How To Clean Anal Toys Properly & STOP The Smell

You might be wondering how to clean anal toys, so they don’t carry a smell. The easiest way to go about it is to simply use some mild soap with some warm water and make sure that you’re cleaning your anal toys right after each use.

cleaning butt plug under the running water

Everyone loves a good anal sex toy, right?

The pleasure they can provide is awesome, and it’s always more fun to experiment with butt plugs, dildos (our favorites here), and prostate massagers than use only your own fingers.

And some people love to spice up their sex life by even going to the office wearing their butt plugs. 

Spicy, right?

Well, not everything is all that great as anal toys have this one downside…

… They’re very quick to catch a bad smell. 

And no one wants their sex toys smelling like poop, right? 

While many people think that if they buy anal toys that are made out of non-porous materials like glass and silicone, they won’t have to deal with bad smell, I have bad news for you

Even non-porous material like silicone can catch a scent if you don’t care for your anal toys properly. 

So, today I have a quick guide that will show you how to clean and maintain your anal toys so that they don’t smell.

Let’s jump in!

How To Prepare For Anal Toy Cleaning?

So, there are a few things you need to know about cleaning your anal toys. 

If you’re thinking about getting some new toys or you’re just the first time getting into anal play, it’s always best to be prepared in advance. 

Because if you’re not prepared to clean your anal toys, you’ll end up with smelly toys, and no one wants that, right?

#1: Know Your Anal Toy Materials

Know Your Anal Toy Materials

If you want to maintain your anal toys, the first thing you need to do is find out what material they’re made out of. 

There are two main categories for sex toys materials:

  • Porous – all the toys made of rubber, CyberSkin, jelly, and other similar materials. 
  • Non-porous – toys that are made of stainless steel, glass, and silicone. 

While it’s always best to buy anal toys made of non-porous materials (as they’re the best materials for anal play), I can understand that not everyone can afford expensive toys. 

Most people tend to go for silicone anal toys. 

And really, silicone is a great material as it’s cheaper while still being non-porous and feels great on your skin. 

Today I’m mostly going to be focusing on how to clean silicone anal toys.

Now, if you’re using anal toys made of porous material I have some bad news for you:

There is no way to completely remove the smell from them, and your best bet would be to clean them right after each use with some water and antibacterial sex toy cleaner.

#2: Find The Best Cleaner 

Find The Best Cleaner

The next thing you need to prepare for cleaning your anal toys is to find the best cleaner. 

The most common option that I see other people use would be using simple soap with some warm water. Everyone has it at home and you don’t need to spend money. 

Quick warning: 

I do recommend you check the manufacturer guidelines before cleaning your toys with soap. 

Each toy is made of specific material, and some of them can be ruined if you use soap. 

And even if the box says that it’s OK to use soap, I would opt for a mild soap, so it’s not as harsh on the material.

#3: Don’t Be Shy To Use Simple Ingredients – Coconut Oil

Some people claim that coconut oil can help prevent your anal toys from getting smelly. 

You can use coconut oil instead of the lube and generously coat your toy before inserting it inside. 

This should create a barrier between the smell and your toy, and once you take it out and clean it, it won’t have the smell. 

If you have a toy that smells, try applying coconut oil on it, then leave it for 20 minutes and wash it with soap and water. 

This should help get rid of the smell as well, so it’s worth your try. 

#4: Try Minimizing The Cleanup From The Start

If you make sure that you’re clean before using your anal toys, it will minimize the cleanup that’s needed after you use them. 

Get into the shower, clean yourself, and maybe even douche if you intend on playing with your anal toys. 

This will ensure that you’re as clean as possible, and the chance of getting poop on your anal toy is smaller. 

5 Ways How to clean Anal Toys: remove smell on your Silicone Anal Toys or Butt Plugs

Now that you know what you’re dealing with let’s talk about the best ways to clean your anal toys. 

It’s pretty straightforward, and once you find the best way that works for you, you’ll never have to worry about nasty odours.

Let’s get right into it:

#1: Try Boiling Your Anal Toys

Try Boiling Your Anal Toys

This tip works only for non-porous anal toys as you can’t boil special materials and rubber. 

Trust me; it might not end well!

Boil your silicone toy in the water for about 15-20 minutes and then let it dry. 

This should help remove the smell and disinfect your toy very well. 

#2: Don’t Underestimate Your Dishwasher

Don't Underestimate Your Dishwasher

If you want a quick way to clean your toys, I recommend tossing them in your dishwasher.

The temperature is hot, and the detergents you use for the dishwasher are harsh, so this should give your anal toys a good wash.

Not only will it steam your toy real good, but it will also disinfect it, preventing any bacteria lingering on the toy. 

#3: Soak Your Anal Toys In Vinegar

Soak Your Anal Toys In Vinegar

Now, this method might not sound like the most appealing, but vinegar is very strong and is very effective in cleaning your house. 

So, why not clean your anal toys with it?

For this, you’ll need to use room-temperature vinegar, just toss your anal toy in it and leave for about 15-20 minutes. 

Once it’s done soaking, remove it and wash it with some soap and warm water. 

Your anal toy should be clean, and there shouldn’t be any bad scent left. 

#4: A Simple Soap And Water Is Always A Good Choice

A Simple Soap And Water Is Always A Good Choice

The easiest and most popular way is to clean your toys straight after each use with some soap and warm water. 

If you’re using silicone or other non-porous material and you didn’t put your toy up your anus right after the toilet visit, it should be enough to remove bacteria and any smell left. 

If you’re using other material toys, it might worth checking the manufacturers’ guidelines on whether it’s safe to use soap on your anal toy material.

Some toys are very sensitive and can be easily ruined by soap.

#5: Prevent The Smell In The First Place – Use Condom 

Prevent The Smell In The First Place - Use Condom

Use a condom with your anal toy if you don’t want to deal with bad smells after. 

This is really the only way to guarantee that your anal toy won’t smell and get ruined. 

It shouldn’t make to much of a difference when using, but I do recommend you get the unlubricated condoms as the lube can get tricky with sex toys. 

Also, if you’re using a condom over your silicone anal toy, you can use silicone lube for anal play!

So, if you’re a fan of a silicone lube but can never use it because of silicone toys, now is your chance. 

Other People Tips & Experiences

Let’s see what other people on the internet are sharing their best practices to clean anal toys:

“I have zero problems with my glass and metal toys – I just wash them with antibacterial hand soap and warm water. The silicone toys seem to pick up a nasty smell and I too have resorted to covering them with condoms. I have found that toothpaste does a good job of taking the ass smell off my hands and fingers.”


“Just soap and hot water usually works for me unless the toy is really dirty. You can also use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol after washing as an extra disinfectant.

If there’s a lingering odor, try washing again but leave the soap on it for a few hours. Then rinse well, and let the toy air-dry. That gets rid of all the odor every time (except a faint smell of the soap).”



And here you have it – everything there is that you need to know about cleaning your anal toys and getting rid of the bad smell!

It’s very easy to care for your toys, but it’s crucial that you prepare for it.

Now that your toys are squeaky clean, take it to the next level with this anal depth training guide.

Dainis Graveris

Dainis Graveris

With over 2 year experience working in a local adult toy store Dainis has gathered quite a bit of experience about helping people find the best for their needs. He's also a top writer on Quora (7M views, 2.3K followers) and has written over 70+ guides on SexualAlpha. Read More

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