Cleaning In A Hurry?

Isadorabelle Isadorabelle
Given that hand sanitizer is high in alcohol, which is supposed to disinfect, is it safe to use to clean toys after water ro wipe downs? I don't mean this as a regular occurrence (or if it's safe I guess I do) but just when you have the sudden urge and you just have to crack into the toy chest before the toy cleaner arrives.

Does the high alcohol count substitute? If not, why?

(I hope this is the right place, I looked but didn't see a category similar so I finally did a search and it led here.)
08/29/2010
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Quote:
Originally posted by Isadorabelle
Given that hand sanitizer is high in alcohol, which is supposed to disinfect, is it safe to use to clean toys after water ro wipe downs? I don't mean this as a regular occurrence (or if it's safe I guess I do) but just when you have the ... More
I have only used something like that on certain plastics.
08/29/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
I suppose you could do a spot test on an inconspicuous area of the toy to be sure of color fastness and material integrity. If you see any staining or change in the material it would be safe to assume the sanitizer can't be used on that toy safely. Still I wouldn't trust my health to hand sanitizer...especially my genital health that could really burn more sensitive individuals. In a pinch I suppose it would do until you could fully wash the toy but I'd make sure to rinse the toy off in warm water before using.
08/29/2010
Kindred Kindred
The antimicrobial properties of alcohol are based on evaporation. Therefore, at the very least, you want to make sure whatever you apply completely dries. Also, I agree that I would rinse the toy off before using it again.
08/29/2010
ScottA ScottA
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
The antimicrobial properties of alcohol are based on evaporation. Therefore, at the very least, you want to make sure whatever you apply completely dries. Also, I agree that I would rinse the toy off before using it again.
Alcohol doesn't have to evaporate to be effective, the kicker is that it isn't super effective to begin with.

If this was on personal or committed-couple-share d toys then I wouldn't worry so much about effectiveness (unless you're going anus->vagina), but I'd still wonder about the other ingredients in the hand sanitizer. A rinse would probably take care of them.
08/29/2010
Isadorabelle Isadorabelle
Thanks for the replies! That's something I wondered about when looking at toy cleaners on the site. Though, I think thorough and effective washing is the best way to go, I was curious about that.
09/02/2010
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