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Here’s how you can clean your sex toys to avoid infection

Published on:8 March 2021, 11:47am IST
It’s time to kill those germs that have settled on your sex toys; avoiding it can cause serious infections.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Disinfecting your sex toys is a must, ladies. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

When you make efforts to keep yourself, your room, and your laundry clean, then why must you leave behind your sex toys? In fact, they should be paid most attention to, as they come in contact with some of the most sensitive parts of your body. An unhygienic dildo can become a pool of bacteria and other pathogens, which can really cause harm to your vagina.

Sex toys are fun, but there’s no denying that an unhygienic one is an open invitation for gross infections. UTI, yeast infections, fungal infections, bacterial vaginosis, etc. are some of the most common infections that you can get, while using a dirty sex toy.

And the vaginal burning, curdy discharge, and vaginal odour that you have to bear, is just going to make your life all the more miserable. That’s why we want you to get those sex toys out of the closet, as it’s time to rinse them thoroughly.

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But before you get started, here are a few things you need to check

You need to keep a keen eye on the material your sex toy is made up of. 

These are a few things you must check:

1. Whether your sex toy is porous or non-porous

We would suggest you drop the idea of buying a porous one, because as much as you clean them, there is still a high chance that some bacteria remains on it. On the other hand, the non-porous ones are made of PVC, silicon, steel, etc. which are much safer and easy to disinfect as well.

2. Always look for sex toys that are medically approved

Well, that’s again for your safety, because even your sex toy has a life. If you buy a medically certified sex toy, you will be aware of its expiry date. When you know that, you can replace it with a new one, and keep your vagina safe.

It’s time to understand how you need to clean these sex toys

After you know the material of the sex toy, the next step is to find the right kind of disinfectant to clean them. 

1. So if you have picked the non-motorized sex toy which is either made of silicon or stainless steel then you can definitely use the antibacterial soap that you use for yourself. Take the soap in your hand, make lather, and then rub it on the toy. Now take a damp tissue and clean the soap from the toy. Now leave it to dry.

2. If you have got a non-motorized sex toy, you can use hot water. Take a clean bucket of hot water, and add a few drops of disinfectant face wash to it. Make a rich lather and leave your sex toy for at least five to 10 minutes in the bucket. Take it out, and clean it with water. Lastly, don’t forget to dry it properly.

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3. There are some sex toys that are made from a material called cyberskin. You need to ensure you don’t over clean them, because otherwise they will lose their texture. These toys are super sensitive, so use a very mild wash and lukewarm water to clean them.

4. If you are opting for the porous ones, then along with soap, we would suggest you add a little disinfectant to clean them properly.

Do you know just like you use condoms, while having sex, you can also use them while masturbating to reduce the chance of getting a vaginal infection from these sex toys? Yes, that can be another option for you, especially if you are using a porous one.

Pay attention to hygiene of your sex toys, and it’s going to help you in the long run.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.