Funny story about dishwasher soap and my dildo – I thought it was a good way to clean it. Well, I was wrong, so wrong.
I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across an article about “Is Dishwasher Soap Safe for Dildos?” I thought to myself, “Hey, why not? That will be fast and easy”. Little did I know that using dishwasher soap is a big no-no for dildos and any other sex toys. The article’s headline made me look a little deeper and what I found terrified me.
It turns out that dishwasher detergent is way too harsh for sex toys which can cause damage to the toy’s materials and even end up being released in your body. It also causes a buildup of suds and residue in rechargeable toys which erodes both the silicone and the internals of the toy. Worse still, it can cause the product to break up and become inoperable or even dangerous.
Unfortunately, I completely let my curiosity get the best of me. I threw my dildo into the dishwasher with the plates and it came out apparently sparkling clean lookingbut definitely not usable. I quickly did a search for ways to fix it and I was informed to just throw it out and buy a new one. Ugh, goodbye money.
This experience has taught me to be more mindful with adult toys when it comes to cleaning them. I now know that using dishwasher soap on a dildo or any sex toy is a definite no-no. I will now rely on my trusty soap and water clean up, and that special cleaner for sex toys.
I guess you could say that I have learned my lesson. With all that said, always be sure to read the instructions before you clean any sex toy and, as always, stay safe.
So now that I know better, I’m here to share some tips on how to properly clean your dildos. The number one thing that I would suggest is that you should never, Penis Rings ever use dishwasher soap. It’s really damaging to the material and the inner workings of the toy, and can end up being released right into your body.
Instead I’d recommend choosing a toy-specific cleaner, like Doc Johnson’s Pure and Clean Antibacterial toy cleanser. It claims to be 99.9% effective against bacterial and yeast growth. It’s also free from parabens, alcohol, and phthalates, which is great for those of us who are skin sensitivities.
It’s also very important to remember to clean your toys before AND after every use. A toy that seems to be perfectly clean on the outside can have bacteria in the nooks and crannies that aren’t easily seen. Unwashed toys are also putting you at a higher risk for getting a yeast or bacterial infection.
And don’t forget to use a condom with your toy to keep it even cleaner. Now that we have something to protect it, it’s time to get cleaning!
One of the easiest ways to clean your dildos is by using hot water and antibacterial soap. What I like to do is run it under warm to hot water, use a bit of soap, and gently massage the soap into the toy. This is great for silicone toys.
If you are using a harder material dildo like steel, glass, or plastic, you can also use boiling water, but be very careful not to burn yourself! This method works great for cleaning off any residue, especially if you are using lubricants and massage oils.
Once you have given your dildo a nice little scrub, it’s time to rinse it off. Make sure to get all of that soap off the toy, as it can irritate sensitive skin. After it’s all washed off, lay your toy out and let it air dry or pat it dry with a clean towel.
It’s also a good idea to keep your dildo in a bag or something similar when it’s not in use, as long as the material allows it. This will help keep any dust, dirt, and particulates off the toy between uses.
Another way to clean your dildos is with a 10 percent bleach solution. What I like to do is mix one part bleach with seven parts warm water. Once you have the mixture together, just dip your toy in the mix and let it sit for a few minutes.
It’s important to make sure you rinse your toy off after you are finished, as even the mildest bleach solution can irritate the skin. After that, just let the dildo air dry, and you are good to go!
This method is a great way to help fight off bacteria, fungi, and yeast. And if you have multiple toys, it allows you to easily clean them all at the same time, and with just one mix. Just be sure you use a separate container or pan for each toy.
One thing to note is that this solution could potentially react with the material of your toy, so make sure you do your research before using it.
Lastly, it’s a good idea to know the material of your toy and what kind of cleaners work best for it. Some materials, like softer plastics, are porous and can’t be cleaned properly with soap and water, and some toys just need a different kind of cleaner.
For example, I have a dildo made of plastic that I can’t use soap and water on, so I use a good mixture of rubbing alcohol and warm water to clean it. This mixture does a great job of cleaning and is gentle enough, so I don’t have to worry about it damaging the toy.
Whenever you clean your toys, you should always make sure that you have put it through the highest temperature cycle of your dishwasher, boiled it in a pan of hot water, or wiped it down with an approved toy-cleaner.
Just remember, knowledge is power when it comes to cleaning your toys. Whether it is a toy-specific or standard-use cleaner, make sure that you research whatever you are using to clean your toy and make sure that it is safe for the toy’s material.
So when it comes to dishwasher soap and dildos, save your money and stick to the old soap and water routine. It’s the most reliable and safest method for cleaning your toys, and your future self will thank you for it.