Properly Cleaning Sex Toys

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MaterialHow to CleanCompatible ProtectionCompatible LubricantsHelpful Tips
Rubber/Nylon
(Porous)
Hand wash (fragrance-free soap and warm water).Non-lubricated condoms, oral dams, gloves, finger cots.Water-basedAlways use with condoms, they’re difficult to fully clean.
Cyberskin
(Porous)
Hand wash (fragrance-free soap and warm water).Non-lubricated condoms, oral dams, gloves, finger cots.Water-basedTo keep the silky feel, sprinkle with cornstarch after drying.
Silicone
(Non-porous)
Dishwasher (top rack, no soap), hand wash (fragrance-free soap and warm water), boil (only if 100% silicone).Non-lubricated condoms, oral dams, gloves, finger cots.Water-basedIf the toy is made of a silicone blend, use cleaning instructions for hard plastic toys.
Hard Plastic
(Porous, Non-porous)
Hand wash (fragrance-free soap and warm water).Non-lubricated condoms, lubricated condoms, oral dams, gloves, finger cots.Water-based or silicone-based.These toys can absorb soap, be sure to wash off every trace of it!
Stainless Steel
(Non-porous)
Boil for 5 to 10 minutes, soak in a 10% bleach solution for 10 minutes, dishwasher (top rack, no soap), hand wash (soap and warm water).Non-lubricated condoms, lubricated condoms, oral dams, gloves, finger cots.Water, silicone or oil-based.Let your toy cool off after a wash in hot water (or use a potholder). Be cautious of fake metal toys; they may get dings/imperfections that can cause cuts or irritation.
Glass
(Pyrex, Borosilicate,
Non-porous)
Dishwasher (top rack, no soap), hand wash (soap and warm water).Non-lubricated condoms, lubricated condoms, oral dams, gloves, finger cots.Water, silicone or oil-based.Glass toys can be warmed or chilled before use (e.g. freeze or soak in warm water).