How to Clean a Fleshlight (Including Drying and Overall Care Tips)


Fleshlights are a wonderful invention, renowned for how realistic and pleasurable they feel. This is largely due to their Superskin material which is designed to feel very similar to real human skin. The downside? Cleaning your fleshlight can be a real pain.

The sleeve’s Superskin material is made largely from mineral oil, which doesn’t get along well with ordinary household soap. In fact, cleaning your fleshlight’s sleeve with soap will deteriorate and destroy the toy over time, so it’s not recommended at all. 

how to clean a fleshlight

Why Should You Clean Your Fleshlight?

When you’ve paid top dollar for a sleeve, you want to make sure that you don’t end up with fleshlight mold, which is a very real possibility if you don’t know how to properly clean it. Once your fleshlight has gone moldy, there’s no coming back from it.

Since fleshlights are only supposed to be used with water-based lube (and you typically cum inside of them), they’re a moist breeding ground for mold and bacteria if not cleaned properly.

Aside from the possibility of mold, it’s simply pretty gross to not clean your Fleshlight. The cum will congeal

There are some websites which claim that moldy fleshlights can be revived and cleaned, but I wouldn’t risk it personally. Putting your dick in a moldy substance could easily cause a Yeast Infection or UTI. Is it worth the risk? Not likely (especially if you have sex with a partner who could catch these infections).

How to Clean a Fleshlight

You’ll want to clean your sleeve after you use it (yes, every time). You can clean your toy in any sink or even your bath, depending on your preference. You can also use a bowl.

The kitchen sink is probably the easiest to work with since they tend to be deeper, but I understand that some people don’t like the idea of rinsing jizz into the same place that they wash their plates. Still, as long as you sanitize and rinse the sink after, it should be fine.

Step 1: If you’re not cleaning your sleeve right after using it, you’ll want to soak it in warm water for a few minutes first.

Step 2: Remove the sleeve from the case and separate the two. Clean the case by rinsing it with warm water both internally and externally. Feel free to use soap to clean the case (not the sleeve0, just make sure you rinse it all off.

Step 3: Take the sleeve and hold it upright under the tap, allowing warm water to run through the orifice (i.e. the part you put your dick in) and exit through the bottom end of the sleeve. Use a strong flow of water to help dislodge any cum and lube stuck inside the sleeve.

Step 4: After rinsing for a while, plug the bottom end of the toy with your finger and fill it up about ¼ of the way with warm/hot water. Now place your hand over the top so none of the water can escape. With both ends covered, shake the sleeve up and down or side to side with your hands, encouraging the water to slosh about inside and get into all those nooks and crannies.

Step 5: Empty out that water, give the toy another quick rinse, and then liberally spray FleshWash (Fleshlight’s official toy cleaner) inside and outside the sleeve. DO NOT use generic sex toy cleaning spray for this and DO NOT use soap. Superskin is very different from your typical sex toy material, so regular soaps and cleaners can destroy it.

Step 6: Rinse the sleeve once again and then put it to one side. Dry the case with a clean towel or paper towels.

How to Dry a Fleshlight Sleeve

You’d think that washing a fleshlight would be the hard part, but lots of people don’t actually know how to dry a fleshlight properly. 

Drying a fleshlight sleeve is kind of the trickiest part really, as you’ve got to be careful that you don’t leave in any moisture inside the sleeve which could lead to mold growth.

Mold grows easily in warm, damp places so a fleshlight full of water and particles of water-based lube is absolutely ideal. Make sure your sleeve is completely dry before putting it back in its case and storing it away.

Air Dry

If you live in a dry, cool climate and you are able to leave your Fleshlight lying around (i.e. you’re not trying to hide it from family members) then leaving your Fleshlight out to air-dry could be a good simple way to dry it safely. 

Simply leave your sleeve lying out on a clean kitchen towel in a well-ventilated area for 24 hours or more. Some people find that pointing a fan at the sleeve helps, while others like to place it nearby an A/C unit or an open window to encourage proper airflow.

Wire Hanger

Bend the bottom of a wire hanger around the orifice of your sleeve so that it can be hung in the air from the hanger. This means that excess water can drip out the bottom of the sleeve more easily. 

You should ideally hang it up in a well-ventilated room, but you could potentially hang it up in a wardrobe if you want to be more discreet.

You can also get a Sleeve Warmer for a similar experience (plus it keeps your Fleshlight warm for a more lifelike experience). 

Grated Surface Dry

Stand your sleeve upright on a grated surface and leave it to air-dry for 24 hours or more. 

This allows your sleeve the air-dry while ensuring that any liquid drips out of the bottom more easily. For example, you could place it on a grated dish rack or a radiator (off, of course).

Flour Sack Towel

Use a clean flour sack towel (sometimes called a “tea towel”) to pat the exterior of the sleeve dry. 

Then, place the flour sack towel over a chopstick and gently push the chopstick through the inside of the sleeve, helping the towel to absorb the moisture from inside the sleeve. 

Repeat a couple of times and change direction each time to maximize your chances of drying out the inside. This method is not as good as air-drying, but it could be used in a pinch.

Some people recommend turning your fleshlight inside out to thoroughly clean/dry the inner textures. Bear in mind that this can cause unwanted stretches and microtears in the Superskin, so you should not leave the sleeve inside out for more than 3-4 minutes.

cleaning a fleshlight

Additional Fleshlight Care Tips

  • Regularly apply Fleshlight Renewing Powder to keep your sleeve feeling soft and lifelike (this also helps eliminate stickiness). You can use cornstarch as an alternative, but their powder does a better job.
  • Never use regular soap or non-Fleshlight toy cleaner.
  • Only use water-based lube with your toy (other types can break down the material).

Does Your Fleshlight Smell?

If your fleshlight smells, it’s a telltale sign that it’s breeding bacteria, mold, or the corpses of a gazillion sperm cells inside. 

If you followed the cleaning/drying steps above and your Fleshlight still smells bad, it’s probably best to cut your losses, throw it away, and purchase another sleeve which you’ll look after more carefully next time. 

A bad smell suggests lingering microbes and mold, neither of which you should be putting near your junk.

The Bottom Line

Who knew that keeping your fleshlight clean was a full-time job? Cumming in a fleshlight on a regular basis is obviously going to take its toll after a while, so it’s a good idea to follow the above tips in order to keep your fleshlight clean and keep the brilliant Superskin material as healthy and lifelike for as long as possible. Happy fleshlight fucking!