EasyGlide Toy Cleaner – Antibacterial Cleaner for Adult Toys - 150ml
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Clean sex toys are also among the strongest pillars of a safe and healthy sex life,” says sex and relationships advisor for Peaches and Screams, Barbara Santini. “Sex toys require high hygienic standards to keep away infections, including STIs. Cleaning also helps keep them in good shape for future use.” Washing sex toys before you use them is also a good idea because they can accumulate dust and dirt while sitting in your drawers, which can majorly throw off your vaginal pH. The cleverly named Foami cleaner is one of the best foaming options on the market. Made by Sweet Vibes, this sudsy cleaner features natural ingredients known for their antibacterial properties like tea tree oil and aloe extract. The bottle contains three ounces, but you only need two to three pumps per clean, so it'll last you quite some time…unless, perhaps, you run out of body wash and use this skin-safe soap to wash your arms and legs. Using unclean sex toys can potentially introduce unwanted bacteria or other pathogens—like fungi—into the vulvar-vaginal environment that can lead to the overgrowth of bacteria known as bacterial vaginosis or cause a urinary tract infection,” said sexologist Amanda Morgan, an associate professor-in-residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “It is especially important to thoroughly clean toys that are used by multiple partners.”
The beauty of nonporous toys is that, as long as they’re not motorized, can even be boiled or run through the dishwasher.
If you’re feeling lazy, you can (occasionally) get away with using a sex toy cleaner.
If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that we should all try to be more mindful about sanitization — especially when it comes to the most sensitive areas of your body. While it may not seem sexy, cleaning your sex toys can just be another (perhaps the last) step when you masturbate or play with a partner. Just as you wash your body after sex and rigorously wash your hands after…well, touching anything, cleaning sex toys is crucial to being as safe and healthy as possible. Here to help protect you from these unwanted infections are sex toy cleaners. The makeup and texture of these products vary across brands, but what remains consistent is the fact that they make cleaning your pleasure products easy peasy. "They allow you to clean your sex toy between uses without really thinking about it," Finn says. While a soapy washcloth and water works in many cases, you can also buy specialized sex toy cleaner. This is Mintz's preferred method, and she advises people to look for a water-based cleaner that's both alcohol and paraben-free. She recommends — and uses herself — LELO's Toy Cleaning Spray. For those looking to compare options, Babeland has a toy cleaner as well.
If you're looking for a gadget to help you with your cleaning process, there are two UV sterilizers on the market: UVee and b-Vibe UV Sterilizer Pouch. Finn calls both products amazing, but here's a caveat: While they disinfect, they don't clean. Alcohol-based cleaners: If your sex toy is silicone, glass, or stainless steel, it will be compatible with most sex-toy cleansers including alcohol-based cleaners, according to Pam Scoca, Senior Manager of Product and Compliance at Maude. The ultimate multitasker, Dame's Hand + Vibe Cleaner can be used to clean not only your hands (hello, solo time) but your store-bought toys, too. Made with a vegan, glycerin-free formula, this option is both gentle and effective. Simply spray your dildos or fingers, then wipe them dry with a (microfiber) towel. An at-home remedy that will help clean up the act is an unscented bar soap and warm water. While it's not quite advertised as a toy cleaner, Dove Sensitive Skin is effective, hypoallergenic and less irritating on your skin. Just make sure to wash all of it off.
Cyberskin: Use a little bit of soap and warm water to clean it. Too much sudsing can damage the sensitive material. If you have nonvibrating silicone toys (like dildos or butt plugs) you can take an added step and boil them in water for up to 3 minutes to sanitize them thoroughly,” Deysach explains. Yes, you can, but they're really best used in combination with other methods. "Post play wipes are great intermediate cleaning if you don’t have a cleaner or running water on hand," said Fretz, "but you’ll want to fully disinfect it with an anti-bacterial cleaner or soap and water as soon as you can." How often should I clean my sex toys?
If you want extra peace of mind when cleaning your pleasure products, especially when it comes to anal use toys, try this sanitizing mist by Adam & Eve, suggests Jenni Skyler, PhD, a certified sex therapist, sexologist, and director of The Intimacy Institute. This four-in-one cleaner is anti-bacterial, deodorizing, disinfecting, and sanitizing. To use, spray on a paper towel or washcloth and then wipe down your toy of choice. Rinse with water, and you’re good to go. Keep in mind that porous toys are a lot like your skin in that they have tiny holes — or pores — that can harbor bacteria even after cleaning. One way to decrease that risk of an infection is to actually use a condom with your sex toy. "Using a condom can help decrease the risk of transmitting bacteria, especially when sharing toys between partners," says Fine. "You’ll just want to make sure you use a condom-safe lube." (Translation: one that's water-based.) Keeping them clean is all about storage. Simply rinsing off your toys isn’t going to get them as clean as you need them to be, which is why using a sex-toy cleaner is oh so important. And while Santini says you can use a fragrance-free, antibacterial soap with no added lotions to clean up your sex toys, a cleanser that’s specifically made for your pleasure products is your safest bet. The material of your toy will determine how you should wash it, but generally speaking, you should keep these things in mind when shopping for sex-toy cleaners: Choose a Water-Based FormulaIf you're a multitasker who likes to rub-a-dub their sex toys while in the shower, the Hello Cake Sex Toy Cleaner is for you. Unlike most formulas that spray-on like Windex, this foaming toy cleaner creates a satisfying lather. Sure, it's slightly messier, but the bubbles make it feel like you're treating your toys to a deeper cleanse. This particular product is also fragrance-free, paraben-free, and triclosan-free, so you don’t have to second-guess yourself.