My love started to take a nose dive once I began using sex toys because, at first, I didn’t know how to take care of things like a responsible adult. After learning about the importance of high-quality sex toy cleaning supplies, my eyes began to open up to the possibilities that were always before me but never understood. It only took a second for me to realize I had to start getting some good products in my stash. So, I started where anyone else would: With the same company that had supplied more than half of my sex toy collection. Lovehoney makes this sex toy cleaner called “Fresh” and I had been dying to try it out for quite some time now. After the urging of a partner, I finally bought some and this is my story.
What Is Lovehoney Fresh?
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This product is nothing more than a liquid sex toy cleaning solution, but its properties make it so much more. With a proprietary blend of ingredients, the Lovehoney Fresh Toy Cleaner offers superior cleanliness for your pleasure products and accessories while also being gentle to the skin and presenting a light, invigorating scent. The maker says it will make its user “feel fresher than the Prince of Bel-Air,” but I was naturally skeptical because it seems like everyone says that these days. Either way, this stuff was designed to disinfect most known manufacturing materials and does so while being easy to use and convenient to keep.
The Main Features
Fresh by Lovehoney has just about every feature you’d want in a sex you cleaning product, although for some people it may not be packaged with as much careful attention to detail and discretion. With a relatively short list of ingredients, this luxurious liquid is made for use with all sex toys in the Lovehoney lineup, including some that require extra gentle cleansing agents and/or special steps for optimal functionality. It offers a fast-acting formula and comes contained within a clear, plastic bottle that measures a generous 8.45 ounces (or 240 ml). The container features a convenient spray nozzle that spritzes at a wide angle for maximum coverage, plus its lightweight formulation means a little goes a long way.
Furthermore, this water-based product is compatible with all skin types and even most condoms, meaning it can be used on everything in your collection no matter who your partner may be (as long as they don’t have an aversion to propylene glycol, which is rare because most have an allergy to its counterpart, polypropylene glycol). Anyway, the relatively harmless formulation is both vegan and cruelty-free, so I was able to use it in good conscience even though I wasn’t quite sure how my toys and body would react to the contents.
What Comes in the Bottle?
I tried to keep in mind that Lovehoney consistently produces high-quality stuff, and if anything with their product should be considered they’re quick to point it out. As for their Fresh Toy Cleaner, they mention that it’s vegan-friendly and cruelty-free but they don’t tell you that it has a few potential allergens in the otherwise innocuous formula. It’s a water-based solution, but it contains the following ingredients too:
- Decyl Glucoside
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine
- Sodium Chloride
- Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate
- Propylene Glycol
It was the propylene glycol that sent up the alarms in my head. I had no problem with it, but an ex-partner of mine did and it got ugly in a hurry. I suggest making sure nobody has a sensitivity to anything in the bottle before using it on your toys. Remember that you don’t get anything in the box but an 8.45-ounce container and an attached spray nozzle with a clear cap. Whatever else you need (storage, replacement lids, etc.) will have to be purchased separately.
Someone’s experience with a sex toy cleaning solution is always subjective to that person’s habits and the kinds of toys they’re trying to maintain. No two people are alike, but products like this perform the same every single time because they’re made from a uniform set of ingredients under strict production guidelines. Either way, it certainly helps to set up some basic criteria with which you can rightfully judge and effectiveness and practicality of any product that graces your presence. As for the Lovehoney Fresh Toy Cleaner, here’s how it measured up against the rigors of my opinion:
- The Container
The container is nice and fat but yet short enough to fit almost anywhere in my house. I liked the fact that both the product and the bottle were clear because that made it so much easier for me to keep track of how much solution was left in the container. The wide-angle spray nozzle was a perfect match for the consistency of the liquid inside, and I was impressed by how little the pump got jammed with dirt and debris. I did notice, however, that after a few uses the bottle does begin to leak product. Be sure to keep it upright at all times and don’t drop it or anything like that because the container can and will break.
- The Practicality
Sex toy cleaning supplies are a must-have, so this stuff gets a free pass on practicality automatically. I didn’t like the price tag on it as much as I did some of the other products in my stash, but I felt like it was worth every penny because it got the job done much quicker than most and it didn’t require a secondary washing under water to finish up. There was never any leftover residue either, which was a somewhat surprising feature from such a simple, one-step product. It’s easy to store too and I found out it can also be taken on trips without requiring too much space in your overhead luggage.
- The Functionality
This watery stuff got all over the place with only two small sprays, so obviously you get a lot of bang for your buck here. The lightweight liquid seeped down into the cracks of my most texturized masturbation sleeves and left behind a clean, fresh scent (hence the name, I’d imagine). Lovehoney Fresh Toy Cleaner is aptly titled in my book and it functions exactly as I’d expect any material maintenance solution to – quick, efficient and harmless.
- The Effectiveness
It certainly got all my sex toys and accessories clean, but at what cost? Well, for one, it cost me a sex of pillow cases because my dumbass sprayed my device while it was laying on the bed and the cleaning solution basically ate a hole in the silk. That means one of two things: 1) This stuff is extremely reactive to everything but skin and sex toy materials 2) I need to buy my silk sheets from another supplier. Either way, it gets my vote in the effectiveness department because I honestly can’t deny its power.
- The Aftermath
The aftermath was good, besides the debacle with the pillowcase, of course. I couldn’t have been happier with the results and the pleasant aroma wafting from my bedside table was a nice touch as well. Nobody ever talks about how satisfying it is to look down at a pile of squeaky clean sex toys, but I will. I won’t say it’s better than sex, but Lovehoney once again improved my love life by simply being who they are and I truly appreciated that.
The Ups and Downs
We all know that there’s no such thing as a flawless product, especially when we’re talking about things used for personal pleasure and/or sexual gratification. Even items designed for practicality have various faults in their stars, meaning it’s up to consumers like me and you to keep the manufacturers in check. Let them know you’re watching by peeking at each product’s pros and cons instead of looking at the marketing campaign that came with it. Here are all the things I think you should consider about the Lovehoney Fresh Toy Cleaner before spending any money on it:
- Vegan and cruelty-free formula
- Safe to use on all sex toy materials and condoms
- Convenient spray-style nozzle for better control
- Transparent bottle
- Fast-acting for quick and easy maintenance
- Made from mostly hypoallergenic ingredients
- Available in several sizes
- Bottle may leak product after use
- May damage some fabrics
- Non-discreet label design
As an essential part of a health love life, sex toy cleaners like this are easy to fall in love with. However, it’s important to stay progressive about the products you use, especially when so many manufacturers utilize unsafe, unsustainable or unethical production practices. Fortunately, everything about Fresh Toy Cleaner by Lovehoney seems to be pure, from the types of ingredients used and the transparency of the bottle to the compatibility with sex toy materials and the clarity of the product itself. I think it’s an excellent liquid to have stashed in your bedside drawer because I know it’s hidden somewhere in mine. Overall, it’s not limited to newbies or experts because it’s a well-rounded essential with a lingering effect.