Cleaning your toys right after you use them is a must, says Stewart, warning, “Don’t get lazy!” If you do, “You’ll end up with a yucky mess, and your toys will deteriorate faster.”
It’s important to remember that the “correct way to clean sex toys depends on the type of material it’s made of,” reminds Kort. (Check out our guide to learn how to clean every type of sex toy.)
For example, Stewart mentions that many penis masturbation toys aren’t made of silicone, so it’s necessary to have a toy cleaner. But even when they are silicone-made, cleaners are vital.
“Only use an approved toy cleaner such as Sliquid Shine Toy Cleaner or the UVee Complete Care System,” says Geter. Otherwise, non-approved cleaners might “break down the silicone, allowing for bacteria to grow” — which could easily transfer infections to you during masturbation.
And for the times when you don’t have it in you to wash them after masturbation, Kort recommends to “use an unscented baby wipe for a quick clean-up, then wash it thoroughly before your next use.”
Here are a few other of Kort’s tips to note to keep your sex toys clean: