Let me just get this out of the way right off the bat: You should be cleaning your sex toys after every single use. There's no compromise on that. Even if you're only using a toy on your clitoris, it's imperative that it gets a good wash down after every romp — partnered or solo. Bacteria breeds on your toys, and if there's one place you don't want to introduce bacteria, it's to your most sensitive bits. So, by searching for the best sex toy cleaners, you're already on the right track.
But not all sex toy cleaners are created equal. "Fast-acting, hygienic cleaners that are condom-safe are the best option to use on any kind of sex toy you may own," advises Annabelle Knight, a sexpert for Lovehoney. Condom-safe is an important distinction here. It immediately rules out oil-based cleaners, which could break down silicone toys, too. Since most toys are made of silicone, this is a substance you want to stay away from.
"Water-based formulas are best to look out for," elaborates Knight. "You should also only purchase cleaners that are antibacterial and suitable for all sex toy materials." That means silicone-based cleaners are out, too, as they can also break down silicone toys.