Using anal beads is fun – that’s for sure. However, to avoid any nasty surprises down the road, you have to take time to properly clean your beads. Although the topic isn’t the most glamorous one to talk about, it’s important that we do so.
When it comes to cleanliness and anal beads, there are two major points you should consider.
First, you need to make sure that your butt is clean and ready. And second, you have to take good care of the beads, too. If not properly cleaned, they could carry nasty bacteria that could enter your body.
Cleaning Before Use
You put anal beads up your butt, and although that shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, some people do get squeamish about it. What’s the issue? People dislike the idea of getting feces on their toys and hands.
Fortunately, you can avoid this in most cases; all you need to do is prepare yourself before you start using your beads. Use the bathroom around one hour before you start – that way, you will be sure that your bowel is empty.
Next, take a shower and pay attention to your anal area, making sure that it is squeaky clean. Finally, if you want to be extra cautious, you can use an enema to clean out a couple of inches of your rectum; that will get rid of any remaining debris.
These straightforward steps should help you avoid getting in contact with any feces. Nevertheless, you should NEVER practice vaginal play right after anal play. Even if your rectum is clean, there are bacteria in it that can cause nasty vaginal infections. So, when you remove something from your anus, always clean it before you insert it into a vagina.
Cleaning Anal Beads
When the time comes to clean your beads, you should first check what they are made of, and then select a suitable cleaning method. Your beads could either be made of porous or non-porous materials.
Porous anal beads
If your beads are made of jelly, rubber, or latex, they are porous. Such materials require a bit of extra care in order to be safe for use. Even after you clean toys made of porous materials, bacteria can stay in the pores; so, you need to remove as much of it as possible.
The best way is to use warm water (not too hot as the beads might melt) and a good scrub. If you want to be absolutely sure that your beads are as clean as they can be, buy a specialized antibacterial cleanser for sex toys.
You should know that, even with a thorough cleaning method, a porous set of anal beads will never be 100% clean. That’s especially true if your beads are connected by a string, which will absorb even more bacteria than the actual beads.
The best way to protect yourself is to use a condom with porous anal beads. That will surely stop any bacteria from spreading.
Non-porous anal beads
Non-porous beads are made of glass, steel, or silicone. Unlike the porous materials, these have no pores where bacteria could get in. So, they are much safer for use. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t clean them after each use. There will still be bacteria on the surface of your beads.
The easiest way to clean your non-porous anal beads is to boil them. Glass and steel beads can go into boiling water, but silicone cannot stand temperatures that are too high, so don’t overheat the water in that case.
Also, a good scrub is a must with these toys, too. Just like with the porous beads, you can use specialized antibacterial cleansers.
What About Vibrating Anal Beads?
If you prefer using vibrating anal beads instead of regular ones, you will need to be extra careful while cleaning them. To avoid the risk of electric shock, be sure to remove the batteries from the unit before you start cleaning.
Moreover, you should never fully submerge your beads into water; the liquid could get into the electrical parts of the device and cause irreversible damage to your beads.
One more thing – whatever cleaning method you choose for your beads, you need to make sure that they have properly dried before you put them away. Plus, you should have a special storage area for them. While in storage, your beads should be safe from moisture and bacteria.
Just to be sure, you can always give them a quick wipe each time before use; that way, you will know that your beads are safe and ready.