1. How to Clean and Store Anal Sex Toys

    Beginners Basic Triple Butt Plug SetPlaying with anal sex toys is lots of fun but it's important to give them an MOT after each use to keep them in perfect condition for the next time you're feeling frisky.

    And unlike regular washing up, cleaning your anal sex toys can actually be educational and fun too - a bit like a pornographic Sesame Street!

    Follow our simple guide and your anal toys will last a life time.

    Safety Check

    The anus and rectum can be quite robust, stretching to accommodate even the largest butt plug but it's also surprisingly delicate too. Before using your anal sex toys look them over to check for any loose material or rough edges. All Lovehoney products are made to the highest standards but cheaper brands may not be of the same quality, so it's always good to check.

    Change Your Oil

    Doc Johnson Anal LubricantLubricants are a large part of anal play so make sure you choose the right one for what you have in mind. Silicone lubricants tend to be too thin for anal usage and can damage silicone sex toys, so avoid them like the plague!

    Instead, opt for thick water-based lubricants such as Sliquid Sassy or Maximus Anal Lubricant that provide extra comfort and make insertion of anal sex toys easy and enjoyable. Alternatively, try a really thick oil based lubricant such as the five-star rated Doc Johnson Anal Lubricant Tub - but be careful, it will eventually break down latex toys so use with caution.


    Beginners Basic Anal DoucheAnal sex isn't just about making sure you have the right tools for the job; it's also about making sure your body is ready for anything!

    Don't use desensitising creams as they prevent you from knowing when you've reached your limits and if you're worried about cleanliness, make sure you use a douche or enema before starting your anal play.

    For more information about douching, check out our anal cleanliness blog.

    Check Your Water Levels

    Beginners Basic Anal BeadsHygiene is key when it comes to anal play so make sure you wash your anal toys before and after use. You can also use a condom with them to help prevent bacteria building up in any textured areas.

    To make sure your anal sex toys are ultra clean, follow these steps:

    1. Spray your anal sex toy with Lovehoney Fresh Sex Toy Cleaner.
    2. Rub thoroughly with a damp cloth or tissue, concentrating on any textured areas.
    3. Run your anal sex toy under a warm tap for 2 - 3 minutes, moving it so each area receives a good amount of clean water.
    4. Spray again with Lovehoney Fresh Sex Toy Cleaner and rub the liquid in using a damp cloth or tissue.
    5. Pat dry with a soft, clean cloth then store in a dry and dust-free environment.

    Most of all, make sure you enjoy your new anal sex toy!

    Still need help?

    You can Contact Customer Care, who will be able to give you advice on how to clean your toy properly. You can send an email any time, and telephone or live chat to an experienced advisor from 8am-10pm Monday-Friday and 8am-4pm Saturday.

    The other great place to look for people's advice on sex toys is on the Lovehoney Forum, where our community is on hand 24/7 to give their opinions and tips.

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