it is. Sex toys that are stored together can also cause problems; certain materials can damage others if left in contact.

Make sure to store your vibrators, and sex toys, separately. The easiest options available are either soft material bags, or hard containers. Of course, you could always splurge on sex toy specific storage, if you’re wanting the best for your vibe. The important thing to remember is to avoid plastic bags, Tupperware, etc. These plastics can leach chemicals into your toys over time (especially the porous ones) and are best avoided.

Ways to Clean Your Vibrator (And Other Sex Toys)

Dishwasher

Truly a classic, and a pretty accessible form of sanitization for your toys, dumping dildos in the dishwasher can be a hassle free way of getting them squeaky clean. Obviously, a lot of electronic toys, namely vibes and wands might not pull through an ordeal in a dishwasher, so it’s important to check the fine print on your toys before throwing them in with your dishes.

how to clean sex toysCertain materials also don’t do well in hot water, and can melt or become malformed if subjected to a full machine wash cycle. Another bummer about cleaning toys in a dishwasher is how non-discrete it is if you’re sharing a home with kids, or roommates.

It’s very easy to ‘set and forget’ when it comes to the dishwasher, and unless you’re watching it like a hawk as it goes through it’s final rinse cycle, it’s very easy for an unsuspecting guest or family member to go in for a clean mug and come across your vibrator! This makes the dishwasher method less ideal for those with busy homes, forgetful minds, or frequent players who don’t want to up their water bill by running the dishwasher all the time.

These adult toys like it:

  • silicone
  • pyrex
  • stainless steel

These adult toys don’t:

  • battery operated
  • electronic toys
  • glass
  • porous toys

Hand Washing With Soap

A no-brainer, hand washing your toys with warm water, and a gentle antibacterial soap (we recommend using either a hypoallergenic soap, or a sex-toy cleaner; guaranteed to not irritate your bits) is an accessible and easy way to clean your sex toys. Obviously, when dealing with non-waterproof vibrators, like the Magic Wand or Womanizer, you will want to forgo holding them under running water, or submerging them completely. Opt for using a damp cloth and a bit of soap instead.

how to clean sex toys

Whilst this is the most accessible and easy way to clean your sex toys, there are some downsides. Hand washing isn’t very thorough, and for toys that can’t be fully submerged in water, and have hard to reach crevices, bacteria and other nasties can proliferate in those missed places. Also, washing sex toys, or allowing them to soak, might not be super easy for those of us who share a house with nosey roommates, or even nosier family members. If you like to keep things private, washing your toys in a communal sink might not be ideal. But when it comes to using water and soap, we love how fast and easy this method is!

These adult toys like it:

  • porous and nonporous toys
  • (go easy with the hot water on the porous toys)

These adult toys don’t:

  • non-waterproof toys
  • toys with nooks and crannies

For more guidance on cleaning your vibrator with soap, and water, check out this how-to video!

Using Alcohol, or Other Chemical Disinfectants

While alcohol and disinfectants are great at killing germs, they’re also pretty harmful to both you, and your toys. Porous materials may melt, or become disfigured if doused in alcohol, and though you may rinse the alcohol off after cleaning, remnants of alcohol can wreak havoc on your most intimate body parts. It’s safe to steer clear of alcohol or harsh disinfectants completely, and opt for toy-friendly soaps, or other recommended cleaners. However, if you’re cleaning leather intimate items, such as holsters, and whips, some watered down rubbing alcohol will do a good job of sanitizing them. Just make sure to follow up with a mink oil, or other leather conditioner, to keep the leather from drying up or cracking.

These adult toys like it:

  • glass
  • stainless steel
  • leather accessories

These adult toys don’t:

  • Porous toys

Boiling Water

Whilst most germs and bacteria can’t survive boiling point, they require longer exposure (think minutes, not seconds) in order to be completely wiped out. That’s what makes boiling water a pretty inefficient cleaning method for your vibrator and dildos.

Pouring boiled water over toys can be pretty ineffective, as the water cools down when removed from the stove. And while boiling water will clean your toys, they’d need to be fully submerged for at least a couple of minutes – a method that’s a surefire way to break your vibrators, melt your porous and glass fun-buddie, and heat up your stainless steel to the point where it’ll need to be carefully removed.

For these reasons and more, this is another method we don’t recommend, as it’s easy to do incorrectly, and easy to ruin your favorite adult toys.

These adult toys like it:

  • Stainless steel

These adult toys don’t:

  • motor operated toys
  • Magic Wand
  • Womanizer
  • non-waterproof toys
  • porous toys
  • glass toys

The Best Way to Clean Your Dildo: The UVee

We’re living in the future, folks – and if there are self-driving cars, surely there are better ways to clean your adult toys than what we’ve listed so far. We’ve found a new techy way to keep your vibrator super clean, with minimal effort, and with maximum efficiency.

Introducing The UVee, a revolutionarily new way to clean your sex toys.

how to clean a vibratorEver wanted to clean your vibe, charge your vibe, and store it securely all at once?

The UVee can do all that, and ready your vibe for immediate use in under 10 minutes.

For those of us who like to chill out after a play session, the UVee is a godsend, allowing us to simply throw our toys in the one container; where they’ll be thoroughly cleaned, and charged, while we sleep it off.

UVee is the only all-in-one, sanitizing, charging and locked storage system for your vibrators, and if you love your vibes as much as we love ours, you know they deserve a home as good as the UVee.

How Does The UVee Clean Your Vibrator?

The UVee cleans your vibrators and toys using UV-C sanitizing light. This tech kills 99.9% of all bacteria exposed to it; making it the most effective cleaning method on this list.

Regardless of what material your toy is made of, porous or not, or if it’s got crevices, or a motor, the UVee can clean it, and it can clean it well.

Another thing we love about the UVee is that it also securely stores our toys. Making sure they’re not only cleaned between uses, but are kept private. The UVee can be locked via a pin code, making sure that any nosey roommates, or family members, won’t accidentally come across your intimate collection.

Lastly, the icing on the cake for us with the UVee, is its built-in charging dock. Gone are those nights (or days) when you’re ready to get buzzing, and your vibrator is dead and dusted. When you place your vibe in the UVee, simply plug it in, and while it is sanitized, and stored, it’ll also charge up. The UVee gives you direct access to immediate fun times whenever you want them!

Pretty much all toys love the UVee, so this really is a one-size-fits-all solution.

TL;DR!

Here’s a brief list of the five of the most popular vibrators, and how best to clean them:

How to clean The Magic Wand

The Magic Wand is not waterproof, but as it’s only really the head that sees any action, that’s the only part of the wand that you need to sanitize. To clean the head of the Magic Wand, grab a cloth, run it under some warm water, wring it out so it’s just damp, and squirt a pea-sized amount of gentle, fragrance-free soap onto it. Then simply scrub the head of the wand to clean it.

how to clean magic wandThe better way to clean your Magic Wand is to use the UVee as both a sanitizer, and charging dock. As the UVee uses UV-C light to sanitize your wand, it won’t cause any water damage, but it’ll still kill 99.9% of germs!

The UVee Home Unit is designed to fit the Magic Wand.

How to Clean a Womanizer

Cleaning the womanizer can be a little tricky. The womanizer is made up of two parts; the head, and the body. The silicone head can be removed to thoroughly sanitize, but the body of the womanizer is not waterproof, and made from a different material (hard plastic). To clean the silicone head, remove it from the toy, and wash it thoroughly with toy-friendly soap and warm water. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the plastic body.

how to clean your womanizerOf course, this method won’t thoroughly clean the Womanizer, so we do recommend using the UVee in this case; which will clean both the head, and the body of the Womanizer without using any water.

For those of you sharing your Womanizer with a partner, you should have a spare silicone head which you can swap out in between uses! This makes it way easier to share, and you don’t need to worry about cleaning until after you’re done.

How to Clean an Eva

how to clean Eva Sex ToyThe entire body of the Eva is made from medical-grade silicone. It can be safely washed with water and antibacterial soap. The Eva doesn’t do well on at extreme temperatures, so make sure to use warm water – not too cold, not too hot. As the entire body of the Eva is silicone, it’s important to store it securely, and on its own – helping to prevent damage and bacteria spreading.

How to Clean the Minna Limon

The Minna Limon is super cute; tiny, entirely silicone, and therefore easy to clean. Simply use water and soap, or disinfectant wipes. If using disinfectant, try to use something toy-friendly. Harsh chemicals and alcohols can not only harm your toy, but your body as well. Lastly, the Minna Limon should be stored separately from other toys to prevent damage.

How to Clean the G Spot Vibe

The G Spot Vibe is waterproof, and can be submerged fully in water, meaning you can wash it thoroughly under a running tap, or in the sink. Use a toy-safe cleaner, or gentle antibacterial soap. It’s important to wash the G Spot Vibe directly after use, and definitely in between uses when sharing. If you’re not wanting to ruin the mood by taking your toy to the kitchen or bathroom for a scrub, consider getting a UVee; have it next to the bed ready to store your vibe as soon as you’re done. The UVee will sanitize it in under 10 minutes using UV-C light. If you’re sharing your vibe, you can make sure it doesn’t run out of juice by charging it as it sanitizes. Find a way to pass the time (get creative) and in 10 minutes your vibe will be clean, charged and ready to use on your partner.

Clean Your Vibrator The Right Way

A vibrator can spice up your solo, and partnered sex life, adding a buzz and a kick to any play session. As adult toys can bring so much joy into our lives, it’s important to take care of them in return; ensuring their longevity, as well as protecting our own health and safety. Improperly cleaned toys can result in the spread of infection and disease, which is definitely a big price to pay for fantastic orgasms. Make sure you learn how to clean a vibrator the right way! Learn how to clean your sex toys in the most efficient way possible, and make getting down and dirty a clean, safe experience for you, and your partners.

Learn more about UVee Clean Units, by clicking here!

 

Happy Vibing!

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