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How should I clean my sex toy?


We all love our sex toys, but what’s the best way to keep them fresh and clean so you can enjoy them for longer? Not cleaning your sex toys properly and regularly could mean damage to the toy and even a build up of bacteria that could potentially harm your body.

This post will help you to better understand how to clean your different toys, as well as advice on storage and using the correct lubricant.


Sex toys come in a variety of different materials; silicone, plastic, glass, aluminium, PVC, ceramic… and each toy requires slightly different care dependant on the texture of the material or the shape of the toy; for example a metal butt plug won’t need to be cleaned as carefully as a superskin Fleshlight.

Fleshlights and vibrators aside, most sex toys can be cleaned in the same generic manner. Let’s assume for the purposes of this post we’re talking about a non-vibrating silicone dildo. The first step in cleaning your toy is to apply a generous spray of Bondara Sex Toy Cleaner, then leave it for a couple of minutes. Next, rinse your toy under a warm running tap, or submerge it in warm water and use your hands to gently rub off any residue. Alternatively you can use a soft cloth and warm water to carefully clean your toy.

If you want a more thorough clean, particularly when using anal toys, you may feel a need to involve soap in the cleaning process. If you do use soap, make sure its PH neutral, or an antibacterial soap, so you don’t experience any irritation or soreness when next using your toy.

Sex toys such as vibrators and male masturbators may be a little trickier to clean, so read below about how to take special care of these toys.


If you’re using a vibrating toy; be it a rabbit, cock ring, butt plug or any kind of buzzing device, you want to keep your toy clean and in good working order so it’s ready to use when the mood strikes!

Some vibrators are fully waterproof, which means as well as being easy to clean, you can use your toy in the bath or shower for hours of wet and wild play. Cleaning a water proof toy is simple; you can fully submerge it in warm water and follow the cleaning instructions as above.

Always check whether your sex toy is waterproof by reading the instructions or checking the product details on our site.

If your toy isn’t waterproof you need to be a little more careful about cleaning it. Firstly, remove the batteries then screw the battery compartment back on tight. Spray your toy with Bondara Sex Toy Cleaner and leave it a couple of minutes, then gently wash using a small amount of warm water. Make sure the water doesn’t make contact with the battery department as this could permanently damage your toy and stop it from vibrating.

Once cleaned, leave your toy to completely dry before reinserting the batteries.



After using your male masturbator it is important to clean it as quickly as possible. This will make it easier to clean as well as avoiding any damage to your toy.

If your masturbator doesn’t have a hard outer casing, spray the outside with Bondara Sex Toy Cleaner, then spray a generous amount into the entry hole. Leave your toy for a couple of minutes, then rinse thoroughly under warm water.

If your masturbator is a Fleshlight or comes with a hard outer case, you should remove the inner part of the toy and wash the hard case separately using warm water, sex toy cleaner and soap if you wish; the inside of your Fleshlight should then be washed as above and left to dry naturally.

Avoid using soap with the inner part of your Fleshlight as it may react badly with the “real feel superskin” and damage your toy.

Once dry, apply a thin layer of Fleshlight Renewing Powder to the top and inside of your toy to restore that soft, realistic skin texture.

If your masturbator can’t be removed from the hard outer casing, just be sure that the hole is rinsed through thoroughly to ensure no residue builds up.



A lubricant should be used with most sex toys; I mean, why you wouldn’t use one? They aid penetration, reduce friction and in the case of male masturbators create a more realistic experience, but some lubricants could damage your sex toy!

As a general rule, only use a water-based lubricant with silicone toys, jelly dildos, Fleshlights and expensive male masturbators as a silicone or oil based lubricant could react badly with the material of your sex toy.

Feel free, however, to use a silicone or oil based lubricant with your plastic toys, glass toys, ceramic toys or metal toys – these lubricants can be especially enjoyable for anal use or long sessions of play.



You should always store your sex toys separately to one another as the materials can react resulting in your sex toys ‘moulding together’. You can keep your sex toys apart from one another in individual storage bags, though you’re unlikely to experience problems with rigid toys.


If you have any question about how to clean or care for your toys, feel free to get in contact where we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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