Silicone is the holy grail of sex toy materials since it is non-porous and non-toxic, making it extremely safe for the body and easy to clean. Silicone is a popular material among mid-tier and higher-tier sexual toy manufacturers because it can be created in a variety of shapes, colours, styles, and densities.
If your silicone toy isn't motorised (if it is, see the vibrators section above), you have a few options for cleaning it. You don't have to disinfect your silicone sex toy every time you use it, but you should think about it once in a while (in addition to regular cleaning).
Water and soap
Mild soap will suffice for routine cleaning before and after usage. Because any bacteria on your sex toy are most likely on the surface, this easy cleaning approach should suffice:
- Fill a sink halfway full with warm, soapy water (mild non-scented antibacterial soap)
- Soak your silicone toy in water
- Scrub the toy with soap and a clean cloth (or your hands).
- Rinse the toy well.
- Let it dry naturally in a well-ventilated area.
Silicone is not porous, but it is microporous, which means it will not harbour germs but may harbour odours. This is especially true if you're using a silicone sex toy anally — it may seem clean and germ-free at first, but it quickly begins to stink. It's perfectly safe to use, but who wants to play with a toy that stinks like shit?
Here's how to boil your sex toy and restore it to its original condition:
- Bring a big pot of water to a boil on your stovetop.
- Carefully place your silicone toy in the pan of hot water.
- Set aside for around ten minutes (keep the heat on)
- Rotate the toy with a wooden spoon (or something similar) every now and then to expose the entire surface.
- Drain the pan after 10 minutes and gently remove the toy (it may be hot!)
- Give the toy a good rinsing in cold water.
- Consider giving the item a second wash with soap and water (optional)
Allow to dry naturally in a well-ventilated area.
Some publications recommend boiling for 3-4 minutes, but I believe 10 minutes is enough time to completely sterilise the toy. Despite the fact that I wash my silicone toys after each use, I boil them every 4-5 uses to keep them fresh and smelling great. This also applies to toys manufactured of medical-grade hard plastics like ABS.
Another way to sanitise silicone sex toys is to bleach them. If you're sharing sex toys with a partner, bleaching is especially important because bacteria and STIs can thrive on the surface of devices that haven't been thoroughly cleaned. For bleaching, I propose the following 10 percent bleach solution:
- Fill a big cup, pan, or dish halfway with warm water.
- Add a modest amount of bleach (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) to the mixture (roughly)
- Stir the contents together with the silicone toy or a metal spoon.
- Soak the toy in a ten percent bleach solution for around 15 minutes.
- Remove the toy, rinse it, and wash it as usual with soap and water.
- Allow to dry naturally.
You don't want bleach near your genitals, even though it's fantastic for sanitising things. After bleaching your silicone sex toy, make sure to properly rinse and wash it. In addition to normal washing with soapy water, you simply need to bleach your silicone toy every now and again (I do it every 4-5 usage).