Med clean spray - toy cleanser by Pjur® - review by Wicked Wahine

Med clean spray

Toy cleanser by Pjur

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Double Duty Toy & Skin Cleanser

This antimicrobial spray is made specifically for sensitive genital skin. But, it's also good as a sex toy cleaner! It has body safe ingredients that don't have to be washed off, but if they are, there is residual antimicrobial action! I highly recommend this as the safest sex toy cleaner you are likely to find! Unfortunately, I had a reaction when using it on my genitals, but I am chemically sensitive and most people would not have any problem with this.
skin & toy safe, antimicrobial, no residue, no rinse, doesn't discolor fabric, sweet & odorless
expensive, has lingering after taste, made my genitals become warm, caused yeast infection
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review
Pjur Med Clean is a topical cleansing spray specifically formulated for use directly on sensitive and mucosal skin. It is an antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal spray that has residual antimicrobial effects on the surface to which it was applied! I know it's meant for use on skin, but it is also toy safe and doesn't require a rinse after use. Although it doesn't have any perfume, I noticed a little scent when smelling it in the bottle, but not when misting it. It has a slightly neutral, soapy smell. It also smells like an extremely weak, unscented hair spray.

This clear liquid has the consistency of water and a very sweet taste with a slight chemical background. I did notice there was a metallic aftertaste. I know that the active ingredient, chlorhexidine digluconate is bitter and that would explain the sorbitol and neohesperidin dihydrochalcone, both of which are sweeteners. (Chlorhexidine digluconate is used in dental rinses and is notorious for being bitter and also affecting the perception of flavors in foods eaten after using it.) The other ingredients are skin cleansing surfactants, skin softeners and emulsifiers to keep everything blended. Please contact me for more specific information on the ingredients, I have researched them all!

Aqua(water), Phenoxyethanol, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Dimethicone Copolyol, Neohesperidine, Sorbitol

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I have been looking for a toy cleanser that didn't contain any ingredients to which I am chemically sensitive, or other ingredients I just want to avoid for health reasons. I immediately ran into the problem that every toy cleaner I found contained triclosan, an antibacterial and antifungal agent that new evidence suggests is acting in our bodies as a endocrine disruptor.

An endocrine disruptor is a substance that interrupts your bodies' natural hormone systems. Hormones are the chemical messengers that are made in one part of your body and travel to another part to elicit a certain effect. For example, insulin is a hormone that is secreted by your pancreatic cells. It travels into your blood stream where it controls how sugar is supplied to cells in your body, especially cells in your liver, muscle and fat tissues. Basically, insulin lets your cells take in the sugar they need for energy, otherwise they starve. Now, imagine a synthetic substance you've been exposed to, say by using a hand soap. In this hypothetical situation, the chemicals have been absorbed into your body and interrupt the insulin receptors so it can't do its job. All your body's hormones are needed for some essential task. But they need to be able to get to the place where they work to do their job. A hormone disruptor prevents them from doing their job. When you consider it, hormone disruptors are some of the most serious threats to our long term health and development and many of them accumulate in our bodies over time as we are exposed to them!

So sure, an ingredient may kill bacteria and fungus, but if it also penetrates out bodies and disrupts our bodies' chemical messenger system, we have just done more harm than good, long reaching inestimable harm when you consider it can affect your reproductivity! Triclosan is in so many products and is becoming so hotly debated that it is now a top priority of the FDA to investigate this alarming new evidence. Regardless of the outcome, I am NOT willing to wait for the verdict according to an agency that allowed this chemical into our lives in the first place due to inadequate study! Clearly, I keep an eye on what's happening in the world of ingredients we are exposed to every day. Did you know triclosan is found in toothpaste, deodorants, acne products, soap, clothes, linens, paint and many more everyday products? Anytime you see something labeled as antibacterial, it is likely to have triclosan in it. But, I suspect, as it becomes more of a hot-button issue with the public, the way parabens have, that manufacturer's will begin to get "creative" in their labeling. So, also watch out for "polychloro phenoxy phenol" which is the chemical name for triclosan!

Why did I just blind you with science, you may ask? Because every sex toy spray I found had triclosan in it. People are more concerned over the much less harmlful parabens, yet they willingly slather triclosan-containing products on and into their bodies. Any residue left from those cleaners on your sex toy is then given secret, speedy access to you blood stream when it comes into contact with the mucous membranes of your genitals!
After smelling and tasting this, I tried a few patch tests that caused no irritation whatsoever. I was excited that I might have something here that I could use. So I took the plunge and misted it all over my perineal areas. The spray created a very fine, light mist. At about 5 inches away from my skin, one pump covered about a 3 inch diameter circle of skin. This was a very light coverage, so to spray the whole area took about 5 pumps, (I covered all the way back including my rectum). I think I could have used less, but I wanted a really good sampling of it for the review.

I immediately began to feel a warming sensation everywhere it touched. This initially concerned me, but it never progressed past the very warm stage. In fact, I believe some people would consider this the effect they are looking for with a sensual warming product! However, after about 3-4 hours, my vulva began to itch. I hurriedly washed the entire area off and began to burn, it was definitely a yeast infection. I then used over-the-counter antifungal treatment cream. It's been about 6 hours since I washed the product off and put on the medicine and I have finally stopped burning.

In the meantime, I decided to test this spray on my different toys, including glass, silicone, cyberskin, TPR/TPE and plastic. I discovered it took a little more product to successfully cover the semi-porous material, cyberskin , while the glass and plastic wet down the fastest. Silicone and TPR/TPE were in between. They all dried quickly and with no residue or smell after drying. I left the mist to dry to ensure the fullest, lasting antimicrobial effect. However, I will be thoroughly washing any of these toys before use! You will probably not need to wash them first and this would definitely be desirable because it would continue the germ fighting effect while in use. I imagine that would be the most helpful for the semi-porous materials.

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a toy cleaner, not only an intimate cleanser! I just caution those with known sensitivities in the past, to take the usual precautions. Because I can't use it directly on my skin, I am giving this 4 of 5 stars, but that is the only reason.
Follow-up commentary
I may have had an unfortunate experience using this directly on my skin, but I originally bought it as a toy cleaner. As such, it works beautifully and makes me feel a little safer using the few TPR/TPE toys that I have! I just spray this on after washing any of my toys and then allow it to dry. I let it remain on the surface for extra antimicrobial protection, but I am very careful to thoroughly re-wash the toy before use and remove all the residue I can.

I know I have an idiosyncratic, overly reactive system and that is part of the reason I am writing the reviews on ingredient products; I want other chemically sensitive individuals to have a reference. If anyone has questions about the ingredients, I have more research on them, I just couldn't include it all without going over the maximum word count! Feel free to contact me for any more information you may need.

I will update this again if I experience any reaction to using the toys after washing off the dried on spray.
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Anyone
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • On all toys
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    • Travel friendly
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Genitals
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  • surreptitious
    Man, woman (ha) - my heart goes out to you and your extreme sensitivities. I do like all of the interesting educational information that you include (I do have She Blinded Me With Science stuck in my head now, though ). Thanks for the great review!
  • sunkissedJess
    What a lovely job you did on this. It was packed with information and extremely useful. I learned a few things while reading this review, thanks
  • joiedejouets
    Great job! Thanks for sharing.
  • Wicked Wahine
    Thanks! I know, that song got stuck in my head, too, then I had to pull out his better stuff & play it to flush the 1st one out of my head! I know it looks like I had all these bad reactions in a week, but I have had most of this stuff for a while and never did a review on it. This one, though, I used just the day I wrote it, so the embarrassing details were recorded as they happened.

    @ Stormy, thanks for the edit!
  • Wicked Wahine
    Wow, thanks sunkissedJess, that means a lot to me! If I help someone avoid any of the pitfalls I've experienced, or they learn to avoid something unsafe, then I feel my experience had some worth, you know?

    @calmeccentric, thanks to you, too!
  • Zombirella
    Ouch, pricey! But it sounds good. Great review!
  • Virgingasms
    Great review! Seems a bit overpriced for 3.4 oz.
  • js250
    Very helpful review--thank you!
  • KrissyNovacaine
    Thanks for the review!
  • Wicked Wahine
    Thanks everyone, I agree it's expensive & I feel they know full well that they are one of the only brands of antibacterial cleanser that does not have triclosan in it. When I bought it, I had waited months for it to go on sale! Plus, looking at the ingredients, I don't see anything that is expensive & I might just buy a bottle of the active ingredient instead for use on my toys only, (but, I can't fool around with stuff for my crazy skin)! At the time though, I was still experimenting and on sale it was a much better deal, (half off, I think). Besides I don't want a huge bottle of stuff just to sample something.

    That said, it does creates a very fine mist so it should last a long time. If you are having as hard a time as I did finding something safe for you to try, I still recommend this, but if there was a less expensive alternative, I would certainly pick the other. I think the manufacturer is being a little gimmicky by marketing it as a personal body cleanser & not primarily a toy cleanser so they can jack up the price, but that's just my opinion.
  • bratcat
    While on the pricer side of cleaning sprays, i think you've convinced me to get this one for several reasons. Great review which so much helpful information. I'm going to try and stay away from products with triclosin in it from now on! Thanks so much for all the great info and detailed review!
  • Wicked Wahine
    You're welcome, bratcat! I bought this when on sale, I think for half off which is what convinced me to finally try it.
  • bog
    Thanks so much for the great review!
  • Wicked Wahine
    I re-read this review and am embarrassed that I left in a mistake! I don't see any way to fix it, as the edit feature has been removed for now. So, I will point it out here, in the comments:
    I said I sprayed it all the way to my rectum. What I meant was my anus, NOT my rectum, (which, of course, is internal). I already knew that and I can't believe I used the wrong word!!! Mea culpa!
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