Sex Toy Cleaning and Care Guide

Buying sex toys isn’t always cheap! Ideally, you would want to them to last a long time and remain in brilliant condition for all those nights to come. So, whether it’s a vibrator, dildo, bullet, butt plug or something more complex that you have purchased, it is important that you know how to clean and care for it properly. By following these few simple tips on how to maintain sex toys correctly, you will be getting the absolute most out of your sex toys for the long run.

 

Where Should I Store My Sex Toys?

While this may not seem important, you’d be surprised how much damage it can cause to incorrectly store your sex toys. First, they should always be stored in a cool, dark place to avoid discolouration or melting. Second, we should never be flinging rubber, silicone, and softer touch materials, into a drawer together. By doing this you could damage, deform, or even discolour them- these materials often create a chemical reaction against one another causing melting and other deformities.

Metal and glass sex toys are usually safe, but it is always best to be cautious and store everything carefully. An ideal way to do so would be to keep the original packaging and to store within; if this is no longer an option and if you’re on a budget then placing the toy in a sock- or using socks to divide them- is perfectly harmonious (as long as everything is clean!). You could always invest in some cotton type fabrics or bags (never plastic) to use if you’re feeling fancy.

 
 sex toy storage
 

Have a special, easy-to-access place where you can keep your sex toys, so you’re not having to hunt for them, when you just want to be getting down and dirty! If you’re planning to leave your toys stored for any extended period, make sure batteries are removed to avoid any battery corrosion related incidents.

 

What Lubricant Should I Use?

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It’s vital to know what kind of lubricant you are using with your sex toy. Firstly, you must know what material your sex toy is made of, so you are aware of which lubricants to avoid. For instance, using a silicone or oil-based lube on a rubber or silicone toy could destroy the surface and ruin it.

You will find that all toy descriptions outline what material the toys are made from. So, if you’re ever unsure you could always refer between that, and the following table.

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Silicone Lubricants

girl x silicone lubricant 100ml

Girl X Silicone Lubricant 100ml

ID millennium lubricant silicone based lube

ID millennium lubricant silicone based lube

 

ABS plastic

Metal

Glass

Ceramic

Latex (including condoms)

Silicone

Jelly Rubber

PVC

TPE/TPR

Fleshlights

‘Real Feel Super Skin.’

Water-Based Lubricants

Ultimate lube tingling sensation

ultimate lube tingling sensation

ID glide lubricant water based lube 30ml

Silicone

ABS plastic

Jelly Rubber

TPE/TPR

Fleshlights

'Real Feel Super skin'

Tenga masturbators

PVC

Latex (including condoms)

Metal

Glass

Ceramic

 Water-based lubricants are the safest to use with sex toys <3
  

DO NOT USE any oil-based lubes and oils with sex toys or when using condoms, as they are likely to react and cause tears and deformities to the materials.

How Do I Maintain My Sex Toy?

There is no hassle required to maintain your toys, only: correct cleaning; proper storage; the right type of lube and fresh batteries (if required). Always ensure that you check your toys for any damage, cracks or discolouration. You should replace your toys immediately if you do come across any significant issues.

How To Clean a Sex Toy?

Cleaning your sex toy must be one of the most important aspects when you are a sex toy user. You need to make sure you clean it thoroughly after every use. This prevents the build-up of bacteria and germs, helping you avoid any health issues and damage to your toy. Make sure any anal toys are fully sterilized to avoid infection and to help prolong the toys life span. 

Hot soapy water is perfectly sufficient for the standard cleaning of your sex toys. There is no need to spend money on a specifically made ‘sex toy cleanser’ as they are made from the exact same ingredients as your 99p local home shop soap (make sure to invest in gentle none scented soap as harsher ones can cause irritation in your intimate area).

Please note that waterproof is different to water resistant- water resistant products cannot be submerged in water! You can place waterproof sex toys under a running tap or immerse them in a bowl of water, lathering it up with soap, before rinsing it off thoroughly to inevitably dry. Either airdry your toy or pat it with a clean cloth. Ensure the toy is completely dry before storing it away.

Dishwashers are another safe option for nonporous and nonelectrical toys. If you do this, please don’t put them in a wash with anything that has food residue on it. Do a separate wash for your sex toys and don’t use dishwasher detergent as these tend to be harsher and as previously stated, can cause irritation.

If the toy isn’t waterproof then use a clean wet soapy cloth to thoroughly cleanse it instead, bearing in mind to be careful of any electrical buttons or the battery cap. Always remove batteries beforehand to avoid corrosion and damage. Of course, if you charge your toy via the mains, please avoid getting any water near the charging port.

To sterilize your toys, boiling is a fail-safe method. As long as your toy is: waterproof, non-electrical; made from either glass; metal or 100% silicone, you can pop the kettle on, and soak your sex toy in the boiling water. Always be careful when using the boiling method as products can still be piping hot to the touch when removing to dry.

When using toys made from porous materials (see list below) -on your own or with partners- use a layer of protection for optimal safety and cleanliness. Even when the toy itself is not the conventional shape, it would be worth experimenting with different sized condoms and tying knots to keep it on. Porosity in sex toys means, like skin, they can absorb both natural (bodily) and artificial fluids. So, it’s best to take every precaution.

Porous Materials To Look Out For

 
  • Rubber
  • Latex
  • Jelly
  • PVC
  • TPE/TPR

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I hope this guide helps you stay sweet n safe. Be sexy, have fun and value your wellbeing.

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