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Cleaning Your Silicone Vibrator: How, When, & Why

Cleaning Your Silicone Vibrator: How, When, & Why

Cleaning Your Silicone Vibrator: How, When, & Why

In choosing a silicone toy, you've already made your life much easier when it comes to vibrator cleanliness. Silicone is non-porous, making it unlikely that any harmful bacteria will be absorbed past the surface, also requiring no fancy cleaning tools - just water and soap or baby wipes.

How to clean a silicone vibrator: 

Step 1: Using a basic antibacterial soap (like Dial) and a small amount of warm water, scrub the vibrator in your hands or a clean washcloth from 30-60 seconds. 

We'd recommend avoiding oil-based soaps with silicone toys to keep them in tip-top shape for longer (some oils disagree with silicone, so better to play it safe). 

Don't completely submerge it in the water, unless you've double checked that it's waterproof and have ensured that any closures or screw tops for battery insertion are tightly closed. 

Step 2: Pat it dry with a clean towel. 

Step 3: Store it in a clean box or pouch, keeping it separate from other various items. 

For an even quicker option, you can also use mild baby wipes (no disinfecting wipes like Lysol or Clorox!), but you'll still want to be thorough with the wipe-down and drying before using or storing the vibrator. 

Don't forget to clean the vibrator before you use it for the first time - dust or other unknowns may have settled onto the surface while it was packaged up. You're trying to get down and dirty in only one sense of the phrase.  

You should clean your vibrator after every use - yes, every use. 

Unless you're using a condom over the vibrator, it's best practice to clean it (or any sex toy you use) after every use. If you've taken the time to masturbate as a way to care for yourself, you should take those extra couple moments to ensure your own bodily safety. 

When you use a vibrator, there's a good chance that some of the microorganisms from your vagina will carry over to the toy, which usually isn't harmful. In fact, most of the bacteria and fungi that occur in your vagina is natural and keeps things humming along, so there's absolutely nothing "unclean" about it. 

However, if you have an STI (including the very common HPV) or any kind of vaginal infection (ex: yeast infection), it's possible that the pathogens that cause the infection could remain on the toy's surface and if it's a porous toy, they could get inside the tiny holes, beneath the surface. If you don't clean the toy before using it with a partner, you could pass on infection to them, or reintroduce the microorganisms into your own system after you've killed off the infection. 

There's also risk with GI bacteria, like E. coli, which could occur if you use a toy anally and then vaginally - this could cause a urinary tract infection

Cleaning your vibrator is mostly precautionary: you probably won't get an infection every time you forget or can't bother to thoroughly clean it, but it's important to make a concerted effort to keep yourself (and your partner) safe in the long term, also keeping your vibrator in the best possible condition for it's full lifecycle.