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Spring is means new beginnings and preparing for summer. As you declutter and clean your home, don’t forget about cleaning your sex toys. Spring cleaning your pleasure pantry will ensure fun and safe sexy times for the season.
Set aside 30 minutes (or longer if you have a large sex toy collection) to organize and clean the items that are most intimate with your private parts. You’ll be glad you did.
Cleaning Your Sex Toys
Toss expired lubes and lotions
A recent conversation in Bawdy Bookworms Insiders revealed that we own anywhere from 2-5 bottles of lube. That doesn’t even include lotions, oils, and lickables. Clean any leaking bottles. If the lube or oil has changed color or texture, toss them. Oils in scented items can also go rancid, so give them a sniff.
How can I tell if my lubricant is expired? Look for an expiration or best by date on the bottle (see photo above). Most lubricants can last up to 5-7 years, but opening it can speed up its expiration date. If there is no expiration date, test the lube on your hand. If it smells different, changes opacity, or feels overly tacky, toss it. Better to play it safe than sorry.
Read more: Check out our guide to lubricants.
Perform a check-up on your vibrators and toys
As much as you may love your vibrator, they all have a lifespan. Here’s what to look for when cleaning your sex toys.
- Perform a visual check: Has the material changed in any way? Toss anything with cracks, tears, or bubbles on the surface. These small openings make it easy for bacteria to hide. If you have hard plastic or glass toys, check for cracks and chips. Remove these toys from your collection.
- Touch the toys: Is the toy warped or the material tacky? If so, it may be because the material is degrading. Toss these.
- Battery test all your toys: Yes, all of them. Make sure they’re in working order. Batteries should be removed before storing your toys, but it can be easy to forget after your orgasmic high. For those with removable batteries, check for battery leaks. Plug in your rechargeable toys to ensure they still hold a charge and operate properly.
Pro-tip: Discard your toys in an opaque, extra strength trash bag. Think of the horror if the bag rips as your trash pick-up person tosses it in the bin!
Read more: Why you should try a glass toy.
Clean your sex toys
Now that you’ve made sure all your toys are in working order, give them a good cleaning. For best results, use products designed to clean sex toys. You use your vibrators and c-rings in the most intimate places, so use a cleanser that won’t upset your natural pH balance.
For on-the-spot cleaning, try Lovehoney Fresh Biodegradable Sex Toy Wipes. If want a deeper clean (such as anal toys, for example), opt for Sliquid Organic Toy Cleaner. Both are easy to use and safe for most materials.
Glass and stainless steel toys can also be cleaned with warm water and a mild soap.
Storing your toys
Now that you’ve tossed all the deadbeat toys from your collection, let’s talk about proper storage. First, remove all batteries from your toys before putting them away. Tip: keep a dedicated battery bin inside your toy box.
Lubes and lotions: Store upright in a cool, dark place. NOT in your bathroom. The temperature fluctuations can affect your lubricants and lickables. If you keep lube in the shower, opt for a smaller bottle that you can refill.
Suggestions: drawer in your nightstand, a box under the bed, or in your closet.
Silicone or jelly toys, including masturbation sleeves: Silicone and jelly does not play well with other materials, especially fellow silicone products. Store them separately, either in dust free storage bag or zip top bag.
Hard plastic, glass, or stainless steel: Toys made from these materials can be stored together without compromising the material.
See, cleaning sex toys wasn’t too challenging! Hopefully you had some fun reacquainting yourself with your toy collection. Maybe even rediscovering an old favorite.
How often do you clean your sex toy collection?