Ask an OB-GYN: What’s the right way to clean my vibrators and sexy toys?


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Q: What’s the best way to clean and disinfect my sex toys and vibrators? I know as women we have to be careful about the types of soap we use there, so when it comes to toys I want to be sure I’m using the right cleaning agents to protect my “gina.” “.

A: One size does not fit all when it comes to cleaning sex toys. In fact, it varies a lot.

Let’s separate the toys by material:

Glass / Pyrex / Silicon / Stainless steel (not motorized)
If toys are shared, they should be boiled in hot water. Bacteria can persist and be transmitted. STIs can also be spread through dirty sex toys. If the toy is not motorized, immerse it for a few minutes in boiling water and mild soap. Dry very carefully before putting it away. If the toy is motorized / battery operated, place it under hot running water, but do not submerge it. Use a mild soap as a cleaning agent. Rinse well and store.

Leather toys
These should be carefully wiped off with mild soap and water. Disinfect with isopropyl alcohol to disinfect before storing.

Rubber / jelly toys
A. These toys are a bit more complex. They have pores like your skin. Bacteria hide in these pores, making it difficult to deep cleanse. It is recommended to use a condom with this type of toy.

It is also important to clean the device before and after use! There are also aerosol cleaners designed to disinfect. I recommend, if you are using the spray cleansers, to use lukewarm water before use to reduce the risk of vaginal irritation or vaginitis.

Generally: A mild soap will always work very well. Stay away from scented and deodorized soaps.

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