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How To Clean Your Sex Toys

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During this season of giving, some couples buy their very first sex toy to try something new with each other. But finding the right products can be daunting enough with all the choices out there, so understanding how to make your toys and joys last longer is something no couple can afford to overlook.

They call it “getting dirty” for a reason. Sex with your spouse may be a pure thing, but the if done sexy and right, the aftermath can be pretty messy. So, if you’re going to use sex toys in the bedroom, at least know how to clean them up when you get done.

The Importance of Sex Toy Cleanliness 

You might assume that sex toy cleanliness is just an option but it’s actually essential. In fact, some manufacturers won’t even honor the warranty if it’s obvious that you haven’t maintained their product properly. To get the most mileage out of your marital aids, you’ve got to understand the significance of intimate hygiene.

It’s one thing to keep yourself fresh but it’s another to preserve your toy box. Pleasure products are notorious for causing avoidable injuries, so consider these 5 facts before putting your playthings away:

  1. Body fluids leave a residue behind.

    That residue then dries to become a crust on the exposed surfaces of your favorite device.

  2. Dirty surfaces can cause an infection.

    The prevalence of neglected bacteria could lead to uncomfortable or embarrassing situations.

  3. Grime can break down some sex toy materials.

    Depending on what your stuff is made out of, certain substances can actually destroy its integrity.

  4. Debris might make your lube feel funny.

    After all, it’s impossible for a lubricant to stick to a surface when it’s teaming with bacteria and dust.

  5. Unclean toys can produce a foul odor.

    Body fluids are organic, which means they eventually decay and cause an unpleasant smell.

There’s already a taboo on using sex toys, even when you’re happily married. So, don’t make things worse by having a bad experience. Keep your toys clean and nobody gets hurt.

How to Clean Your Sex Toys in 5 Easy Steps  

The good news is that cleaning your sex toys isn’t that hard. Sure, it takes commitment and attention to detail, plus it requires time and patience too. But the amount of care you invest will return three-fold when you do it right. Here are the 5 steps you need to take:

  1. Read the owner’s manual.

    That’s because all toys are different, so they won’t all require the same maintenance steps. There might also be a few special tasks to keep your device in check. So, always mind the manufacturer’s instructions before anything else.

  2. Rinse it with warm tap water.

    This step helps remove any large debris or accumulated dust from the surface of your toy. However, it’s not enough to prevent a bacterial growth so don’t stop yet. Also, make sure the water source is fresh.

  3. Use a specialized sex toy cleaning solution.

    Always read the label to make sure it’s compatible with your device’s delicate materials. If so, apply the solution generously to all the exposed nooks and crannies, then wipe it off or let it dry (as per the instructions).

  4. Let it dry completely.

    Don’t put away your toys until all the moisture is evaporated. This step will help prevent bacterial colonies from making a home on your most private possessions. Plus, it allows you to examine your device for any new flaws or damages.

  5. Apply renewal powder.

    Most high-end sex toys require special care steps for their rubber, silicone, or polycarbonate components. But even if yours doesn’t, it’s a good idea to protect the materials from environmental pollutants by using it anyway.

Truth be told, you can buy the best toys in the biz and still get bit because you didn’t wash it properly. Cleaning your sex toys like a pro is easier than learning how to use them sometimes. Both require you to take a proactive approach to your enjoyment, but only cleanliness keeps the party jumping.

Pro Tips for Proper Sex Toy Cleaning

Simply rinsing your delicious devices with warm water or dousing them with sex toy cleaner isn’t enough to ensure long-term enjoyment. Believe it or not, there’s a right way and wrong way to proceed after you clean things up.

Rule number one: always store your stuff in a clean, dry area that’s away from direct sunlight and extremely hot or cold temperatures. Also, be sure to wash the surface of your toys both before and after you use them. Don’t assume that a previous bath prevented environmental pollutants from attacking the surface in between sessions.

FUN FACT: Storage space air quality can affect the performance of your electronic toys.

The Dos and Don'ts of Cleaning a Sex Toy

While it’s always crucial to follow manufacturer’s instructions, some information about sex toy maintenance may be left out of casual conversation. Here’s what you need to know before considering yourself a pro:

  1. Water and electricity don’t mix.

    . If your toy can be washed with something other than a solution, be sure to disassemble it before exposing it to moisture. Then, let all the pieces dry separately before putting it back together.

  2. Abrasives are a no-no.

    In fact, any scraping of a toy’s surface makes it more dangerous to use and more difficult to clean. Plus, deep scratches could prevent some devices from working altogether.

  3. High traffic areas are bad for storage.

    When your toys are kept in busy zones of your home, they’re more likely to get exposed to dirt, dust, and environmental debris. Also, they’re easier to find and that’s never a good thing.

  4. Your warranties eventually expire.

    So, make sure you register any product guarantees within 30 days of the purchase date. That way, if anything goes wrong, you can have the device repaired or replaced at no extra cost.

  5. Special steps are needed for certain types of sex.

    For example, if you tinker with prostate play, you must disinfect the device before using it vaginally.

This may seem like a lot of information but it’s really quite simple. You just wash your sex toys before and after each use, apply high-quality products to remove bacteria, and then let them dry in ventilated air before putting them into storage until the next time. That way, you can get as dirty as you want while still staying clean.

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