Sharing sex toys isn't safe unless you are using them with someone that you already have unprotected sex with. This is because STDs and infection-causing bacteria can be caught from sex toys too. And even if you are the only person who uses your toys, women who like to switch them from anal use to vaginal use need to know that the rectal tract holds bacteria that can cause severe vaginal infections. 100% Silicone is one of the few sex toy materials that can be sanitized enough to be considered “safe” for those scenarios, and we're going to tell you how to clean silicone sex toys for those purposes.
Of course, if neither of those situations apply then you can clean silicone male masturbators with antibacterial soap and water or a commercial sex toy cleaner, and then just sanitize them every now and then for good measure since most silicone toys last for years. But if either of the two scenarios mentioned above comes into play, you need to go a step further EVERY time. And you can use either of the following methods:
#1. Wash it with antibacterial soap and water, rinse, and then wipe it with a 10% bleach solution. Let the bleach sit for a few minutes, and rinse thoroughly. This does a very good job, just make sure you wipe the toy down really well and don't miss any crevices or ridge lines that it may have. A soft bottle brush or tooth brush can be helpful here.
#2. Bring a pan of water to a rolling boil. Wash the toy with soap and water, again being careful to get in crevices and such, rinse it, and then drop it in the boiling water for 3-5 minutes. You can use tongs or another utensil to remove it when it's done.
Some people will also put their silicone sex toys on the top rack of their dishwasher and run them through a cycle without soap. This may not work for everyone though because not all dishwashers get hot enough to really do the job.
It's important to note that you shouldn't drop a silicone vibrator in a pan of boiling water (even if it's waterproof) or you're likely to damage the mechanical parts. You can still bleach them though.
Neither boiling nor bleaching should be done unless you are sure that the sex toy is truly 100% silicone. There are some companies that you can always trust as far as their silicone goes, such as Tantus, Fun Factory, and Vixen Creations, but certain other companies will *say* a toy is 100% silicone when it's actually blended with something else. Those blends often have ingredients that will melt if you try to sanitize them.
Although we don't suggest that you try it, we test our toys for true silicone content by doing the “match test.” This involves holding the toy over the flame of a match for a few seconds to see how it reacts. Don't use a lighter. True silicone might get a sooty discoloration (which generally washes off) but will not burn or melt under match flame temperatures. Blended silicone will either melt or ignite, so we not only test on a spot near the base of the toy, but we do it outside near the waterfall!