Properly cleaning your sex toys is crucial to ensure your health and safety. In addition to preventing bacterial infections and the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), thorough cleaning helps remove any residual sperm, reducing the risk of unintended pregnancies. While this guide provides a general overview of cleaning different types of toys, always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for specific care. Let's explore some essential tips for cleaning various materials commonly used in sex toys.
Basic Toy Care:
Before cleaning, remove any batteries, and avoid submerging electrical components in water. For electric toys, use a damp, soapy washcloth, preferably with an anti-bacterial soap. Store your toys in a container or pouch to keep them clean and store them in a cool, dry place.
Cleaning Non-Porous Materials:
Glass: Wash glass toys with soap and water. Pyrex toys can be safely cleaned in a dishwasher, but avoid exposing glass to extreme temperatures.
Stainless Steel: For toys with electrical components, use warm soapy water, taking care not to submerge any electrical parts. If there are no electrical components, you have three options: boil or soak in a 10% bleach-water solution for 10 minutes or clean in the dishwasher.
Hard Plastic: Clean hard plastic toys with anti-bacterial soap and water, but refrain from boiling them.
Silicone: Silicone toys can be cleaned by boiling them for 5-10 minutes, placing them in the dishwasher (top rack), or washing them with anti-bacterial soap and warm water. Avoid boiling silicone vibrators to protect the vibrator mechanism.
Cleaning Porous Materials:
Rubber: Due to their porous nature, rubber toys can be challenging to clean, and their composition may contain harmful chemicals. It is recommended to use condoms with these toys for added protection.
Cyberskin and Vinyl: Wash cyberskin and vinyl toys delicately with warm water only. Afterward, allow them to air dry and lightly powder them with cornstarch to prevent stickiness.
Nylon: Nylon harnesses and toys can be either machine or hand washed using a mild anti-bacterial soap.
Leather: Wipe leather products with a damp, soapy cloth or use leather cleaner. Avoid soaking leather and consider reconditioning the toy with a leather conditioner. To protect metal parts from tarnishing, apply a thin coat of clear nail polish.
Maintaining clean sex toys is vital for your sexual health and well-being. By following these guidelines and the manufacturer's instructions, you can ensure that your toys are free from harmful bacteria and reduce the risk of STIs. If cleaning a particular toy seems too time-consuming or unrealistic, consider purchasing a different toy that better suits your needs. Remember, a little extra effort in cleaning goes a long way in maintaining both pleasure and safety.