Ask a Blogger: How To Clean Your Dildo

This week, the Huffington Post featured a video with Jolie Kerr of “Ask A Clean Person”.  I’m actually quite a fan of Ms. Kerr’s work, as she has great ideas for dealing with the kinds of stains and smells that a mom/pet owner may find herself faced with. Saddle soap for a dirty leather handbag?  Awesome.   Denture cleaner for stained coffee mugs?  Great trick!  But when it comes to sex toys, a Clean Person could learn a few things from a blogger.  Here’s the video for your viewing pleasure.

Ms. Kerr is correct that soap and water is fine for day-to-day dildo cleaning, and that sterilization of toys that are shared or used with multiple partners is critical.  The excerpt from her book (shown briefly on-screen) offers boiling water as a sterilization option for silicone toys.  Up to this point, we agree… but I’d like to add a few comments:

  • Ms. Kerr says that bleach shouldn’t be used on sex toys.  While it’s true that bleach can damage stainless steel, it’s perfectly safe for silicone and glass toys.  Clean your toy with a weak bleach solution (10 parts water to 1 part bleach), then rinse thoroughly and allow the toy to dry.  This method allows you to sterilize non-porous toys that can’t be boiled.

 

  • In addition to sterilizing between partners, toys should be sterilized between anal and vaginal use.

 

  • I like to steer clear of heavily fragranced soaps on my silicone toys.  Strong scents may linger, especially if you soak the toy in it.

 

  • Silicone toys without a motor can also be cleaned in the dishwasher without soap.  It’s handy for cleaning a bunch of toys at once!

 

  • Ms. Kerr states that toys shouldn’t be cleaned with things you wouldn’t want in your body.  She neglects to mention that many sex toys are made of things you don’t want inside your body.  If you pause this video 17 seconds in, you will see that her cleaning guide includes jelly rubber toys.  Jelly toys smell bad, cannot be sterilized and are full of things like phthalates that you very definitely DO NOT want in your body.  They can cause chemical burns.  If you don’t want to take my word for it, check out this first-hand account from Pantophile Panic.

While I applaud Ms. Kerr’s willingness to talk about cleaning sex toys openly, I wish she had taken a bit more time to research the cleaning of toys and advised people to stick with body-safe materials (such as glass, stainless steel, aluminum, silicone or sealed wood).  Cleaning a silicone toy with bleach isn’t harmful, but using a jelly rubber toy definitely is!

2 Comments
  • Camryn
    March 15, 2014

    Ah, yes. It’s always a bit of a toss up when the mainstream media mentions sex toys. I’m pleased to see the acknowledgement that yeah, there are sex toys and I appreciate her spreading the word on how to clean them, but as you said, the presence of the jelly rubber is not a good thing.

  • Epiphora
    April 22, 2014

    Dude, yeah. I saw this too and I was like, ugh. Great points to add to the list. Too bad they never want to ask DILDO EXPERTS…

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