So, now you’ve done the ‘dirty’, and gotten your toys..well… dirty. It’s time for a clean up, especially since you’re dealing with toys that have visited regions that are microbial hotspots. Easy enough, right?
Not exactly. But, you’re in the right spot to learn some of the basics!
Material of your butt plug – this is extremely important. Your toys are often not cheap, so you want to treat them right. To clean any toy properly, you need to be aware of what it is made of. There are porous and non-porous materials, and no…sadly, the various and oddly specific materials in each toy DO NOT get along with all toy cleaning fluids/solutions. (This also applies to lubes and their compatibility with the types of materials the toys are made of.) Also, any toy made with a porous material will never be fully sanitized – so it’s always better to go with quality, non-porous toys that keep you happy AND healthy. Because there are so many different materials, this can only be a general guide, so let’s spark that curiosity!
Silicone – this is a popular and essentially non-porous material, and it’s favored for good reason. It can be completely sanitized very easily. Every few uses, just treat your toy with a quick boil (3-5 min) in a pot of water. You need to be sure that it is actually silicone – because advertising laws are a bit loose – it’s easy to buy something that you think is silicone….when it isn’t. If it isn’t a real silicone, it won’t be able to handle the heat and may melt or worse (Try contacting the manufacturer if you’re in doubt). Boiling is especially helpful for butt plugs and other anal toys in general, it keeps that whole rear end scent from becoming an issue.
Compatible lubricants – While some of you may love silicone lubricants, it is best to stick with water based lubricants when you’re using silicone toys. Silicone likes to bond with silicone, especially when it’s still in liquid form (storing dry toys next to each other is usually fine though).
Metals, glass, body-safe treated wood, silicone, and certain plastics can also be dipped in a 10% bleach solution and then given a good, strong rinse to keep the chemicals from affecting you later on when back in play. Keep in mind that anything with a motor should not be fully immersed in water – there are always crevices that can allow it to seep in and then the motor is often useless which means – no fun. And you’ll want to check any points that aren’t completely sealed for any types of gunk that may build up with use.
Compatible lubricants for everything but silicone – basically whatever you, your body, and your partner desire. Silicone lubes are great for water play, as it will take the addition of soap to remove the residues. Water-based are a great choice as well, experiment while keeping the compatibility in mind and find what you like best!