How to clean? soap or cleaner

pleasurehunter pleasurehunter
I know some people use soap and water, some use toy cleaner, some use both. To be honest im scared of using the toy cleaner and having negative consequences from chemicals involved, but at the same time I fear getting some sort of an infection from only using soap and water. In the past I have been ok not using toy cleaner but I always used a condom on my toy and cleaned with soap. So my question is, what are the risks associated with only using soap and water, if i dont do it good enough will i get sick or an infection? Is there a high risk of this?
11/01/2011
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Quote:
Originally posted by pleasurehunter
I know some people use soap and water, some use toy cleaner, some use both. To be honest im scared of using the toy cleaner and having negative consequences from chemicals involved, but at the same time I fear getting some sort of an infection from ... More
I don't think there are really any risks, as long as you clean it thoroughly.. so if there are are ribs in the toy, make sure you get in between them, etc. As long as you really make sure you clean it very well, I don't see there being a problem.

BUT I could be wrong. I'm not a health expert. I just assume that soap and water with a thorough cleaning is enough. That is what we do anyway right now.
11/01/2011
TitsMcScandal TitsMcScandal
The store I work at always recommends cleaner over soap & water. My boss explained it like this...

Soap and water can be harsh on a toy, which can lead to micro-abrasions after a while and bacteria can grow. Beyond that, soap scum is left behind on toys as well, then that soap scum can be transferred to you the next time you use your toy, thus leading to possible infection.
11/01/2011
indiglo indiglo
I always use soap and hot water. I wash toys at least 2 or 3 times, and sometimes will even take an old toothbrush to them if there are nooks and crannies. It also depends on the material your toy is made of - silicone and glass are completely non-porous, so they clean up easier and can even be boiled and sanitized.

Even if I used a cleaner, I would still wash it off afterwards with soap and hot water - so I just save the step and the money. I've never had any problem with my toys. If you're concerned, or are using toys made of a less safe material, you can always use condoms over them.
11/01/2011
pleasurehunter pleasurehunter
thanks everyone appreciate the answers
11/02/2011
married with children married with children
soap and water. If it works for your hands, it should work for your sex toys.
11/03/2011
Moein Moein
A cleaner + soap and water.. But also Sterilization by boiling water is done frequently for anal toys.
11/03/2011
Pixel Pixel
I usually use Satin (an antimicrobial soap) and water for my toys, then boil them or run them through the dishwasher once a month.
11/03/2011
Diabolical Kitty Diabolical Kitty
I find soap to be too harsh on toys, and can cause the tiny nicks into the toys. I like using my toy cleaner. Once a month, I take out all the toys and wash them thoroughly in EXTREMELY hot water. The ones I can use bleach on (glass) I do. The ones I can't use bleach on, I make sure the water is almost boiling and then dip them for as long as possible.
11/03/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
Up until just recently I only ever used anti-bacterial soap and water to clean my toys.
I only bought a toy cleaner to wash the new Pirates Edition masturbator and I love the smell.
Sometimes I'll use it to wash other toys - only for the smell of it though. I feel anti-bacterial soap is more than good enough.
11/04/2011
Toys in Love Toys in Love
As a rule we wash in hot water with some anti-bacterial soap and finish off with a sex toy cleaner spray.
11/06/2011
Girly Girl Girly Girl
soap and water
11/06/2011
LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
Quote:
Originally posted by TitsMcScandal
The store I work at always recommends cleaner over soap & water. My boss explained it like this...

Soap and water can be harsh on a toy, which can lead to micro-abrasions after a while and bacteria can grow. Beyond that, soap scum is ... More
Yikes
11/08/2011
geliebt geliebt
It depends on what I'm feeling like, but more and more I'm using toy cleaners instead of soap anymore.
11/12/2011
GRRRRR GRRRRR
as long as you use a compatible material the cleaner works just fine.
12/01/2011
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