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Even if you’ve owned sex toys for a number of years and think that you know all there is to know about cleaning them, there is still a lot to learn about caring for them properly.
The first and most important thing is that it’s important to clean your sex toys after every use. It doesn’t really sound like the most sexy thing to do but it will ensure that your toys last for a longer period of time and it will prevent you developing UTIs or other nasty conditions.
After you’ve cleaned your sex toys you need to think about how you’re going to store them. There’s no point cleaning your toys if you’re just going to store them in a place where they can get dirty all over again. That would completely defeat the purpose and be the equivalent of washing your hands and then going to the toilet.
If you really want to err on the side of caution then you can even clean your sex toys before you use it for the first time.
What sex toy material can you clean?
You can clean any sex toy at all. How you clean the toy will depend on the material that it is made out of. It is best to purchase non porous sex toys such as those made from glass, stainless steel or silicone because they are easy to clean and they do not retain any dirt and grime. Jelly rubber and other plastic toys are the opposite. They retain dirt so even after you’ve cleaned them, some dirt and bacteria may remain. If you’re unsure how to clean your toys then send us a message. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have.
What should I use to clean my toys?
While you can just use soap and water before putting the toy back in a bag or box, you can also clean your toys with sex toy cleaner. If you’re using sex toy cleaner then you should look for a water based cleaner that is alcohol and paragon free. Toy cleaning sprays can be the best option. Before you use them always have a look at what the ingredients are. Knowing what the ingredients are is very important given the toys will be going in your body, your partner’s body or your mouth. It’s vital to know the ingredients in case there are any that you’re allergic to. Bleach for example should never be used on any sex toys that are going near the vulva because the bleach could cause a harmful reaction. Knowing the ingredients will help you determine that the cleaner is suitable for your toys.
Can I put my sex toys in the dishwasher?
Technically there is nothing stopping you putting your toys in the dishwasher but you should always check that the toys are dishwasher safe before you entertain that idea. Experts don’t recommend it though because dishwasher soap can leave residue. That said, you can always run the dishwasher without soap for a few minutes to wash the toys.
How often should I wash my sex toys?
Ideally, you should wash your sex toys between uses, so that means after you use it you should wash it. Genital tissue can be very sensitive and susceptible to yeast infections if the toys are not cleaned, and there is nothing worse than getting a bacterial infection which could take away your sexual enjoyment for days or weeks.