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Penis Hygiene: 11 Tips to Keep your Penis Clean

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Penis Hygiene: 11 Tips to Keep your Penis Clean

The penis is one of the most concealed parts of a male’s body, spending the majority of its time hidden away under clothing. So, unlike other body parts like our face or hands, it might not be as obvious when our penis is dirty given that as the old saying goes, it’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’.

There are a few more reasons that the penis can be susceptible to becoming dirty. For example, penises pass fluids, come into contact with our partner’s body, and may be more prone to sweat due to limited airflow to the genital region. Not to mention, if you are unfortunate enough to catch a sexually transmitted disease (STD) you may experience penile discharge.

There are a few more reasons that the penis can be susceptible to becoming dirty.

So, the reasons above give a good summary of why it’s important to keep your penis clean. The next thing to think about is exactly how you keep your penis clean. The good news is that if you’re looking for the answer to that question, you’re in the right place. This article explores a number of tips and tricks for keeping your penis clean.

1. Clean your foreskin (if you have it)

The foreskin is a layer of skin that often covers the tip of the penis. Dirt can gather underneath the foreskin, which can be difficult to see without manually retracting it.

It’s important to pay attention to your foreskin when cleaning your penis, ensuring that you clean underneath it.

If you don’t, you risk missing the dirt that may have built up on the underside of your foreskin. Only try to pull your foreskin back if you can do so without pain.

Important Note: If you aren’t able to pull your foreskin back without pain, don’t force it, and consult a medical professional for guidance.

2. Get examined by a doctor every year

If you’re able to, get routinely checked by your doctor for health examinations. If you’re experiencing unusual symptoms, don’t wait until your routine check-up and seek medical guidance right away. For example, if you’re noticing a larger dirt build-up than usual or discharge coming from your penis it could be a sign of an infection.

3. Clean yourself after each sex session

When having sex, bodily fluids are often exchanged between partners. If you don’t clean yourself after sex these fluids could be retained on your penis.

This may lead to visible residue or even to foul smells developing.

Like many physical exercises, sex may cause you to sweat. After intercourse, It’s also important to consider your general hygiene as well as your genital hygiene.

4. Use a loose fit in your underwear

Wearing loose-fitting underwear will help to ensure that you remain comfortable and that there’s as much airflow to your penis as possible. This is especially important in warm climates and for people susceptible to sweating, for example, those working in physically demanding jobs or playing sports.

5. Wear clean, dry underwear

Making sure that your underwear stays clean is an important part of penile hygiene. If you’re wearing underwear that’s dirty or damp, you’re exposing your penis to these conditions. Ultimately, if you’re hoping to keep your penis fresh it’s important to wear underwear that’s fresh too.

6. Don’t be afraid to talk about safety with your partner

Sexually transmitted infections may lead to the hygiene of your penis suffering. For example, certain infections such as gonorrhea may lead to penile discharge. It’s important to make sure that you have sex responsibly, this means wearing condoms when needed and ensuring that both you and your partner are STI-free, bringing us on to our next point.

7. Get yourself checked

Like with regular medical check-ups, you should get yourself routinely checked for STIs. This is true even if you aren’t presenting any symptoms, as many sexually transmitted infections are symptomless.

If you are having regular sex and aren’t in an exclusive relationship you should wear protection and routinely get checked for STDs which may help to reduce their spread

8. Trim your pubic hair responsibly

You don’t have to trim your pubic hair if you don’t want to, but trimming the hair that grows in your genital region may make it a little easier to keep your penis clean. For example, excessive pubic hair growth may conceal certain areas of the pubic area, or cause pain when cleaning as hairs could get snagged.

9. Wash your hands before masturbation

Make sure that you wash your hands before you masturbate (or have sex). This is because germs often linger on people’s hands and you may have been handling something that could irritate your penis. Washing your hands before and after you’ve touched your genitals is a good practice for maintaining penile and general hygiene.

10. Clean your penis after masturbation

When you ejaculate during masturbation, despite not exchanging sexual fluids with a partner it’s still possible that your own seminal fluid will seep out of your penis as it returns to its flaccid state. If you don’t clean your penis properly after masturbation, you risk leaving a residue on your penis and underwear.

11. Wash your penis regularly

Ultimately, the most effective way to keep your penis clean is to make sure that you wash it regularly.

Clean your penis every time you bathe or shower and more often if needed.

When cleaning, remember to retract your foreskin (if you have any and can do so without pain) and clean the areas that it covers as this is a hotspot for the build-up of dirt. A study suggests that uncircumcised men are more likely than non-circumcised men to wash their genital region more than once a day.


As with any part of your body, it’s important to keep your penis clean. After all, your penis spends most of its time underneath clothes. This may make it difficult to see the build-up of dirt. Furthermore, the penis lets fluids pass, often has limited airflow, and may be affected by STDs.

As with any part of your body, it’s important to keep your penis clean.

A good cleaning routine, getting regular STI checks, and practicing safe sex are examples of tips that may help to reduce the build-up of dirt on your penis. If you have foreskin and can pull it back without pain it’s important to clean underneath it. If you can’t pull back your foreskin without pain, seek medical assistance for further advice.

It’s important to note that while this article is intended to be informative, it cannot be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are worried about symptoms or have general queries always consult a medical professional for guidance.

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