Sex toys are awesome and almost a must and an excellent addition to your sex life, both solo and with a partner. But sex toys can also become a lot less awesome if you don’t care for them properly.
Not washing your toy, using the wrong lube, or storing it incorrectly can all lead to all kind of problems, A sex toy that comes in contact with the vulva, vagina, or anus needs to be as clear as possible of bacteria, viruses, and fungus. Let’s face it, penises, fingers, and tongues are not sterile, but most of us prefer them recently washed.
Some practices can increase your risk of spreading germs. Here are some major keys to remember about cleaning and caring for your favorite sex toys:
- DON’T share porous toys with partners or strangers
- DO wash your toys in between uses
- DO replace toys that have begun to degrade
- DON’T use toys interchangeably between the vagina and anus unless you…
- DO cover sex toys with a condom or thoroughly clean toys between orifices
Sex Toy Materials:
Not all toy materials are created equal in the grand scheme of things. Most sex toy materials can be broken into two basic categories: porous and nonporous.
Porous toys are made of jelly, rubber, TPE or TPR although they may come in many different colors, textures, and firmnesses. No matter what you call it, the base component is usually rubber, like the material used in latex rubber condoms.
Toys made of a porous material have small pores which will absorb fluids and bacteria. Porous materials can harbor germs, which is why cleanliness is vital.
Porous toys are also known for sometimes containing phthalates, though the industry is making large strides in moving away from these potentially harmful chemicals. When rubber toys do contain phthalates, they will begin to break down over time and produce an oily sheen that can cause a rash for some sensitive individuals.
Porous toys should not be shared without covering with a condom or toy cot to prolong the life of rubber toys, but they won’t last forever and are often priced with disposability in mind.
Washing porous toys in a good quality soap or toy cleaner will ease your mind and keep the surface as clean as possible. If you are reasonably healthy and not prone to either yeast or bacterial overgrowth, a simple washing before and after use should be sufficient.
Rubber toys should not be boiled or bleached, but some can be rinsed in the top rack of a dishwasher without detergent.
Nonporous toy materials include silicone, glass, stainless steel, treated stone, ceramic, and treated wood. They are much easier to clean than porous materials. Nonporous materials do not allow bacteria, viruses, and fungi to penetrate the surface of toys, and the materials do not break down over time.
Nonporous toys can be cleaned in a variety of ways depending on your personal preference. Almost any nonporous dildo can be washed with a good soap, boiled for 10 minutes, wiped down with a 10% bleach and water solution, or washed in the top rack of the dishwasher without abrasive detergent.
Leather harnesses and whips are popular intimate accessories, but how do you clean them? You definitely can’t throw leather in the washing machine, but there is a very easy way to clean personal fluids off of leather, the secret to cleaning your leather goods is saddle soap, which can be found wherever shoe polish is sold. In between cleanings you can also wipe leather down with an alcohol or vinegar solution.
Unless they are marked as waterproof or submersible, motorized toys should not be placed in water. Flooding the motor could completely ruin the toy, so to be safe, wipe the toy using a clean dampened cloth with a small amount of mild soap, toy cleaner, or alcohol. Next, wipe the toy with water to remove any soap residue, and let dry thoroughly before storing.
Silk Restraints and Blindfolds
Silk is a beautiful and strong (yet sensitive), fabric, which is why many people prefer to send their silks to the dry cleaner. If you’d prefer to keep your silky things private, pick up a detergent designed for delicate and hand wash in lukewarm water. To dry, lay the item on a towel and roll it up to absorb water; next, unroll the towel and allow your delicate to air dry flat. Like washing other unmentionables.
A good commercial toy cleaner is a viable option for cleaning any toy regardless of the materials used to make the toy, but be sure that you rinse the toy thoroughly. You don’t want antibacterial or anti-fungal cleaners near your business as it can disrupt your natural balance no matter your gender.
Some toy cleaner ingredients can irritate sensitive tissues. These types of spray-on and rinse-off cleaners are very effective when you keep this in mind.
A good tool for cleaning textured toys is a brand new soft bristle toothbrush or a fingernail brush. After cleaning your toy wash the brush with good soap and hot water. A stiffer brush can be good to get in the crevices of harder toys, but if your toy has a soft finish this can lead to scratching the surface creating a happy place for bacteria and germs so proceed with caution.
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