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The Care and Upkeep of Sex Toys

August 18, 2016 2 min read

Sex toys can heighten sexual pleasure. They comes in a variety of vibrations, contours, materials and textures. The shelf life of your toy can differ given these variations.

A good sex toy is a clean sex toy. Maintenance is vital, not only for your health and internal hygiene but also so they last and remain in good condition. 

Cleaning is important, as well as motor care. With simple planning, understanding and execution you can have a healthy compliment of toys which are well-maintained.

When using your sex toys, clean them before and after each use. You don’t want to put dust and other things inside of your body, so cleaning beforehand is highly recommended. Keep them in a plastic or silk bag when not in use. 

Of course, cleaning after use is important. 

The type of cleaner is important. If you wouldn’t put it inside of you, don’t use it. No bleach, no heavy-duty cleaners. It’s best to use specialized cleaning products, which can sanitize toys, because they contain antibacterial ingredients that eliminate mold, mildew, microbes, and fungus. These not only deal with the biological issues, but the sludge formed by lubricants.
Read the packaging carefully to determine what kinds of materials the toy contains, often a manufacturer will include cleaning instructions.

Glass, hard plastic, stainless steel and silicone are hard, nonporous surfaces and they are easier to clean with just a quick wipe of some antibacterial soap and water. They don’t allow bacteria to penetrate and lodge in their surfaces. They can be sanitized in the dishwasher as long as they aren’t motorized.
Leather, rubber and vinyl toys can be damaged by soaps and they need special care to safeguard they are hygienic. They can’t be boiled or put into the dishwasher. If you are lacking a proper cleanser, you can use a condom. When used by yourself, it is permissible, to use hot water, but thoroughly dry them and then powder them with corn starch until you can clean them properly. Never use rubbing alcohol.

A caution if you are unsure of how porous the toy is, and you have multiple partners, because disease, infections, and bacteria can be passed.

Sex toys that contain mechanical parts should never be submerged. In fact, remove the batteries before cleaning and storing. Store them in a cool, dark, dry place.

With proper cleaning, storing and maintenance you can have many years of pleasure and fun.


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