How to Keep Your Butt Plug Clean

hand holding cleaning product for sex toys


There is nothing like a little butt play! Whether you like wearing your butt plugs all day or just insert them when it’s time for some bedroom fun, it is vital that you only use clean butt plugs if you want to stay healthy and safe. Butt plugs that aren’t cleaned regularly can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria found in the anus and rectum and can potentially spread yeast infections and more serious diseases.

No matter how sparkling clean you think your rectum is, there will always be traces of something unpleasant left on your plug which will start to fester if you don’t clean your plug within a few hours. The best solution for safe butt plug play is to develop a regular cleaning routine so that there is no chance of your anal toys being remaining dirty for long periods.

To help everyone use their butt plugs and other anal sex toys in perfect safety and comfort, here is the ultimate guide on how to keep your butt plug clean.

What is the Best Way to Keep Your Butt Plug Clean?

Thankfully for anal play fans, the world has never known such a cornucopia of different butt plugs, beads, tails and other anal sex toys in a huge range of different shapes, sizes, and most importantly, materials. If you want to save yourself from a nasty infection (or even a trip to the emergency room!), however, you need to know the best way to clean each of those materials. Starting with…

1. Butt Plugs Made From Porous Materials

Porous butt plugs and sex toys are those that are made from jelly, latex, nylon, rubber, hard plastic, elastomer and similar materials. If you are not sure about your sex toys’ materials, it should say on the box (and there may even be a cleaning guide.) Either way, it is very important that you know how a porous material needs to be cleaned so that you can enjoy some risk-free butt fun!

If you have a porous butt plug, the best way to clean it is to use antibacterial soap and warm water right after you use it. Alternatively, you can use baking soda but the most important thing is that you clean the plug straight away. If you wait a few days before you clean your toys, the bacteria from your butt will penetrate the surface and start to fester inside. This will make them very dangerous to use as you will then introduce all that bacteria into your body.

Another important thing to know is that you should never use any abrasive cloths or brushes when you clean your butt plugs and other sex toys because they will rough up the surface making it easier for the bacteria to get inside. Just use a soft cloth or sponge and then leave your toys to air dry.

2. Butt Plugs Made From Non-Porous Materials

Non-porous butt plugs are those that are made from silicone, glass and stainless steel. The latter two butt plugs are very easy to clean as all you need to do is to give them a wipe with soap and water and then leave them in boiling hot water for around ten minutes. These materials are totally heat resistant so the hot water will not affect the toy in any way but will kill off any bacteria that has collected on the surface.

While silicone is also a non-porous material, making it an excellent choice for an anal toy, it isn’t heat resistant like glass and metal. This means that a silicone butt plug will not be able to withstand boiling hot water and may end up warping unless it is made of very high-grade silicone. Instead, wash your silicone toys in the same way as a porous toy with warm water and mild soap.

3. Tail Butt Plugs

Butt plugs with an animal tail attached are becoming increasingly popular for many anal play aficionados. You can wear a butt plug with a foxtail, rabbit tail or even a fantasy toy like a dragon tail. The important thing is that you know exactly what materials the butt plug is made from so that you can clean it properly.

First of all, clean the butt plug itself according to the instructions above. If it is a porous plug with a removable tail, wipe it clean with a soapy cloth and then submerge the plug in boiling water for ten minutes to kill the bacteria. If it is a non-porous plug, use a cloth with soap and lukewarm water and leave it to dry.

Next, you will need to clean the tail part of the plug. To do this, you will first need to check whether it is real fur or fake fur. If you have a real fur plug, you will need to clean it very gently to keep it in good condition. Use a cold cloth with soap and a little cold water and dab the fur gently. You can then dry the fur using a hair-dryer.

If you are using a fake fur tail then you can be far more vigorous with the cleaning. Submerge the tail in lukewarm water and wash it thoroughly before hanging it up to dry. No matter what kind of tail you are using, you should always brush it once it is dry to keep it nice and fluffy for the next time you wear it.

What if You Share a Sex Toy?

Many couples like to mix and match in the bedroom but if you are sharing a butt plug or any other type of sex toy then you need to be especially careful about hygiene. This is because it is so easy to spread bacteria from person to person, particularly with anal sex.

The best way to share butt plugs safely is to use a condom while you are wearing them. Your partner can then swap the condom for a clean one when it is their turn. Make sure to give the flared base a clean before swapping because that won’t be covered and then follow the cleaning instructions above when you are both finished.

three different types of lube used for butt plugs


What is the Most Hygienic Lube for Butt Plugs?

While a butt plug or anal toy can be the perfect way to bring some extra pleasure into your sex life, there is the potential for pain or discomfort if you are not careful. As well as choosing the right size toy, you also need to choose the right lube.

There are many different types of lube available but which is the most hygienic?

Silicone Lubricant

Silicone lube is excellent for anal play and is perfectly hygienic and safe. It is thick, lasts a long time and is the most slippery of all lubricants. However, you should never use silicone lube with a silicone sex toy because it can actually corrode the material.

Water-Based Lube

Water-based lubes are versatile lubes that are safe, easy to clean and can even be used with silicone toys. They are kind to condoms and should keep you free of pain and discomfort for hours of butt plug play.

Oil-Based Lubricant

Oil-based lubricants are the longest lasting lubes (if you will pardon the alliteration) but there are some major drawbacks, the main one being that oil-based lubes can increase the chances of torn condoms. They can also stain your sheets and are known to spread candida, the fungus that causes thrush.

Are Enemas Effective for Cleaning the Anal Canal?

We have all seen our favourite porn star pulling a sparklingly clean butt plug out of their ass. But how is it possible? The answer is a closely guarded porn secret: enemas!

An enema is where you clean out your anal canal using water or another liquid. This means that when a a butt plug, finger or penis make its merry way up your passage, it won’t come out covered in faecal matter. However, while this may make anal sex more pleasant (depending on your own personal tastes), the enema will not sterilise your anus. There will still be just as many germs and microbes up there as before.

This is why even if you use an enema, you still need to follow the cleaning and hygiene tips in this article, particularly when it comes to cleaning your anal sex toys.

Are Dirty Butt Plugs Really Dangerous?

The short answer to this is yes. The anus is, unsurprisingly, one of the dirtiest parts of the human body and it is so easy to spread all kinds of unpleasant things. The best way to protect yourself and your partner is by keeping your butt plugs clean at all times. If you are planning to share your butt plugs, then switching condoms will help to ensure that you aren’t sharing anything except for orgasms!

Extra Anal Play Tips

  • Always insert your toy slowly – Start with lots of lube and slowly ease the tip into your anus. Relax, let your body relax and then slowly push the toy further in.
  • Always choose a butt plug that fits you without causing you any pain – You can find anal training kits in every online sex store with butt plugs of different sizes to build your way up.
  • Never transfer a sex toy from the vagina to the anus or vice versa – This is a surefire way to cause a yeast infection.
  • Even if you like wearing your butt plug all day, make sure to take it out for a regular clean to keep yourself safe and healthy.

The Big Climax

When it comes to anal play, it’s all about pleasure, safety and hygiene. Knowing how to clean your butt plug and other anal toys is vital for risk-free backdoor fun. With so many different toys available from every sex store, we really are spoiled for choice. Just make sure you follow this simple guide and keep your butt plug nice and clean and your bedroom butt fun nice and dirty!