A Beginners Guide to Cleaning and Caring for your Sex Toys

Part 2 – Sex Toy Cleaning Continued

Moving on to electronic toys, now there’s not going to be boiling of any kind with these toys for obvious reasons so generally the route you’ll want to go down for cleaning these toys is the ‘rinse then use a toy cleaner’ one as previously discussed. Although you have to be careful with the whole ‘putting an electronic underwater’ thing because you might end up voiding the warranty or maybe even electrocuting yourself (depending on what kind of toy you’re trying to clean). Just about all of your electronic toys will come with an IPX rating, this indicates the level of waterproofing the toy is equipped with the most popular IPX ratings for toys are as follows; IPX7 is completely submersible in water upto 1 metre deep for a maximum of 30 minutes, going down a level we have IPX6 which is protected against a high pressure water stream from any angle so similar to IPX7 you can very easily wash off after use. Next we have IPX4 which is splashproof, so again fine for rinsing off your toy but be sure to avoid the charging port, IPX0-3 have even less water protection than this and you should read the cleaning instructions very carefully before using the toy for the first time. Although it’s important to note that most toys with an IPX rating lower than IPX4 will have a removable portion that is non-electronic for easier cleaning. Overall, make sure to be following the manufacturers recommended cleaning for any electronic toy, especially those with an IPX rating lower than 6.

INSERTABLE

Now onto something a good bit more complex, masturbators (both electronic and not) will generally require a more intricate cleaning routine than your average vibe (insertable or not) due to both their design as well as the materials used to create that supple realistic skin texture.

Some masturbators are made of a silicone, these are generally electronic and don’t involve any type of sleeve or lifelike material, so you’re able to clean them in an identical manner to a regular vibe.

Any type of masturbator that is or has a very soft non-structured sleeve, such as any Fleshlight, will need to be cleaned very thoroughly to ensure bacteria doesn’t grow. After use, first flush the toy out with some water to remove the excess lube and ejaculate, then remove the sleeve from any casing and flip the sleeve inside out. After doing this, rinse with water once again to remove the remaining lube and ejaculate, once the only liquid on your toy is water, allow to dry (still flipped inside out) until only slightly damp. Next spray a toy cleaner, I recommend using one that is foaming to allow for it to more easily get within all the grooves of the materials texture. After the toy is covered in this wait for it to dry fully (it is essential you don’t start the next step on a toy with any moisture on it). Once completely dry sprinkle refresh powder over the toy (pro tip: these powders are generally 100% corn starch), make sure to cover all surfaces including the entrance then shake so all excess powder is removed, leaving only a thin layer. After this is all done, flip the sleeve back and situate it within its case (if it has one), and then put the unit away for storage.

MASTURBATION SLEEVE 

If the soft sleeve of the toy IS structured, like that of the Svakom Alex and Alex Neo, you won’t be able to flip it for cleaning but the tunnel of the sleeve will generally be a fair amount wider and shorter so cleaning remains fairly similar, minus the flipping obviously. You also have masturbators like those from Tenga, that instead of a removable sleeve you are able to just open for easy cleaning, with these follow the same original steps, minus the removal and flipping of the sleeve.

Now the truly difficult toys to clean are your bigger toys made primarily of a lifelike material such as TPE, a lot of these toys will be life size replicas of portions of the female or male body, such as the pubic or chest areas and you won’t be able to remove a sleeve at all, plus the tunnel and entrance will both be very narrow (stretching only during use) so cleaning these is very hard to get right and very easy to fuck up. As with all toys, washing these before using them is paramount to your intimate hygiene.

Madison is a consultant at the Oh Zone Adult Stores

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