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.

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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

A Beginners Guide to Cleaning and Caring for your Sex Toys Part 1

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Whether you’ve just purchased your first ever sex toy or your 100th, knowing how to care for these products is paramount to not only their longevity, but also your intimate health. Make sure to clean your toy thoroughly at least once before using it for the first time.

First and foremost, you’re going to need to determine the material of your toy, considering the large array of options when it comes to this, I’ll narrow it down a bit for you. Sex toys generally fall into one of two categories: soft or hard. By this I’m not referencing the flexibility of your toy, soft toys are generally made of; silicone, TPE, TPR, rubber or some type of hybrid material such as silaskin or super-skin, all of which are flexible on their own but many act as a barrier between you and the motor/internal hardware of the toy. While, in contrast, hard toys are made of materials such as; glass, ceramic, wood, steel (stainless or surgical) or a hard plastic such as ABS, hard toys are a lot less likely to absorb any bacteria and are generally easier to clean, most soft toys will also have a handle made of a hard plastic for increased usability, such as Fun Factory’s entire range.

There are also several other aspects to consider when it comes to cleaning and caring for your sex toys, are they electronic in any way? If yes, are they battery powered, rechargeable or plug in? What’s the intended purpose of your toy? Is it made specifically for anal use? Or perhaps it’s not meant to be inserted at all. Overall, there are a multitude of defining factors that influence what we can and cannot do with our toys, especially when it comes to something as rudimentary as cleaning and storing.

Cleaning

First things first, PLEASE DON’T PUT YOUR TOYS IN THE DISHWASHER, I understand why you’d think that to be a good idea but not only is that where you wash dishes, cutlery and other food related items, it will actually melt or severely compromise the structural integrity of most toys.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let’s begin with non-electronic toys, these products can be made from any soft or hard material, or a combination of both, the main defining factor is of course that they have no electronic or mechanical components. It’s important to note that most poseable and thermoreactive toys will fall into this category. Let’s start with the easiest materials to maintain; steel, ceramic and glass, these toys are both hypoallergenic and non-porous so bacteria is completely unable to penetrate the toy on any level. Because of their extremely high melting point, you’re able to boil toys made solely of this material to completely remove any bacteria, but if you’d prefer to keep your toys out of the kitchen you can also use an antibacterial toy cleaning spray or foaming wash, but make sure to rinse off your toy completely before using these. They are designed to sanitise your toys as well as be both toy and body safe, I cannot emphasize enough that you shouldn’t be using any type of household cleaner on your toys, so please be sure to pick up a toy cleaner and not use Dettol wipes or any type of spray ‘n’ wipe.

After the aforementioned toys, silicone is the most hygienic, and a medical grade silicone is the golden standard when it comes to soft toys. Any toy made of 100% medical grade silicone that is non-electronic, can also be boiled for up to 2 minutes (similar to a menstrual cup), although you’ll find that many lower quality toys will say they’re made out of silicone, be sure to check it’s 100% silicone before purchasing and medical grade before boiling. For lower grade silicone, toys made of a hard plastic and any other soft material toy DO NOT BOIL, the best way to clean these toys is by using an antibacterial toy cleaner (either spray or foaming), after rinsing. Surprisingly enough wooden toys aren’t in a whole different ball park when it comes to cleaning, these products are generally handcrafted and given a medical grade polymer coating or some type of other varnish to ensure the wood won’t absorb any moisture or bacteria. And because of this coating, we can clean them the same way we clean our hard plastic toys.

Part Two Sex toy Cleaning

Madison is a consultant at the Oh Zone Adult Stores.

Keep Your Sex Toys Body Safe!

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As the time goes by, peoples relationships become more of a routine and they don’t try to include new ideas like sex toys to enhance their sex life. They do not focus on being intimate or having sex anymore because things have become mundane and stale. Sadly some people will feel all is lost and it may even lead  to divorce or going on their separate ways rather than trying to find solutions. Today the Internet is a prime way to find out information on how to fix most problems concerning life, love and sex.

Incorporating sex toys into your relationship may awaken the sensuality and closeness a couple has been desiring and missing but before you make the plunge  pause for a moment to think about what adult toy is exactly right for you.

Man Shining Glass

Sex toys by and large are designed and made for safe sex, however you must keep it clean and hygienic before and after each use to ensure that they remain that way.  Using unclean sex toys can cause STD’s and STI’s and no-one in their right mind would want that.  Remember when you are using them natural liquids including semen, vaginal liquids and blood may be on the surfaces of your toys.  So the message is safe is squeaky clean,

Things to keep in mind

  • Before using the toy, check for any imperfections, including rough edges, tears, or cracks.
  • Using lubrication is a great way to help enhance the pleasure and safety of sex toys. Ensure the lubricant befits the toy,  follow the instructions that come with the toy.
  • If sharing, such dildos, butt plugs, or vibrators, use condoms and dental dams to help prevent the spread of STIs.
  • Don’t insert the sex toy in the mouth or vagina if it has been used in the anus without a condom or without being washed properly.
  • If it hurts, stop. It means you are using it wrong. If you are using toys with a sexual partner, trust each other.

What’s the best way to clean adult toys?

  • Always clean your sex toys thoroughly before and thoroughly after use.
  • Never use your sex toys from anus to vaginal or penis area without being thoroughly cleaned.
  • Sharing isn’t always good. If you have changed sexual partners it is also a good idea to change sex toys. Some sexual toys such as glass dildos can be shared once sterilized.
  • Wash glass sex toys with soap and water. Pyrex toys are dishwasher safe. Do not expose glass to extreme temperatures.
  • If attached to an electrical device, use warm soapy water, being careful not to submerge any electrical components. If there are no electrical components you have 3 options: Boil or soak in a bleach-water solution 50:50 ratio for 10 minutes, or place it in the dishwasher.
  • Clean your sex toys with anti-bacterial soap and water.
  • Rubber materials are porous and difficult to clean. In addition, their composition is not always known or may contain phthalates, chemicals which have been shown to be harmful to your health.
  • Cyberskin is soft and porous, often used for dildos. Wash Cyberskin and vinyl toys delicately with warm water only. Air dry and powder a small amount with cornstarch to keep them from getting sticky.
  • Nylon harnesses and toys can be machine or hand washed with a mild anti-bacterial soap.
  • Wipe leather products with a damp, soapy cloth or with leather cleaner. Do not soak leather. After cleaning, you may recondition your toy using a leather conditioner. Protect metal parts from tarnish by applying a coating of clear nail polish.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific sex toy.

Once you have chosen your sex toy ensure there’s no splits that could harm fragile tissue or harbor microbes or noticeable stains. If something appears to be off, you’ll know, and I would suggest that you ask for a replacement. Turn it on and ensure the batteries are working, recharge or replace the batteries before use.

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