Cleaning Your Toy

For cleaning most toys, it's enough to use warm water and soap. If you're using non-porous toys, then any dirt or bacteria is just on the toy's surface, and is easy to wash off.  

Here are some cleaning tips to help you make your toys sparkle:

  • An effective and easy way to keep your toy clean is to cover it with a condom. If you're using porous toys, it's always best to use a condom, otherwise, it's impossible to keep the toy completely clean.

  • If you're sharing your toy, using a different condom for each person reduces the risk of transmitting STIs. Also, cover the toy with a condom between anal and vaginal use, to prevent bacteria from the anus entering the vagina.  

  • Toy cleaners are compatible with most toy materials, and can be used to disinfect toys. This can be especially useful if you don't have immediate access to water. Some toy cleaners use harsher chemicals than others, so look for gentle toy cleaners that can be easily rinsed, wiped away, or left on the toy to dry.

  • If you use an anti-bacterial soap to clean your toy, let the soap sit on your toy at least 2 minutes to effectively kill the bacteria, then rinse it off thoroughly. Remaining soap residue can disrupt the pH balance of vaginas so be sure to rinse it off well before using the toy again.

  • It's a good idea to let your toys air dry completely before putting them away, since residual moisture can cause mold. And when it comes to storage, storing your softer toys in satin-lined bags or boxes is ideal, as these materials tend to attract dust and lint. Hard materials like glass, ceramic, acrylic, or plastic should be stored in a padded bag for protection.

  • Oh, and don't forget to wash your toy before the first use, as it has gone through extensive manufacturing and packaging processes. 


Material-Specific Cleaning Instructions:

100% Silicone

Clean with warm water and mild, unscented soap. Silicone is non-porous and non-absorbent. Silicone toys without plastic bits or motors can be boiled about 5 minutes. You can also use a 10% bleach solution, as long as you rinse the toy well afterwards. Many silicone toys aren’t compatible with silicone-based lubes. A water-based lube is a safer choice for your silicone toy.

VixSkin/Dual-Density Silicone

Clean with warm water and mild, unscented soap or boil 3-5 minutes to sterilize. These toys are made of 100% non-porous, body-safe silicone. They have a solid inner core with a soft external layer, giving them a more realistic feel. If your toy feels a bit sticky after washing, dust it with a body-safe cornstarch. This will absorb excess moisture. Be sure to store your toy away from sharp objects to avoid nicks and tears in the silicone.  VixSkin and dual-density silicone toys are not compatible with silicone-based lubricant.    

Non-porous Thermoplastic Elastomer

Clean with warm water and mild, unscented soap. Some TPE toys can be safely boiled 3-5 minutes. TPE is a special kind of elastomer that has the elastic properties of rubber and the potential to be recycled like plastics.  It is phthalate-free, latex-free, skin-friendly, hypoallergenic, and isn't loaded with low-cost fillers.  TPE can also be porous. Water-based lube is generally recommended, but TPE toys are sometimes compatible with oil- and silicone-based lube too. 

Glass

Clean with warm water and mild, unscented soap. Glass is non-porous and very durable. All our glass toys are made of borosilicate or other Pyrex-quality glass, which is shatterproof and can be boiled (very carefully!).  Don't drop your glass toys on hard surfaces, as they may break or suffer small cracks which can then worsen with pressure or changes in temperature. Before you use a glass toy, check for hairline fissures and cracks.  Compatible with any type of lubricant.

Stainless Steel

Clean with warm water and mild, unscented soap. Stainless steel is non-porous and retains temperatures well.  If your toy is too cold, pop it in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. And if it’s not cold enough for you, stick it in the fridge for a bit.  Using a soft sponge, you can polish stainless steel with baking soda and water or white vinegar. Rinse well. Most stainless steel toys can be boiled, and they are compatible with all types of lubricant.   

Hard Plastic

Clean with warm water and mild, unscented soap. If your toy has seams, make sure to clean them thoroughly, as bacteria can get trapped there more easily. Be careful not to drop hard plastic toys on hard surfaces, as this can significantly reduce their lifespan. Compatible with any type of lubricant.

Acrylic

Clean with warm water and mild, unscented soap. Acrylic toys are extremely durable, but the surface can scratch, so make sure to store your toy away from sharp objects. Compatible with any type of lubricant.

Wood

Clean with warm water and mild, unscented soap. Wood toys which have been covered properly with a body-safe sealant are non-porous and non-toxic. To check for surface cracks, immerse the toy under water for a few seconds then wipe it dry with a cloth.  A cracked area will remain dark and damp, and is no longer safe to use.  So be careful not to drop your toy on hard surfaces. Compatible with any type of lubricant.

Stone

Clean with warm water and mild, unscented soap. Stone is non-porous and retains temperatures well: warm or cool your toy gradually, as extreme temperature changes can cause stone to weaken and crack.  Compatible with any type of lubricant.  

Ceramic

Clean with warm water and mild, unscented soap. Ceramic toys which have been covered properly with a body-safe sealant are non-porous and non-toxic. Be careful not to drop your toy on hard surfaces. Chipped or cracked toys are not safe to use. Compatible with any type of lubricant.