As much as we love having dirty fun in the bedroom it is very important to keep your toys clean. Not only will your toys last longer but it will prevent the spread of STD's and other nasty bacteria. Whenever you purchase a new sex toy you should give it a thorough inspection to ensure there are no tears, rips, cracks or breaks in the material. Any type of damage could lead to bacteria being trapped within the surface.

 

Silicone is non-porous and easy to clean. Never use a silicone based lube with your silicone toy, it will cause it to disintegrate.
Cleaning: Run it through the dishwasher, boil it for 3-5 minutes to sterilize or wash with toy cleaner and warm water.
 

Jellies are made out of a translucent, soft and flexible material.
Cleaning: The majority of these are non-porous and can be cleaned with toy cleaner or mild soap and hot water. Caution should still be taken to rinse them thoroughly and remove all soapy residue before re-use or storing. Unfortunately Jellies cannot be sterilized like Silicone.
 

Rubber dildos are firm, heavy but still flexible. Rubber dildos are porous and usually require more care when cleaning compared to other toys. It is very important to only use water or silicone based lubricants on latex. Oil-based lubes will cause latex toys to disintegrate. Unfortunately Rubber cannot be sterilized like Silicone.
Cleaning: It is safest to use condoms when playing with rubber dildos however can be cleaned with toy cleaner and hot water. Caution should be taken to rinse them thoroughly and remove all soapy residue before re-use or storing.

Cyberskin (also known as UR3, Soft Touch, Neoskin, UltraSkin or Futurotic) is a skin-like material which is soft and supple. Cyberskin is often use in male masturbators, pocket pussies, penis sleeves and cock rings.
Cleaning: Always wash with hot water or disinfect with an alcohol cloth. It is important to avoid soap and harsh detergents as Cyberskin is a porous material. To maintain its silky feel it is recommended to sprinkle your cyberskin product with talcum powder. Unfortunately Cyberskin cannot be sterilized like Silicone. Rejuvination kits are available from several sex toy manufacturers.
 

Vinyl toys come in many different forms and colors and are considered to be quite an old material and method when it comes to sex toy designs. 
Cleaning: Vinyl is semi-porous and should be cleaned with toy cleaner and warm water. Unfortunately Vinyl cannot be sterilized like Silicone. Do not use if allergic to latex.
 

Glass toys are generally made from Pyrex and won't shatter when dropped. Glass toys are non-porous and retain temperature very well which mean you can heat them up or cool them before use.
Cleaning: Run it through the dishwasher, boil it for 3-5 minutes to sterilize or wash with toy cleaner and warm water.

 

Apart from cleaning your toys there are a few general rules on caring for them.

  1. Store your toys separately to avoid melting and discolouration.
  2. Never leave batteries in your toy. Store them seperately and this will prevent the batteries from leaking into your device!
  3. Some toys say water resistant but you should never fully immerse them in water unless you know it is completely waterproof.
  4. Keep your toys out of direct sunlight to avoid discolouration and drying out. Store them in a cool, dark place!

 

 

Most of all, always remember to clean your sex toys when sharing with multiple partners or different orifices - before and after every use!

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