Clean is safe. The importance of cleanliness cannot be stressed enough. Sure, it may not be the most pleasant of all chores, but it is probably the most necessary especially so when it comes to your sex toys. If you want your sex toys to be part of your stress reliever, if you want your toys to last, and you want to be safe and free from any infections, then having your toys cleaned properly and regularly is a definite must.
What is your toy made of?
The first step to proper sex toy care is to know what material your toy is made of. You can start by dividing them into two categories: porous and non-porous material.
Porous materials are those that have tiny holes in them. These holes need to be cleaned out so it does not store bacteria and other gunk. Examples of porous toys are those made from hard plastic, cyberskin, elastomer, jelly rubber, nylon, and neoprene.
Non-porous materials, on the other hand, are those that do not have holes so it is more smooth and safer to share or use in couple play because various microorganisms are less likely to stick around. Examples of this include pyrex, silicone, and stainless steel.
Is your toy motorised?
Another thing to consider in sex toy cleaning and care is if your toy has motors in it. Obviously, you should avoid drowning your toy in water or placing them under heavy wash. To make things a little easier for you, here are some general rules that you can follow:
MOTORISED: silicone, glass, stainless steel, wood
|Use mild antibacterial soap (something you would use on your body) and a damp cloth to wipe the toy clean.|
|UNMOTORISED: silicone, pyrex, stainless steel, stone||Place in boiling water for 8-10 minutes for a deep clean. You can also run it through the dishwasher without soap.|
|Cyberskin||Use just a little bit of soap and warm water.|
|Hard plastic, elastomer, thermoplastic elastomer (TPR), jelly rubber||Very porous material. Wash with soap and warm water. Recommended to use a condom when using it, especially if sharing with a partner.|
Toys generally come with its set of cleaning instructions. Make sure to read and follow it so you do not damage your toy.
If you are unsure with what soap to use, always go for mild and hypoallergenic. There are also toy cleaners that are manufactured especially for sex toys.
Tips for Sex Toy Care
Here are some more friendly reminders so you can get the best out of your toys, extend their life, prevent damage, and keep your genitals safe.
1. Wash and Dry Your Sex Toys Regularly
Sex increases the chances of developing a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) especially for women. Bacteria that cause UTI also live in the area around the anus so anything that touches goes into or anywhere around it should be thoroughly washed.
One common mistake that many people make is not cleaning your toy when you first break it open. Remember that sex toys are not sterile. Just as new underwear should be cleaned thoroughly after taking out of the packaging and letting it dry before wearing it for the first time, so should the toy.
Always clean before and after every use.
2. Always dry your toys off properly.
Washing and making sure the toy is clean is not enough. Make sure that it is also properly and thoroughly dry before storage. Not doing this could damage the toy.
3. Store Properly
Once dry and squeaky clean, store your toy away properly. By that, it means no damp and musty drawers. In fact, RandyFox encourages you to put it in your night stand front and center. *wink*
If you want a little more privacy, however, here are a few options for you:
Use the original packaging. Most toys have pretty, inconspicuous boxes. Use that.
Use a plastic container. A small plastic container is lockable and is perfect for keeping outside elements from contaminating your toy.
Use a satin or silk container. It feels luxurious and looks nice while keeping your toys safe and clean.
4. Use the Right Lube
Proper sex toy care is also about using the right type of lubricant for its use. General rule of thumb, only use water-based lubricant for silicone materials. Silicone lube will react to silicone materials and can melt your toy.
ABS plastic, glass, and stainless steel material is relatively easy to maintain. It is compatible with all types of lubricants.
Toys made from Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) are compatible with water and silicone-based lubricants. Keep it away from oils though as it will break down the material.
5. Protection Applies to Toys
Use a condom when using your toy. This is especially recommended if you use the toy in couple play or you share the sex toy. Using a condom will decrease the risk of transmitting bacteria.
6. Know When to Throw the Toy Away
Like they say, all good things must come to an end. Same goes for sex toys. Recognise the signs of wear and tear. Maybe the motor is starting to get too hot. Or the material is starting to chip. Some material can also discolour. When it starts to do any of these things, it might be time to evaluate your toy’s life.