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How to Clean Anal Toys: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Clean Anal Toys

When you love your sex toys as much as we do, it’s important to keep them clean, fresh and ready to use. There is definitely a right and wrong way to clean sex toys, so keep reading this article for all the tricks of the trade.

The Importance of Clean Sex Toys

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Clean sex toys not only extend the life of your toys, they are also very important for your health. Unclean sex toys can potentially risk infection, including bacterial vaginitis, yeast infections, and other irritations. Additionally, bacteria and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can survive on sex toys for days, potentially leading to further health problems. Therefore, to prevent the spread of bacteria and STIs, be sure to thoroughly clean your sex toys both before and after use.

Why is it important to clean anal toys regularly?

Keeping sex toys clean is vital for several reasons:


Anal toys come into contact with intimate parts of the body and can easily harbor bacteria and germs. Performing regular cleaning ensures that any potentially harmful pathogens are eliminated.

Infection prevention

Neglecting to properly clean anal toys can lead to urinary tract infections, yeast infections or bacterial vaginitis. For anal toys, the risk of spreading infection is even higher.

Prolonged life

Regular and thorough cleaning of anal toys prevents the build-up of residues, prevents deterioration of the material and prolongs the service life of the toy.

Avoiding allergic reactions

Some people may be sensitive to certain materials in anal toys. Proper cleaning can help reduce the potential risk of allergic reactions.

Understanding Materials: Porous vs. Non-Porous

The key to cleanability toys is understanding whether they are made of porous or non-porous materials.

Non-porous materials

These materials include medical silicone, borosilicate glass, soda-lime glass, metal, ABS plastic, and gold. Non-porous materials do not harbor bacteria inside the toy, making them easier to thoroughly clean and maintain.

Porous materials

Rubber, latex, elastomers, jelly, Sensafirm and UR3 are all porous materials. These materials contain small holes that can trap bacteria and other harmful substances. If you are unsure of the material of a toy, check the packaging or contact the retailer to confirm the material.

How to Clean Anal Toys?

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General cleaning tips

Before discussing specific products, let’s cover some general cleaning tips that apply to all types of sex toys:

READ THE INSTRUCTIONS: Always follow the cleaning recommendations of the manufacturer’s instructions for use. Some materials may require specific care instructions.

Remove Batteries: If your sex toy is battery operated, be sure to remove the batteries before cleaning to avoid damaging the electronics.

Non-Underwater Toys: For toys that are not waterproof or cannot be submerged in water, use a damp cloth moistened with a mild soap or sex toy cleaner to clean the surface.

SILICONE-BASED LUBRICANTS: If you use a silicone-based lubricant on your silicone toys, wash the toys immediately after use as silicone-based lubricants are likely to damage silicone toys if used for extended periods of time.

Hand Washing: Gently hand wash sex toys with warm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap. Avoid harsh chemicals as they may cause irritation.

Air dry: Allow sex toys to dry completely before storing. Pat them dry with a clean towel if necessary, taking care to avoid rubbing them hard.

Specific cleaning methods for anal toys

1. Cleaning silicone anal toys

Silicone is a popular material for sex toys because it is a non-porous material that is easier to clean and sanitize.

Basic cleaning: Wash the toy with warm water and mild soap. Make sure to scrub all crevices to remove any residue.

Deep Cleaning: Sterilize toys by boiling them in water for 3-5 minutes. Or, place toys on the top rack of the dishwasher without soap for a thorough cleaning.

2. Cleaning glass and metal anal toys

Glass and metal toys are also non-porous and easy to sanitize.

Basic cleaning: Use warm water and mild soap. Be careful with glass toys to avoid breakage.

Deep Cleaning: Boil toys in water for 5-10 minutes. Glass toys can also be cleaned in the dishwasher.

3. Cleaning Rubber, Jelly, and Other Porous Materials

Toys made of porous materials are more likely to harbor bacteria, so they need to be cleaned more carefully.

Basic cleaning: Wash with warm water and mild soap. Avoid harsh chemicals that degrade the material.

Condom Use: Consider using condoms with these toys to make the cleaning process easier and reduce the risk of infection.

Related products for cleaning anal toys

Antibacterial toy cleaners: Specialized sex toy cleaners are specially formulated to effectively clean and sanitize sex toys. They are usually alcohol-free, non-irritating and safe for most materials.

Neutral Soap and Water: Neutral soap and warm water are also good choices for non-electronic toys and toys that cannot be submerged in water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.

UV Sterilizers: Some erotic cleaners employ UV sterilizers, which use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and germs. UV sterilizers are especially useful for porous toys that are difficult to clean in other ways.

BOILING WATER: Boilable toys made of non-porous materials such as silicone, glass or stainless steel can be thoroughly sanitized by boiling them in water for a few minutes.

Disinfectant wipes: For travel or quick cleanups, consider using alcohol-free, body-safe and reliable disinfectant wipes designed specifically for sex toys.

Special Precautions

Here are some special considerations when cleaning sex toys:

Sharing toys: If you share sex toys with your partner, be sure to use a condom or clean the toy properly before and after use to prevent the potential risk of infection.

Storing toys: Store sex toys in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Store them in separate bags to prevent contact with other toys, which could cause material degradation.

TOY MATERIAL COMPATIBILITY: Be aware of the materials used in sex toys as some cleaners may not be suitable for certain types of sex toys. Always check the compatibility of any cleaning product before using it.


Keeping your anal toys clean is vital to both your sexual health and extending the life of your toys. Knowing what your toys are made of and following proper cleaning methods will help you maintain a healthy and enjoyable sexual experience. Establish regular cleaning habits, use proper storage methods, and maintain open communication with your partner about toy hygiene. This comprehensive guide will ensure that your toys are always ready for use while keeping you safe from potential infections.

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