“mistakes were made”: so your silicone toy now smells

I get asked all the time for advice relating to sex, but my favourite questions are always the awkward ones, the ones that no one really wants to talk about because it’s a little uncomfortable. If you come to me saying “ok, this is a little weird” my ears perk up. But it can be hard, because sometimes you can’t find the information you need.

This was one of those situations for me.

Today, I’m going to talk about what to do when your silicone toy has picked up… well, a smell. often, specifically, the smell of ass. There’s a common belief that silicone is odorless to begin with, and that it won’t hold odors, which isn’t entirely true anyway, but sometimes, if you’re having teh buttsecks with a silicone toy, that toy will end up smelling of ass.

This became something I explored thoroughly after using one of my silicone toys anally (with a condom on it, no less!) ended up with the toy having a strong scent, even after washing with soap and hot water. Usually, washing your toy in the dishwasher or boiling it a little longer than usual (10 minutes, say) will help with the issue.

But what if your toy is a vibrator or otherwise can’t be boiled? What should you do then?

First of all, I do NOT recommend you try Febreeze. I saw that suggested a few places, but you don’t want those chemicals inserted inside you! I’ve seen dish soap or shampoo as recommended, but it can cause irritation for some, so be sure to rinse it off thoroughly just in case.

You can try a 10% bleach solution (just be sure, again, to rinse thoroughly). Air drying also helps with the smell. I’ve heard good things about putting your toy in some baking soda for a day or two and then washing it, which is another thing to try that won’t really hurt you internally (or your pricey plug!)

There’s also toy cleaners and wipes you can use, though, again, don’t forget to rinse your toys before you use the toy, as those can also be irritating to your pink bits.

Of course when it comes to avoiding it in the first place, there’s other things you should keep in mind. I mean, I thought a condom would work (just a basic Durex) but apparently not!

So consider always having an enema ahead of time to minimize the risk of a scent on your toy (or a mess!) You can get a basic enema kit at any pharmacy. There’s also the idea of storing your toys with a little bag filled with a vanilla bean, coffee beans, or a lightly scented dryer sheet to keep them smelling fresh.

But if it happens to you- it’s not just you, seriously. This happens to people all the time. So don’t feel embarrassed!  Just give the above tips a try if it happens, and you should have your toy smelling fresh again.


Kitty Stryker

Kitty Stryker is a geeky sex worker, Burner, rabid writer and feminist activist with one high-heeled boot in San Francisco, California and one in London, England. In London, Stryker worked with the TLC Trust, an online organization connecting people with disabilities with sex workers experienced with emotional or physical limitations. She is the founder of the award-winning Ladies High Tea and Pornography Society, and was nominated by the Erotic Awards as Sex Worker of the Year for her charity and activism work. Now back in the States, Stryker has been presenting Safe/Ward, a workshop on combating entitlement culture within alternative sexual communities, along with being the PR rep for the Bay Area Sex Workers Outreach Project promoting sex worker rights. She has written for Huffington Post, Filament, and Tits and Sass, built a social media strategy for Cleis Press, and consults with sex workers about their online presence. In her copious free time, she enjoys switching things up with her two hot lovers. Read more from Stryker on her personal blog, Purrversatility.

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