So you’ve invested in some sex toys, and now you’re wondering how to preserve them in order to enjoy a long, fruitful life together. Well, I’ve got news for you! Proper wash care is paramount to keeping your toys safe, long-lasting, and (on special occasions) suitable for sharing with others.
Below, I’ve detailed all the tips and tricks you’ll ever need to effectively clean your sex toys. Let’s get started!
When Should I Wash My Sex Toys?
Before I tell you how to clean them, let’s talk about when you should do it.
- When It Arrives: I always recommend washing any sex toy you purchase as soon as you unbox it. Even if you’re not going to use it right away, it’s good practice to give your toys a thorough once-over wash to rid them of any bacteria or dust they may have picked up in transit.
- Before Playtime: Clean your toys before getting down to business. You might be thinking, “But I washed them when they arrived and haven’t used them since!” Doesn’t matter. Your toys can collect dust, pet dander, and any other bacteria that might be hanging out in your bedside table.
- After Playtime: No need to wash your toys the moment you’re done cumming; please feel free to bask in the afterglow for a bit. But when you’re ready, grab your toys and give them a complete clean. Whether you’re playing solo or with partners, it is very important to sanitize your toys after every use. Otherwise, you risk all kinds of bacterial buildup that can degrade your toys, disrupt your pH balance, irritate your skin, or even spread STIs.
How Should I Wash My Sex Toys?
Okay, here comes the (slightly) tricky part. The way you clean your sex toys totally depends on what materials you’re working with, so there isn’t one all-encompassing maintenance rule that works for every pleasure product. But don’t worry — I’ve laid it all out for you below.
Now, this list doesn’t include the full roster of toy materials out there… but it does include the safest, most popular ones. Each one is non-porous, which essentially means that it doesn’t have tiny nooks and crannies for bacteria to hide out in. Not only does this keep your body safer, but it makes the whole sanitization process easier and more thorough!
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How Should I Store My Sex Toys?
Once you’ve given your toys a good clean, it’s time to store them in a safe spot. Otherwise, you might just be inviting bacteria into your freshly washed sex-essories (yes, that’s a combo of sex & accessories). So let’s talk proper storage.
When Can I Share My Sex Toys?
Yes, you can totally share sex toys. However, there are some very important guidelines to follow to share as safely and ethically as possible.
When Should I Retire My Sex Toys?
In general, sex toys aren’t designed to last a lifetime, though proper maintenance can dramatically extend their shelf life. We at Delicto recommend inspecting your toys every 6 months or so. If you see any cracks, chips, scratches, or anything else that could make your toy porous, it’s time to recycle that bad boy. Additionally, if you notice that your motorized toy loses battery power faster than it once did, it’s probably on its way out.
It may seem obvious, but the durability of the materials is directly linked to your toy’s lifespan. Stainless steel, platinum-cured silicone, and medical-grade materials tend to last longer than plastic and latex but, again, every toy is different! To get a preliminary sense of your toy’s durability, take a look at the Manufacturer's warranty. A generous warranty is usually a good indicator of quality.
Well, now you know how to keep all your sex toys clean. So go forth and play safely! But before you do that, be sure to follow us on Instagram and TikTok for more reviews, tutorials, and sex education, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a personal recommendation!