The right sex toy can change your life, be it a prostate massager, vibrator or penis ring. Sex toys spice up your sex life, whether you use it alone or with a partner. For example, a prostate massager induces more pleasure and triggers more intense orgasms than your fingers.
Once you get a sex toy that meets your needs, you want to use it in the safest way, and you also want it to serve you for as long as possible. For these reasons, you need to clean your sex toys properly. Good sex toy hygiene prevents accidental infections and the spread of STIs.
Here are six tips for cleaning your sex toys to make them safe for use.
1. Find Out What Materials Were Used to Make Your Sex Toys
The materials that make up your sex toy determine the appropriate way to clean them. Silicone sex toys are the easiest to clean because they are non-porous, soft and non-inflammatory to sensitive skin. The manual or packaging label of your sex toy should indicate the materials used to make it. If you no longer have the manual and label, you can check the manufacturer's or seller's website to find out what materials were used.
Keep in mind that many sex toys, especially those manufactured using jelly rubber, may contain toxic materials such as phthalates. Moreover, some sex toy manufacturers use Cyberskin, a material that mimics the appearance, elasticity and texture of human skin. Also known as ultraskin or softskin, this material is highly porous and hard to clean. It is impossible to completely sanitize sex toys made from hard plastics, jelly rubber and Cyberskin. So, avoid sharing sex toys. If you must, cover them with a condom before use.
2. Use the Right Amount and Type of Soap
You don't need to see a lot of suds or use strong soap to properly clean your sex toy. In fact, using extremely strong soap or excessive soap to wash your sex toys can damage them if they are made from soft materials such as Cyberskin. Any soap used should also be unscented. Scented soaps contain chemicals that can irritate vaginal tissue and cause infections. This is especially the case if you're using sex toys made from porous materials.
Consider using wipes and cleaning sprays specially made for sex toys because their formulation prevents irritation or damage. Investing in the proper maintenance of your sex toys ensures that you have fun with them for the longest possible time.
3. Not All Sex Toys Are Safe to Clean by Submerging Them
Never submerge motorized sex toys. These battery-powered sex toys can be a lot of fun because they produce powerful vibrations thanks to an electrical motor. Like other electronics, though, motorized sex toys are susceptible to damage when exposed to water. So, use a damp cloth and mild soap to clean these toys.
The only sex toys you can safely clean by submerging are ones made from durable materials. These are long-lasting materials such as silicone and stainless steel. To get the best results, soak these toys in boiling water for a few minutes.
5. Dry Off Your Sex Toys With Clean Towels or Cloths
In case it's not obvious, make sure you use clean towels or cloths to dry off your sex toys. A dirty bath towel contains bacteria that can transfer onto the sex toys and cause infections when you use them. Store the sex toys only after they are completely dry to avoid the growth of mildew or mold, which can damage the sex toys and cause severe infection if it makes contact with your skin or internal body tissues.
6. Wash You Sex Toys Before and After You Use Them
As inconvenient as it may seem, clean your sex toys before and after use for maximum safety. Avoid using the same sex toy for anal, vaginal and oral sex play because doing so transfers bacteria from one orifice to another and exposes you to potential infections. If you need to have a session that involves multiple orifices, you can have separate toys for each. That way, you don't have to clean a toy mid-session.