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How to Care & Clean Your Sex Toys
There are so many different materials that are being used in today’s toys that it can be hard to keep track of which ones are which. Fortunately, all of our products can be cleaned with nothing more than soap and hot water. You can use any kind of soap, although liquid dishwashing soap is a popular choice. Wash your toy for 15 seconds and then rinse it off. Let it totally air dry before putting it away since any moisture remaining on the surface can attract mold and mildew.
Almost all of our products can be covered with a condom in order to make sure that the surface is clean. The Premium Condom is a popular choice because of their low cost and although many people find that the latex is too thick for sex, possibly reducing sensation, your toy doesn’t care.
If more than one person is using a toy, be sure to clean it in between or change the condom. And if your toy vibrates and isn’t waterproof, be careful to avoid getting water inside the casing. We carry a large selection of waterproof toys.
A note about antibacterial soap -- the antibacterial ingredient (usually triclosan or, less commonly, triclocarbon) needs to be left on a surface for about two minutes in order to do the job. If you use antibacterial soap, be sure to let it sit before rinsing it away, or you might as well use any non-antibacterial soap instead, such as our Renew Toy Cleanser. And be extra-careful to rinse it off thoroughly before using the toy again.
While all of our toys can be washed this way, there are some differences among them. With a little know-how, you’ll be sure to get the most out of your toys. Some toys are non-porous, which makes them easier to keep clean. Porous toys should be covered with a condom if they’re used by more than one person, for anal play, or by women sensitive to yeast infections.
Silicone and IntraMed
Some of these toys have vibrators in them. If you can take the vibe out, you can boil the silicone, but don’t boil your toy if the vibe can’t come out. Even if the toy is waterproof, the vibrator isn’t heat-proof.
Soft Plastic & Jelly Rubber
Plastic toys often have labels such as TPR, ABE or TPE. However, the care and cleaning is the same for all of them.
Rigid Materials (Glass, Metal, Ceramic, Wood, Hard Plastic)
Our wood toys are sealed just like wooden bowls and cutting boards, so you can drop them in the sink and wash with a soft sponge.
Glass toys are either borosilicate glass, like glass bakeware, or sodalime glass, like windows and jars. In either case, you can simply wash with soap and water.
Borosilicate glass can be put in boiling water. Glass toys are very durable and resist breakage. However, if your toy is dropped on a hard surface, it can develop small cracks that could lead to breakage due to pressure or changes in temperature. We recommend discontinuing use if your glass toy drops or hits a hard surface.
If you’re planning on using a harness with more than one person, you may want to take a look at our machine-washable nylon harnesses.
A note about antibacterial soap -- the antibacterial ingredient (usually triclosan or, less commonly, triclocarbon) needs to be left on a surface for about two minutes in order to do the job. If you use antibacterial soap, be sure to let it sit before rinsing it away, or you might as well use any non-antibacterial soap instead. And be extra-careful to rinse it off thoroughly before using the toy again.
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