Cleaning Up Silicone Lubricant

Posted by Anna Bergeron on

Silicone lubricants are often thought of as the premium lube on the market. Not only do they last a very long time, so you don’t need to reapply them very often, but they also feel better than any other kind of lube to most people. The only downfall of silicone lubricants is that they are a pain in the butt to clean up.

Why Do So Many People Love Silicone Lubricants?

For most people, silicone lube will be a firm favourite. They feel a lot like oil, giving you the comfortable silky feeling while you use them. They also last a lot longer than any water-based lube you’ll find just like an oil-based lubricant. Oil-based lubricants though break down latex condoms, but silicone lube doesn’t! Silicone lubricant also doesn’t react with anything except silicone, so it’s one of the safest kinds of lube there is. This is only true of basic silicone lube though. As soon as you start using any additives, the lube may start to react with things.

If you have a silicone toy, but can’t do without your favourite kind of lube, then you’ll need to use a condom over it to stop the two reacting with each other.

Silicone lube also doesn’t get washed off by water, so it’s perfect for using in the shower! Surviving water during sex is a great thing to keep things easy, but it doesn’t help a great deal when it comes to cleaning.

Best Way to get rid of Silicone Lube.

The more traditional methods of cleaning up your lubricants might not work so well for silicone. It will probably absorb into the surface of any sheets or clothes that it comes into contact with, and any water that you use to try and clean the surface will probably just bounce off.

To battle against this, you might need some more advanced cleaning products. Examples of useful cleaners are:

  • Keep It Clean solution: This is specifically designed to remove silicone stains from fabric.
  • Sex Toy Cleaner: Any solutions that are designed to clean sex toys will be good at getting out silicone.
  • Soilove: A stain remover that is great at removing silicone, although whether or not the bottles work is a little hit or miss
  • Cascade Dishwashing Detergent: Soak the heavily stained items in a mix of this in water before washing normally.
  • Dentured alcohol.
  • Naptha
  • Acetone
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Degreasers
  • Turpentine: If you’ve managed to get silicone into any wood products this can work well
  • Any products designed to digest silicone
  • Orange Glo
  • Oxyclean
  • Ammonia

There are tons of options there, and they are all reported by various different people to work to differing levels of success. It might depend on a number of other factors, like your particular brand of washing machine or how hard the water is where you live. The best detergents are the ones that dissolve grease usually.

How to avoid silicone stains

If cleaning silicone is such a pain, then the best thing you can do is avoid it altogether! There are a few different ways you can try to do this, and it will depend on your own set up and preferences. One thing you can do is to just have a large towel that you keep ready for when you use the lube. Just lay it down on top of your sheets then any mess will stain the towel rather than your sheets.

If you have managed to stain your sheets or clothes, then don’t put them into the tumble dryer until you’ve made sure the stain is completely out. The heat from the dryer will set the silicone, making it impossible to get out.

You could also try to apply the lube before you start, getting it inside the vagina or anus. This saves you having to get it over your hands during sex, which can easily lead to some nasty hand prints on your bed.

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