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How to Clean Male Masturbation Toys

How to Clean Male Masturbation Toys: The 2023 Full Guide

We all love our masturbation toys, but we all hate cleaning them. 

But it’s not all fun and games, boys—we’ve gotta clean those male sex toys lest we cum to a stinging, infection-fueled post-nut clarity.

And we need to know how to clean male masturbation toys properly!

These masturbator fleshlights are often made of realistic, super-skin materials that harbor bacteria really well, and soap won’t always cut it.

But worry not—as usual, we’ve got you with the best male masturbation toys cleaning tips for ALL kinds of male sex toys.

How to Clean Male Masturbators (Strokers and Sleeves)

Alright, boys, let’s start easy—with the strokers and sleeves. 

Now, these male masturbation toys may be easy to clean, but there are all kinds of strokers and sleeves made of different materials (more on that later). 

The first thing you’ll want to do is check if the male masturbator in question is waterproof or not because how you clean it will depend on that.

How to Clean Waterproof Male Masturbators

Waterproof male masturbation toys are sooo much easier to clean (something to remember next time you’re buying male masturbation toys).

Cleaning waterproof male sex toys is also much cheaper, as regular antibacterial soap will do just fine, and you don’t have to buy the more expensive cleaners for male masturbators.

Here’s how to go about the cleaning:

  1. Wash out any seminal fluid left in
  2. Fill your sink with soapy water
  3. Pop the toy in
  4. Rub it with your hands or cloth inside and out
  5. When it’s clean enough, empty the sink
  6. Empty your sink and rinse the toy off
  7. Dry it with a clean cloth and leave it to dry some more

There are other ways to clean male sex toys, like bleaching and boiling (more on that later), but these are reserved for male masturbation toys without mechanical parts.

How to Clean Non-Waterproof Male Masturbators

Non-waterproof male masturbation toys are a bit harder to clean as you can’t just pop them in a filled sink and scrub as much as you feel like.

You have to go easy with water and soap and navigate any mechanical parts.

But it’s still doable—it will just take a little bit more time and effort on your part. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Soak a clean cloth in warm soapy water
  2. Keep the toy away from the water
  3. Rub the toy with the cloth inside and out
  4. Clean it THOROUGHLY—that’s the only cleaning it gets
  5. Pat dry with a towel and leave to air dry

Sex toy wipes do wonders with non-waterproof male masturbation toys, too. They’re more expensive than a soapy-water-soaked cloth, but they are much more convenient.

How to Clean Open-Ended & Close-Ended Strokers

Another point of difference when cleaning your strokers is their build. There are 2 main types of strokers—open-ended and close-ended ones.

Open-Ended Strokers

Open-ended male masturbators, especially silicone ones, are the easiest to clean. If they’re waterproof, you can pop them in the sink and use a cloth to clean them inside and out. Since they have 2 openings, it should be pretty easy.

Put them upright under a tap, and let strong water pressure run through the openings to get everything out. You can also use isopropyl alcohol spray (you know, the thing we all used for everything during COVID) just to be safe.

Then rinse them, pat them dry with a towel, and leave them to air dry.

Closed-Ended Strokers

The close-ended strokers are similar to masturbator fleshlights (coming right up). These are the worst to clean, especially if they don’t pop open. 

There’s no way around it—put that bad boy in the sink, get the soap, and scrub away gently. Rinse them well and leave them to air dry with their open end on the surface so any drops of water can drip right out.

You can place a towel or cloth underneath to protect the surface, especially if you place it on a wooden nightstand. 

How to Clean Fleshlight Toys

A masturbator fleshlight toy (i.e. an official Fleshlight prouduct) is usually a b-word to clean—there’s no way around it. It’s also one of the best male masturbation toys out there, so cleaning it is worth the trouble.

For the best masturbator fleshlight cleaning tips, we turn to LoveHoney, a reputable maker of male sex toys, as well as the combined experiences of our team members.

Most of the best Fleshlights are made of super skin—a material that makes them feel very realistic but also makes them hard to clean.

So, you’re gonna have to tread carefully not to damage the beloved (and often expensive!) masturbator fleshlight.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Separate the sleeve from the case – Remove the two to clean your masturbator fleshlight more thoroughly. 
  1. Clean the case – The case will be easier to clean. Warm water and soap will do just fine for the case. Rinse it well afterward.
  1. Run the sleeve through water – Put the sleeve upright under the tap and let warm water run through the part where your penis goes. Use a strong flow of water to get rid of all the leftover semen and lube.
  1. Shake it like a bottle – Fill the sleeve ¼ with water and close both ends. Then shake it as you would when you wash bottles. Empty out that water, give the masturbator fleshlight a quick rinse, and you’re almost done.
  1. The final wash – Spray the official masturbator Fleshlight cleaner and don’t use any others as you don’t want to damage the super skin. Alternatively, you can use isopropyl alcohol spray. Rinse again and get ready to dry.

We can’t stress this enough—DON’T USE any other male sex toys’ cleaners or even soap on the inside of your super skin masturbator Fleshlight. They’ll do away with the material, and then what are you going to do?

If you’ve already invested in an expensive masturbator fleshlight, throw some extra bucks here and there for the official cleaning spray.

How to Dry Your Masturbator Fleshlight

You think cleaning your masturbator fleshlight is hard? Wait till you hear what it takes to dry it! Agh, the things we do for a little pleasure.

But make no mistake—drying your male masturbation toys properly is just as important as cleaning them. 


Because mold and mildew love wet masturbator fleshlights just as much as we do.

Here are the 4 best ways to dry your male masturbation toys:

  1. Air drying
  2. Grated surface drying
  3. The wire hanger
  4. Using a hairdryer 

1. Air Drying Your Male Masturbation Toys

Air drying your male masturbators is the easiest way to go if you don’t have to hide it from other folks in the house. Just put your sleeve on a clean cloth or towel in a well-ventilated area or near the AC for around 24 hours. 

This method goes for those who live in dry and cool areas (or for dry and cool seasons), as it won’t be of much help in moist ones.

2. Drying Male Masturbators on a Grated Surface

This is another popular way of drying male masturbators. You just put the sleeve upright on a grated surface as you would a glass on the dish rack and let the air do its thing.

Dish racks and radiators are popular places to dry male masturbators like this, but you could use any other grated surface you’ve got at home. The radiator’s gonna add that extra drying power, so it’s the fastest way to go about it.

Just make sure it’s not too hot!

3. The Wire Hanger Method

The wire hanger method is the most discreet way of drying your male masturbators. Hang your sleeve on the hanger as you would your pants so all the excess little drops of water can drip. 

This is the most discreet way because your male masturbator stays in your closet, outside of view. Just put a towel underneath so the water doesn’t mess up your closet.

4. Using a Hairdryer to Dry Your Fleshlight

Drying your male sex toys made of super skin isn’t the recommended way, as it can damage the sensitive material. But, it’s the way to go if time is of the essence, just don’t make it a habit out of it.

The way to do it is to use the ‘cool’ setting on your hairdryer and take it easy. Different companies have different ideas of what ‘cool’ is, though, so be careful and don’t do it often.

How to Clean Cock Rings & Penis Vibrators

Cock rings and penis vibrators are pretty easy to clean, especially if they’re made of silicone or, better yet, waterproof.

Silicone is the best material for male sex toys, not just because it’s the easiest one to clean but also because it’s the safest as it’s non-porous and non-toxic.

If your penis vibrator or cock ring is made of silicone AND waterproof, you can clean it in a sink filled with soapy water by rubbing it with a cloth.

As for the non-waterproof cock rings and penis vibrators or the motorized ones—don’t submerge them in water. Instead, clean them carefully with a cloth that’s been submerged in soapy water instead.

And go easy around the parts with motors!

How to Clean Butt Plugs & Prostate Massagers

Butt plugs and prostate massagers come in all shapes and sizes but are also made of all kinds of materials. 

How you wash your male masturbation toys will largely depend on what kind of material they’re from (coming right up).

For now, we’ll just share a few general tips on cleaning your butt plugs and prostate massagers.

Waterproof vs Non-Waterproof

Like with other male masturbation toys, the first thing you’ll want to check is if your cock ring or prostate massager is waterproof or not.

If they are—you’re in the clear, and you can just pop them in a sink you’d previously filled with soapy water and scrub away.

If not, clean them with water and soap-soaked cloth, as you would other male masturbation toys that aren’t waterproof.

Boiling Anal Male Sex Toys

Male masturbation toys that go in your butt need extra cleaning as our butts are home to lots of bacteria and germs. 

Sure, soap will get rid of them, but the toy may still smell like ass, which is not what you want, is it?

Boiling is a great way to prevent it and add an extra layer of security you got rid of ALL the germs. You don’t need to boil your male sex toys after each use (THANK GOD), but you can do it after 4 or 5 uses.

But you can’t just boil any male sex toys.

Here are the male masturbation toys’ materials that can be boiled:

  • 100% silicone
  • Stainless steel
  • Borosilicate glass

Also bear in mind that the vast majority of electronic or mechanical toys should NOT be boiled, even if they’re advertised as waterproof.

Why? Well, the heat is likely to damage or destroy the mechanical parts inside. It’s not worth the risk.

Bleaching Male Masturbation Toys

Bleaching is another way of sanitizing anal male masturbation toys. It’s especially useful for people who share their male sex toys with their partners. But beware—you can only bleach 100% waterproof toys.

The best way to go about bleaching your male masturbation toys is to use a 10% bleach solution as follows:

  1. Fill a large enough bowl with warm water
  2. Add bleach in roughly a 10% ratio to the water (9 parts water, 1 part bleach)
  3. Stir the mixture with the toy or a spoon
  4. Submerge the toy in the solution for about 15 minutes
  5. Take the toy out and wash it as you usually would (with soap)
  6. Leave the toy to dry as you usually would


Bleach is a powerful sanitizing tool, but you don’t want it anywhere near your intimate parts, so make sure to wash the toy well after bleaching it with warm water and soap.

As with the boiling, you don’t have to bleach your male sex toys to death every time—do it after every 4 or 5 uses.

5 Different Materials Used for Male Masturbation Toys

If you’ve read our guide to male masturbation toys, you’ll know that these products come in all shapes, sizes, and materials.The material that your toy uses affects how it’s cleaned.

1. Silicone

Silicone is the god of all male sex toy materials for safety reasons but also because it’s the easiest to clean as silicone is non-porous.

This god-send material is commonly used for the best rabbit vibrators, prostate massagers, penis strokers, cock rings… the list goes on.

You can clean waterproof silicone male masturbators by submerging them in a sink filled with soapy water and rubbing them with a cloth. This is the easiest way, and you should do this after each use.

Additionally, you can choose to bleach or boil them (as explained in the sections above) after 4 or 5 uses to get every last bit of the germs and get rid of the smells, too.

2. Super Skin (Fleshlight Masturbator Material)

Super skin is an amazing material that gives that realistic feel to your fleshlight masturbator, but it’s also very sensitive, so you’ll want to be careful when cleaning.

Use the method we’ve covered in the fleshlights section.

Separate the sleeve from the case and clean the sleeve with the official super skin cleaning solutions. You can also use isopropyl alcohol spray.

3. Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is another great sex toy material as it’s non-porous, which means those ugly germs cannot penetrate the toy.

You can clean sex toys made of stainless steel with soapy water.

You can also boil them every now and then. But DON’T BLEACH stainless steel sex toys, as that can lead to rusting.

4. PVC, TPE & Jelly Rubber

Cheap sex toys or knockoffs are usually made of PVC, TPE, and jelly rubber—the worst kinds of materials for sex toys.


Because all these are porous, which means bacteria and germs, as well as moisture, can get inside the core of the toy, and there’s no way of thoroughly cleaning it.

To make matters worse—you can’t bleach or boil these kinds of toys.

The best thing you can do is submerge them in a sink and clean them with soap. And use a condom with them.

5. ABS Plastic

ABS plastic is another ‘good sex toy material.’ It’s medical-grade hard plastic, which is NON-POROUS. Yay!

That means you can clean them in a soapy water sink just as you would clean silicone sex toys.

You can also boil and bleach male masturbation toys made of ABS plastic every once in a while.

How to Clean Male Masturbation Toys: The Takeaway

The two most important things when cleaning your male masturbation are what material they’re made from and whether or not they’re waterproof.

And while male masturbation toys may be normalizing male pleasure, it’s still important to keep them clean!

As you can see, most sex toys can be simply cleaned by submerging them into soapy water.

There’s no reason to buy expensive sex toy cleaners EXCEPT FOR your super skin fleshlights. You need to buy the official cleaners for those.

Boil or bleach the ones that can be boiled and bleached every once in a while, and you won’t have to worry about STDs or infections.