Just Say No to Toy Cleaner

Say No to Toy CleanerToy cleaner is unnecessary on platinum silicone toys as well as on other high quality sex toys and, in my opinion, not terribly helpful on cheap toys that are already toxic or porous. It will not make them any less toxic, nor will it clean all of the germs that may be hiding in the pores of cheap sex toys.

So to put it in plain English: Toy cleaner is a complete waste of money.

Read more about why it’s important to buy platinum silicone toys.

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Let’s take a look at the ingredients of one of the many toy cleaners available:

Ingredients: Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Sodium Carboxymethyl Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium PCA, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Diazodinyl Urea, Citric Acid.

Now let’s examine each ingredient.


OK, but that’s the first ingredient, which means that it’s the most plentiful ingredient in the product. Most of us get this for free from our kitchen sinks.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate

This is bad, although common in household products (unfortunately). It is similar to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and according to Dr. Mercola, carries risks of irritation of the skin and eyes, organ toxicity, developmental/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes, and possible mutations and cancer.

Why would anyone want to spray sex toys with something like that?

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

A skin irritant, but I will give this one a pass.

Cocamide DEA

This one, I am horrified about. You know it’s bad when even Wikipedia lists it as a carcinogen.

Sodium Carboxymethyl Lauryl Glucoside

Unknown. Data scarce.

Sodium PCA

There is limited data available on this moisturizer, but no glaring red flags as of yet.

Propylparaben, Methylparaben

Synthetic parabens are known toxins, known allergens, suspected to interfere with gene expression, and suspected carcinogens.

Diazodinyl Urea

This is a preservative that releases formaldehyde, a highly hazardous carcinogen. Bad bad bad!

Citric Acid

OK, but unless specified “from citric fruits” or “USDA Organic,” it may have been derived from GMO corn.


So, very cleverly I guess, someone has fooled a lot of people into paying $4.99 for a plastic bottle containing mostly water, with a small amount of chemicals that are potentially harmful added to it, that offers no real benefit at all. To be fair, that is pretty much the same thing that most manufacturers of body products (such as shampoo) do, but I will leave it up to you to examine those labels.

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