It’s time to discuss a sex reality check we don’t often think about until it’s too late: post-sex cleanup.
Sure, it’s probably a given that you clean yourself after sex in some way — whether that means reaching for a baby wipe, a handful of tissues from the stash you keep on top of your nightstand, or even the shirt you just took off.
When it cums right down to it, however, it doesn’t hurt to learn something new that could make your sex life — and your partner’s — a little less messy and embarrassing to deal with.
Especially while you’re basking in the afterglow together.
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In this article, we’ll talk about:
How To Clean Up Cum Or Semen After Sex
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to figure out how to clean up after one partner cums inside or on the other and many of our forum users have discussed post-sex cleanup tips and tricks, sharing their wealth of knowledge on the topic.
The most common methods for cleaning up cum include:
- Wet washcloths
- Towels or hand towels
- Unscented wet wipes or baby wipes
Have any of these items readily on hand and cleaning up after sex won’t feel like such a chore, especially if they’re within arm’s reach.
Cleaning up after sex is important, as we’ll talk about later on, but make sure to clean every sex toy you use, as well!
How to Clean Up Cum If You Have a Vagina
Learning how to clean your vagina after sex doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, being prepared in advance is a wonderful way to make the cleanup process much more convenient.
Keeping a stash of “special hand towels” or wet wipes in your nightstand is a handy way to stay on top of things, whether your sexual escapades are planned or spontaneous.
If you’re thinking about cleaning inside your vagina, never — and I do mean never — douche after sex.
Douching can increase your odds of developing an infection, pelvic inflammatory disease, pregnancy complications, and even cervical cancer.
One of the easiest ways to clean up cum is to use the bathroom right afterward.
Not only is this ideal for “emptying” your vagina without a lot of mess — you can drip right into the toilet — the urine stream that comes from your urethra flushes out bacteria that may have entered it and lowers your risk of developing a urinary tract infection.
If there isn’t a bathroom nearby, the Mainstream disposable pee funnel makes it easy to urinate while standing. It’s an ideal solution if you’ve just had sex in the backseat of a car, during a camping trip, or at any location that doesn’t offer the “comforts” of home.
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How To Clean Up Cum If You Have A Penis
Grabbing a hand towel, wet washcloth, or an unscented baby wipe is a fast solution but it doesn’t hurt to head over to the sink and give your penis a quick rinse.
Uncircumcised men should make cleanup a priority after sex, however, since they are more prone to infections and balanitis — inflammation of the head of the penis — due to bacterial buildup around and beneath the foreskin.
Good old water is strong enough to get the job done, but you can also use a mild, fragrance-free soap — just rinse well afterward.
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How To Clean Up After Anal Sex
Wanna know something cool about anal sex?
Post-sex cleanup of the anus is surprisingly simple compared to the vagina.
Why? It’s a lot easier to keep the anus clenched tight — meaning your trip to the bathroom is less likely to result in cum sliding down your leg as you walk.
Simply squeeze those sphincter muscles tight and once you’re on the toilet, a few pushes should be enough to empty the cum out.
While toilet paper does a fine job, some folks prefer to use flushable wet wipes or baby wipes for an extra-clean feeling.
When wiping, always make sure to wipe front to back to avoid cross-contamination and keep bacteria away from your urethra.
If you are able, it’s wise to shower soon after anal sex to wash away any bacteria that might have remained behind, paying special attention to your genital area to remove fecal bacteria that may have made its way into the area.
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How To Clean Up Cum On Fabric And Upholstery
If left untreated, a cum or semen stain could mess up the fabric of your sheets, panties, or clothes — at least temporarily.
The good news is that a cycle through the washing machine is typically enough to get the job done on most fabrics, just make sure you wash the cum-stained fabric soon afterward — don’t wait for days to handle this.
If the stain is tinged with blood for any reason, rinse the stain in cold water and treat it with a stain remover (or a little laundry detergent in the absence of this) before machine washing.
For cotton or polyester blend sheets and underwear, warm or hot water is fine; those made from silk or satin should be hand washed in cool water.
Sheets and clothing are easy to clean, but how should you handle a cum stain on fabric that can’t be tossed into the washer?
The best thing to do in this situation is to address the stain immediately, using a stain treatment spray or upholstery cleaner if you have one available, or simple soap and water if you don’t.
You should never use bleach or undiluted hydrogen peroxide on upholstery. It might not remove the stain but it will lighten the fabric, leaving you with a permanent discoloration to mark the occasion.
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How To Clean Up Cum In Your Hair
Removing semen from your hair and face can be easy or difficult, depending on where you are and what you have on hand.
If you’re near a bathroom, you can rinse the cum from your hair in the sink, raking the water through it with your fingers before blotting it dry with a hand towel.
If you’re able, you can straight up take a shower, and shampoo your hair.
There may be times, however, when you’ve done the deed and you don’t have access to indoor plumbing or running water.
If you’re in a car, for instance, most people keep a stash of napkins in the glove box, so you can use a few to soak up the fluid as much as you can, running another dry one through your hair to catch anything you missed.
In other scenarios, you may need to get creative based on what you have nearby, removing any large clumps of cum and drying your hair to the best of your ability until you’re able to wash your hair properly.
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How To Clean Up Cum On Your Face Or In Your Mouth
Again, if you have bathroom access, it’s simple enough to walk over to the sink to rinse your mouth or wash your face.
In the absence of running water, if you have a drink nearby, you can use that to rinse cum from your mouth — swallowing it or spitting is your choice.
Wet wipes are also useful for cleaning cum from the skin, but if you’re worried about removing your foundation or makeup, you can wipe it away gently using some toilet paper, a dry washcloth, a few tissues, or a paper towel.
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How To Clean Up Cum On A Wall
If you finish doing the deed only to discover that you’ve made your own version of a Jackson Pollock painting on the nearest wall, never fear.
You can safely use a little water and mild detergent to remove it, wiping it away with a wet cloth or sponge. You can also use white vinegar.
Do not use bleach, however, as it can damage the paint on the wall.
Likewise, while we all love “magic erasers” because they remove stains so well, they can also potentially damage the finish of the paint — leaving a dulled, matte spot behind.
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How NOT To Clean Up After Sex
Contrary to what your mother might have advised you and as we mentioned earlier, douching after sex is not recommended.
In fact, there’s no need to clean the inside of your vagina after sex because once you pee and empty the cum and other excess fluids out, your vagina will naturally restore its pH balance all on its own.
There are plenty of products on the market that are touted as being “ideal” for flushing out your vagina and leaving it squeaky clean, but you can trust Mother Nature on this one.
Many such products have added fragrances, dyes, and other ingredients that could cause skin irritation while disrupting your vagina’s healthy pH.
Additionally, if you use sex toys at all, it’s important to clean them properly. There are several things that shouldn’t be used to clean sex toys because they’re harmful to the toy — or your health.
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Why Cleaning Up After Sex Is Important
In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget about the inevitable aftermath that comes with him cumming inside you, but it’s a pretty good idea to understand exactly why post-sex cleanup is important.
Several benefits of a good post-cleanup routine include:
- The prevention of infections and bacteria: The longer you baste in the juices of love, the higher your chances are of developing an infection such as a UTI. Regardless of gender, washing up after sex can help prevent infections.
- Maintaining good overall hygiene of the genitalia: Gently cleaning your bits after sex is an easy way to avoid skin irritation.
- Avoiding a mess (and possible staining) on sheets: The sooner you clean up after sex, the less likely it is that you’ll have to deal with extra laundry.
- It simply feels good to be clean: What goes in must cum out and although some people enjoy that sticky, drippy feeling between their thighs after the deed has been done, not everyone does.
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The good news is that you don’t have to jump right into the shower the second you’re done having sex — even if your partner cums inside or you used cum as lube.
It’s completely okay to enjoy a post-coital cuddle session before cleaning up — even if you fall asleep while doing so.
If you tend to suffer from “orgasmic narcolepsy” and fall asleep afterward, it likely won’t cause a major health issue, provided that it isn’t a daily occurrence.
The key is to not make this a habit — otherwise, you could open yourself up to recurring bacterial or yeast infections.
Can Sex Throw Off Your pH Balance?
On that note, we need to address how sex can throw off your pH balance.
Because semen has a higher pH compared to a woman’s vagina — between 7.2 and 7.4 during ejaculation — having unprotected sex can temporarily alter vaginal pH balance, increasing it above its normal average pH of 4.5 for a time.
So it only makes sense that the longer cum stays inside of your vagina, the higher your pH remains, increasing your chances of getting a bacterial or yeast infection.
That said, you should never douche to remove semen from your vagina — as we touched on previously.
Post-sex cleanup is great for maintaining good hygiene and avoiding infections but it is not a foolproof way to prevent pregnancy, STDs, or STIs.
If you’re having unprotected sex and your partner cums inside of you, it is still essential to be mindful of the risks involved as it relates to those.
If you want to play it safe and decrease your risk of unwanted pregnancy or STDs and STIs, consider using condoms instead of having unprotected sex.
Even the most thorough after-sex cleaning won’t be effective against pregnancy or transmittable diseases and infections so err on the side of caution if any of these are a concern.
Does Post-Sex Cleanup Have To Be Awkward?
There’s no getting around the need to clean up after sex but that doesn’t mean it has to be awkward.
Sex is perfectly natural and so is what happens afterward.
Cleaning cum can actually be an act of affection if both partners help one another.
Instead of leaving your partner to fend for themselves, let them relax while you grab a washcloth, run it under warm water (make sure it’s not cold!) and gently clean them up.
Or if you have the energy, you can hop in the shower together and do a quick rinse-off or a more thorough cleaning with soap and water.
Who knows? It could lead to round two!
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Cumming inside is an intimate act that can bring couples closer together, but let’s be honest: it can be messy.
Although you’re not going to face certain disaster if you don’t clean up after sex, it’s always a good idea to at least wipe up afterward — in whatever way you prefer.
As we mentioned earlier, post-sex cleanup doesn’t have to be an awkward moment.
Having open communication, a strong comfort level with your partner, and a convenient routine with properly prepared items on hand is a surefire way to enjoy the best sex from beginning to end.