How to Clean Your Fleshlight: Detailed Instructions

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Last updatedLast updated: December 26, 2023
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It’s always fun to be adventurous in the bedroom, and this often leads to the usage of toys. Sex toys allow us to play out fantasies and enhance our sexual experiences. And while it’s great when using a sex toy, the cleanup afterward is imperative to maintaining its longevity and having it ready for future use. Among all the available sex toys, it can be hard to know just how to clean Fleshlight. The good news is that we have all the details and procedures you need. Once you get started, you’ll soon have a nice, clean Fleshlight that will be ready whenever you next are.

How to wash and clean your Fleshlight

Yes, you need to properly clean your Fleshlight after every use. The reason for this is that an uncleaned Fleshlight can quickly develop mold and other bacteria growth. Mold loves dark, damp areas, and that is exactly what a dirty Fleshlight is. So, let’s get into the details of Fleshlight care.

Remove the sleeve from the case

There are two parts to a Fleshlight, the sleeve and the case. These need to be separated and washed individually. This is not an area to cut corners as bacteria will grow in these small areas, and the whole toy won’t be able to dry properly if it is not separated.

The case of the Fleshlight should be rinsed with warm water. If you want, you can also use a mild soap, although usually, this is not necessary. If you do wash with soap, be sure to rinse the case thoroughly.

Once the case has been washed or rinsed, put it aside to air dry.

Put the sleeve under warm tap water

While the case of a Fleshlight probably doesn’t need to be cleaned much, the sleeve definitely does. First, give the sleeve a thorough rinse. You will want to hold it upright under a sink faucet so that water is able to run right through the inner hole.

While you might naturally head to the bathroom for this step, you might want to consider the kitchen instead. Kitchen taps usually have more pressure than the bathroom, and you will want to have as much water pressure as possible for this step. There can be a lot of lube or cum residue in a Fleshlight, and the more you are able to rinse out, the easier the next cleaning steps will be.

Optional: use FleshWash or isopropyl alcohol

Depending on how dirty your Fleshlight is, you might want to use a stronger cleaner. This is especially true if you have forgotten to clean your toy right away. You can use a specifically-made Fleshlight cleaner which is both gentle on your toy and harmful to any bacteria. Alternatively, you can also use isopropyl alcohol, which can be found at your local pharmacy.

While you can use either of these cleaners, you cannot use any ordinary sex toy cleaner, nor can you use regular soap. The inside of a Fleshlight is made with specific material that does not react well with other chemicals. In fact, regular toy cleaners can actually destroy the materials used in a Fleshlight.

Again, we can’t stress this enough. Do not use regular soap or a traditional sex toy cleaner. You might think you’re doing the right thing when cleaning your Fleshlight but you can end up damaging it instead.

Use your finger to clean out the inside

Because of the sensitivity of your Fleshlight’s material, you don’t want to use a cleaning brush or even a cleaning cloth. Instead, your finger will have to suffice.

After you have rinsed your Fleshlight out, take one hand and cover the bottom to create a container that can collect water. Then, fill the inside of your Fleshlight up about a quarter of the way with warm water. Do not add soap.

Take your other and place it at the top. Then, shake the Fleshlight so that water is contained within it and can further clean the inside. There are a lot of folds inside a Fleshlight, so you want the water to penetrate all of them.

Finally, take a finger and insert it into one and of your Fleshlight. Circle it around, again trying to get into any folds. Depending on the size of your Fleshlight and the length of your fingers, you may need to insert a finger through the other end, too.

Finally, give your Fleshlight a final rinse under the tap.

Use a drying stand

Your Fleshlight, including both the sleeve and the case, should be air-dried. To do so, you may want to use a proper drying stand. We’ll talk more in the next section about the different methods to properly air-dry your Fleshlight.

How to dry your Fleshlight

How to dry your Fleshlight is almost important as knowing how to wash your Fleshlight. If your Fleshlight is the least bit damp, mold can quickly grow, ruining your toy. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep your toy nice and dry.

Place it on a clean, dry surface

While it may lack sophistication, simply placing your newly cleaned Fleshlight on a dry surface should do the trick. The key is that the surface should be completely clean.

A nice trick is to take a freshly washed towel and place that on a flat surface. Then, you can put the Fleshlight sleeve and case on top of the towel. The only problem is that this surface takes quite a while, so it’s best to keep it out overnight to fully dry.

Your radiator can make the process faster

If you have a radiator in your home, placing your Fleshlight near this device can help speed up the process. Again, place a clean towel on a flat, dry surface near the radiator. Then, put the Fleshlight on top of the towel.

While you can leave your Fleshlight near the radiator, it should not be too close, and it should not touch it. The extra heat can damage the sensitive material of the Fleshlight, and may even melt or warp your toy.

Wire hanger method

Yes, wire hangers really are quite versatile. The downside to placing a Fleshlight on a towel to dry is that it takes quite a long time, and the water can actually start to pool inside the sleeve. However, if you are able to hang your Fleshlight up, gravity is used in your favor, and any excess water is able to drip out the bottom.

Take a wire hanger and twist the bottom so that it can support the Fleshlight. Then, hang the entire apparatus up to dry. The drying location should be in a room with adequate airflow.

Do not turn it out

The inside of your Fleshlight is the hardest to get clean. However, this does not mean that you should ever turn it inside out. This could easily break or rip your Fleshlight, and then you will be forced to purchase a new one.

How to keep your Fleshlight in top-notch condition

A good Fleshlight is a bit of an investment, so it makes sense to take incredibly good care of it. Step one is knowing how to properly clean your toy, but there are also a number of other helpful tips to follow.

Apply Fleshlight powder or cornstarch

Ideally, your Fleshlight will last for quite some time. However, you may notice that the texture of the sleeve alters a bit after a lot of use. Basically, the material inside the sleeve should be smooth but might take on a sticky quality.

Instead of throwing out your expensive toy, there is an easy solution. You can either use cornstarch or a specific Fleshlight powder that restores the material to its original luster.

Simply sprinkle the powder on both the inside and outside of the sleeve. Shake the Fleshlight a bit so that the interior is evenly coated. You can do this after thorough washing and drying of your Fleshlight.

Clean it after each use

We’ve given you all the steps necessary to properly clean your Fleshlight, and it is now up to you to remember this task. Even if you don’t feel like it, your Fleshlight needs to be cleaned after every use.

Let it dry completely

Again, we’ve given you multiple methods of properly cleaning your Fleshlight. Which one you choose is entirely up to you. While you may want to remove your Fleshlight to a more discreet location, we do recommend leaving it to dry overnight. Hiding it away in a drawer will just encourage mold to grow if it is not completely dry.

Use it with lube

While Fleshlights are made with incredible materials, they are more fun with lube. Not only will you receive more pleasure with lube, but the material won’t chafe, and therefore there won’t be a risk of damage in the inside of the sleeve.

What if it’s smelly?

While a smelly Fleshlight is a bit of a turnoff, what it symbolizes is actually more of a concern. A smelly Fleshlight is a sign that there is mold growth somewhere in your toy. With a smelly Fleshlight, you have two choices.

First, you can give it a seriously thorough cleaning. Really rinse everything out, and be sure to use a specific Fleshlight cleaner. Then, properly air dry it. Hopefully, this helps, and if it does, then you need to examine how mold was able to grow in the first place. Perhaps you weren’t diligently cleaning your toy, or maybe where you store it is too humid. Take the smell as an important lesson to learn.

The second choice you have is to get rid of your Fleshlight and start again. Yes, this is extreme, but mold is serious business. Let’s face it; your nether region is pretty sensitive. Do you really want to place a part of your body inside of something that is teeming with bacteria? You could very easily develop an infection of your own.

Final thoughts

We hope that you are now an expert at Fleshlight cleaning. The trick is to clean it right away, using the right materials. We know that after some bedroom fun, cleaning might not be your top priority, but we think that once you get into the rhythm, it will soon be a simple matter to perform. A clean Fleshlight will allow you to keep using it well into the future and not have to worry about staining or odors. So hopefully, you understand all the tricks on how to clean Fleshlight.

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