How To Clean A Fleshlight Fast And Keep It In Great Condition

How to clean a Fleshlight Safely without damaging sleeve

Fleshlights are a lot of fun, but they’re also picky about how they’re treated–especially when it comes care and maintenance. But once you know how to clean a Fleshlight properly, the actual cleaning and drying process is pretty easy.

Here’s a quick tutorial on keeping your Fleshlight in tip-top condition so you can continue enjoying it for years to come.

What you’ll need: 

How to clean a Fleshlight

Ideally, you should clean your Fleshlight within a few hours of using it, and I’ve never run into any problems if I wait until the next morning.

  1. Bring your Fleshlight to a sink.
  2. Remove the sleeve from the case and set it aside.
  3. Wash the case using warm soapy water, rinse with clean water, then pat dry with a clean paper towel. 
  4. Grab your sleeve and run cold water through each end for a few minutes until you’re sure it’s completely clean. Cold water washes lube and cum better than warm water.
  5. Rinse it again, this time with warm water.
  6. Pour a little rubbing alcohol into one end sleeve and let it drip out. If you use FleshWash, spray both ends two or three times.

How to dry a Fleshlight sleeve

Sleeves with tight canals and more intricate patterns take more time to dry than ones with more open, less intricate ones.

  1. Pat the outside dry with a clean paper towel.
  2. Grab a couple more paper towels, and smoosh them into each end of the sleeve to dry the cavity as much as possible.
  3. Let it air dry for a few hours or until it’s completely dry.
  4. When you’re sure your sleeve is 100% dry, put it back into the case.
  5. Screw the front cap onto the case, but leave it a little loose. The idea is to give any residual moisture in the sleeve a way to escape. Allowing airflow is the most important thing you can do to prevent mold, mildew, and bacteria.

Long-term care and maintenance

Maintaining a Fleshlight is pretty simple. There are just three instructions to remember:

  • Only use water-based lube with Fleshlights.
  • Clean sleeves with water only, or water and rubbing alcohol or FleshWash.
  • Allow the sleeve to dry after washing it.
  • Apply cornstarch, talcum powder or Fleshlight Renewing Powder every once in a while to condition the FleshSkin material and keep it in tip-top shape.

How to apply cornstarch to a Fleshlight sleeve

  • Using your fingertips, gently knead small amounts of powder into the sleeve. 
  • Start with the orifice, then the interior cavity, before getting some into the hole on the other end.

Why cleaning is necessary

Just like real human skin, the Superskin material of Fleshlight sleeves has microscopic pores that can harbor bacteria, viruses, and other germs if they’re not cleaned regularly.

Over on Reddit, guys occasionally ask why their Fleshlight is suddenly covered in black spots, or mold, or mildew, and the answer is always the same–because it needs better cleaning or better drying–or both.

So yes, you really should wash your sleeve after you use it, especially since you just gunked it up with lube.

And even if you pull out and don’t leave body fluids in your Fleshlight, you should clean off the lube and allow it dry completely before putting it back in storage.

Luckily, a few minutes is all that’s needed to prevent your own personal Fleshlight horror story.

Bad smells and strange odors

If a Fleshlight sleeve starts emitting a bad or funky odor, that’s a bad sign. It means germs, mold, or mildew could be growing.

Don’t panic! You don’t need to throw your sleeve in the trash. You can disinfect and deodorize Fleshlight sleeves by soaking the sleeve in rubbing alcohol or giving it a very thorough cleaning with FleshWash and allowing it to dry thoroughly.

Allowing your sleeve to dry completely is absolutely essential because bacteria and other germs feed on moisture. Otherwise, the odor will return.

How to disinfect and deodorize a smelly Fleshlight

  1. Pour a 16 ounce bottle of 70% rubbing alcohol into a large bowl.
  2. Remove the cap and sleeve from the plastic case and rinse everything in hot water for several minutes.
  3. Dip the plastic case and cap in the alcohol, then set them on a clean towel and allow them to dry.
  4. Place your Fleshlight sleeve in the rubbing alcohol and use your fingers to work the liquid into all the nooks and crannies inside the canal for a few minutes.
  5. Soak the sleeve in the alcohol for two to four hours, turning it occasionally to ensure even coverage.
  6. Rinse the sleeve with warm water for several minutes to remove all the alcohol.
  7. Pat the outside of the sleeve with a clean paper towel until it’s dry to the touch.
  8. Grab some more paper towels and pat the inside of the sleeve until you can’t feel moisture on the paper towels.
  9. Let the sleeve to air dry another 12 to 24 hours before using it again.

Fleshlight do’s and don’ts

  • Never use soap on a Fleshlight sleeve. Most soaps and cleaners will damage the SuperSkin material in your sleeve. Don’t use antibacterial hand soap and dishwashing liquid, either. Soap is fine on your case and cap, though.
  • Use 70% rubbing alcohol on sleeves–not 91%, 99% or 99.8%. Those higher concentrations over-dry Fleshlight sleeves and can lead to cracks and tears. But 70% rubbing alcohol is safe and won’t damage or degrade the texture.
  • Never turn sleeves inside out, since that could create tears or rips in the insert.
  • You can clean your Fleshlight sleeve in the shower as long as you don’t use soap. 
  • Place a packet of silica gel into your Fleshlight to dehumidify it. Those little white packets in pill bottles can be re-used in your camera bag and for maintaining your Fleshlights.


How about you?

Besides lube and body fluids, what kinds of dirt, grime, or stains has your Fleshlight endured? And how did you clean it? Let us know in the comments.


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Harry D. Somers

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