This is a relatively new question as plugs have become more mainstream over the past few years, breaking out of the bedroom and being something of a fetish of their own worn for long periods. I came to this conclusion after seeing the question of odor removal become more frequent as plugs have become more popular in the last few years. It’s rare that someone would play with a dildo without some type of clean out first, so odor issues have never come up before, but with plugs it’s another matter entirely.
So I decided to do some research on the subject, initially thinking it would be quickly resolved, but I was wrong. After a few months of trying different things I finally discovered the hurdle and the answer to getting odor off your plug.
Well the R&D on this was interesting to say the least, so I hope my dedication to this doesn’t go unnoticed! I’ll spare you all the details of how I got to my conclusions and get right to it.
How to Get that Odor Out
It’s known the softer silicones have a less dense molecular structure and as a result naturally exude a small amount of pure silicone oil. This is the same type of oil found in any silicone lube. As silicone doesn’t wash off with soap and water it remains on the toy’s surface and with it holds any odors it might have come into contact with. This is why all the traditional cleaning methods weren’t working.
You can indeed clean your toys with a little care by rubbing the surface with something soft and some acetone, which is nail polish remover. Acetone is a solvent for silicone oil. In my tests I found those round makeup remover pads worked well and they’re disposable. This often worked on its own, but for really intense circumstances, following this up with a soak in an enzymatic cleaner like those for pet stains worked wonders.
To get the enzymes on the entire surface without having to use a lot, put your plug in a ziplock bag with some of the solution, it might only take several sprays, remove the air from the bag and seal. Allow to sit a few hours.
I didn’t find any odor removers based on bacterial action that were effective, so be sure it’s an enzyme based product.
Acetone is safe on the silicone if used in the manner described.