Sex toys have become extremely popular and are used by many men and women alike. The industry has blossomed in the past years and sex toys now come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials.
Some are motorized with various movements from vibration to rotation while some are non-motorized. Popular toys include the G Spot Rabbit Vibrator, Fleshlight, Butt Plugs, Magic Wand, MONA 2, HUGO, njoy Pure Wand and Pure Plug.
Keeping you Sex Toys Clean.
Keeping your sex toys clean is essential to prevent nasty infections or skin reactions happening in areas where the sex toys come into contact with. If someone else has used your sex toys, maintaining proper hygiene will also protect you from possibly contracting an STD.
Sharing sex toys can potentially transmit gonorrhoea, chlamydia, MCV (Molluscum Contagiosum Virus) or even HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). I once saw a patient who was extremely worried because she found out that her domestic helper has been secretly using her sex toy. As she should be because of the risk of transmitting an infection.
Of course, STDs are not the only infections that using an unclean sex toy can cause. Sex toys can be the source of skin bacterial infections like impetigo (caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus) and infection with fungus and viruses.
Aside from infections, other particles and chemicals can stick onto sex toys especially those made from porous or sticky material. These chemicals can cause skin irritation or even an allergic reaction. Small particles can abrade the skin and even the mucosa of the vagina or anus.
So keeping your sex toys clean and maintaining good hygiene will ensure that you can enjoy the use of your sex toys without having to suffer any medical consequences. Also, maintaining proper cleanliness of the sex toys can extend their lifespan making your sometimes substantial investment go a long way.
Always clean your sex toys immediately after use. Allowing it to dry out with body fluids on them make them much harder to clean.
As far as possible, allow your sex toys to air dry after cleaning. Wiping them dry can cause lint or other particles to stick onto the sex toys. If you do this, just make sure you rinse off the toy with warm water before use. Or you can wipe them down with a paper towel which is less likely to leave lint behind.
After drying, store the sex toys away immediately in a silk bag. This reduces the chance of dust or other particles coming to stick onto the surface or of it coming into contact with another dirty object and contaminating it again.
Do not use harsh cleaning chemicals to clean your sex toys. This can not only damage the material of the sex toy, but the harsh soap chemicals may also stay on the toy and cause you irritation or even an allergic reaction the next time you use it.
Do not soak battery powered or motorized sex toys. Unless the manufacturer of your toy certifies it waterproof if not soaking a battery-powered sex toy can damage it or worse, cause you to suffer a very unpleasant shock.
Do not use your dishwasher to clean your sex toys. The heat in the dishwater can damage the material of the toy. And of course, for battery-powered toys, it can be permanently damaged.
Wherever possible, cover your sex toy with a condom before use. This really ensures your own hygiene and makes cleaning up much easier.
Always read the cleaning instructions that come with the sex toy carefully.
If you experience any pain or discharge after using a sex toy, please see your Doctor.
How to clean Sex Toys of Various materials?
Leather toys can be wiped down with a bar of mild soap and water. You can also use a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution to clean these toys. 70% isopropyl alcohol can be easily obtained from any pharmacy. Do not use anti-bacterial or perfumed soaps as it can leave a residue and irritate your genitals the next time you use it.
Silicone, Pyrex, Stainless Steel
For motorized toys, wipe it down with a bar of mild soap and water. For non-motorized toys, you can ensure a better clean by placing the toy in boiling water for ten minutes.
Again you can clean it with a block of mild soap and water. Avoid too much scrubbing and soap foam as this can damage the material which is quite sensitive.
This is a porous material that can trap bacteria and make it almost impossible to clean thoroughly. For this reason, many shops do not stock sex toys made of jelly rubber anymore. If you do want to use such toys, it is best to use them with a condom.
Special wipes and sprays
Wipes and sprays developed specifically for cleaning sex toys can be very convenient especially when you do not have access to clean running water. Popular brands include Shibari Advanced Antibacterial Toy Cleaner, Babeland Toy Cleaner and LELO Toy Cleaning Spray.
Sex toys are now extremely popular and can be a great source of pleasure. However, do not let them also become a great infection and discomfort.
Keeping your sex toys clean should be an integral part of your post-coital regime. This ensures not only your comfort in using them but also can prolong the life of the sex toys some of which we know can be pretty pricey.