The 8 Best Sex Toy Cleaners, According to Expert Guidelines
"On a scale of one to 10 of importance, cleaning your sex toys should be a 10," says Gianna Del Monte, the director of marketing and merchandise at sex toy retailer Ella Paradis. "For vulva owners, the vagina's pH levels can be disrupted by a multitude of things, which can cause infection. By cleaning your toys regularly, you decrease the chance of that happening."
Del Monte recommends washing your toy with warm water and soap for at least 30 seconds before and after every use. If soap isn't available, substitutes like sprays, wipes, and UV sanitizers will suffice. But regardless of how you do it, Del Monte tells Health that the most important thing is just cleaning your sex toy.
These are the 8 best sex toy cleaners of 2021, including Ella Paradis' best-selling options and Del Monte's favorite.
- Best Foaming Cleaner: ToyLife's Foaming Toy Cleaner
- Best Spray: Lelo Antibacterial Toy Cleaning Spray
- Best Fragrance-Free: Pjur Med Clean Spray
- Best Scented: Shibari Revive Toy Cleaner
- Best Multi-Use: Maude No. 0
- Best UV Cleaner: Uvee Home Play UV Cleaner
- Best for Travel: Lovehoney Fresh Toy Cleaner
- Best Wipes: Afterglow Toy Tissues
Not sure what to look for in a cleanser? Any mild antibacterial soap will do the trick (expert tip: it doesn't have to be advertised for sex toys). Del Monte suggests shopping with the same guidelines you would use for an intimate cleanser: Avoid parabens, dyes, and fragrances when possible.
You can also opt for a cleanser made specifically for sex toys, like ToyLife's Foaming Toy Cleaner. These formulas account for a variety of toy surfaces—like glass, silicone, and metal—to ensure your bedroom bestie is properly sanitized. Just don't forget to give extra attention to porous materials, like jelly and plastic, which are more likely to hold on to germs.
Once your toy is cleaned and thoroughly dried, place it in a clean storage area, like a bag or pouch. This small step prevents it from accumulating dust and other germs when not in use—and keeps it ready to go for your next solo or partner session.
Best Foaming Cleaner: ToyLife's Foaming Toy Cleaner
Best Spray: Lelo Antibacterial Toy Cleaning Spray
Best Fragrance-Free: Pjur Med Clean Spray
Best Scented: Shibari Revive Toy Cleaner
Best Multi-Use: Maude No. 0
Best UV Cleaner: Uvee Home Play UV Cleaner
Best for Travel: Lovehoney Fresh Toy Cleaner
Best Wipes: Afterglow Toy Tissues
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