Caring for your toys is easy if you know the basics. If you don’t want to bother with cleaning, cover your toy with a condom before each use. If you want to experience the texture of your toy without a condom*, clean it carefully following the tips below.
Basic Toy Cleaning Tips
Most toys can be cleaned with a mild soap and water or sex toy cleaner that can be purchased at the toy store.
Stay away from strong detergents as they will breakdown the material of many dildos.
Rinse waterproof toys with hot water.
Dab your toy with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect it; be sure it dries thoroughly before using.
Do not submerge your electric vibrator in water.
If your toy is not waterproof, give your toy a “sponge bath” with a soapy wet cloth.
Dry thoroughly. Most germs cannot live on a dry surface.
It is the best to wash your toy directly before and after use.
Different Care for Different Toys
As a general rule, porous material can be nicked more easily allowing bacteria and viruses to settle into the nicks.
Silicone: Vastly superior to rubber or vinyl dildos, silicone warms up quickly, retains body heat, is non-porous and is easy to clean. Avoid small nicks and tears to your silicone toy as silicone will break fairly easily once damaged.
Run your toy through the dishwasher or boil it in a pan of water on the stovetop for 3-5 minutes to clean.
Jellies: Pretty, flexible and inexpensive, these dildos are made of beautiful jelly-like material (non-porous rubber). They are translucent, soft, flexible and look like they have air bubbles.
Clean with a mild soap and hot water.
Rubber: Solid, flexible and often heavy, rubber dildos are porous and tend to be more difficult to clean.
*Rubber dildos should always be used with condoms. Clean with mild soap and hot water.
Cyberskin: Soft, supple, looks and feels remarkably like skin.
Rinse with hot water. Disinfect by putting alcohol onto a cloth and rubbing lightly. Avoid soap or harsh detergents. To keep the silky feel, sprinkle with cornstarch.
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