Looking After Your Sex Toys

A little care goes a long way when it comes to your sex toys. This is not just for your pleasure, but for your health and the lifespan of your beloved gadgets too. Plus, proper maintenance can actually enhance your sexual experience by ensuring your toys perform their best every single time.

Neglecting your toy's hygiene and storage can lead to infections, irritations, and the potential breakdown of your toys. In this blog, we're going to teach you how to clean your toys, the best ways to store them, and when it's time to say goodbye and replace an old friend. This is to make sure your butt plugs and dildos last long.

Why It’s Important To Look After Your Toys

As said before, looking up after your sex toys is also about safeguarding your health and ensuring each experience is as enjoyable as the last.

Check Them Before Use

Before getting down to business, take a moment to give your dildos and other toys the once-over. 
  • Inspect your toys for any damage or wear that could pose a risk. Cracks, chips, or tears in your intimate sex toys? It's time to say goodbye and get a replacement.
  • Ensure that batteries or electronic components are functioning correctly. You don't want your good times with a vibrator cut short by a sudden power outage, do you?
  • Verify that there are no rough surfaces that could cause irritation. Run your fingers over your toys; they should feel smooth to the touch.
  • Look for signs of material degradation, especially in porous toys. These types can be a hotbed for bacteria, and you don't want any unwelcome guests joining your intimate moments.
  • Confirm compatibility with lubricants to prevent material breakdown. The wrong lube can turn your go-to toy into a sticky mess – and not in a fun way.

Clean Before and After Use

For non-porous toys like silicone, glass, and metal—you're in luck; they're a breeze to sanitize. Wash them with warm water and unscented soap, or use a sex toy cleaner. Be thorough, but gentle—scrub away, but don't go all out as if you're trying to remove a stain from a white shirt.

Porous materials like jelly rubber or latex are a bit more high-maintenance. They can harbor bacteria so you'll need to pay extra attention. Use warm water and a cleaner specifically designed for porous toys. If the toy's instructions allow it, consider using a mild bleach solution to ensure it's as clean as a whistle.

Regardless of the material, after you've given your toy a good scrub, rinse it off. You  want absolutely no soap residue, as it can irritate your most intimate areas. When drying, pat your toy down with a clean, lint-free towel or let it air dry.

Store Them Properly

Take the guesswork out of aftercare by using individual storage bags for each of your toy. That means if you have 5 different butt plugs, you would need 5 storage bags to store them individually. 

Remember, your toys are not sunbathers—they shouldn't be lounging in direct sunlight. A cool, dry environment is where they'll thrive.

Replace Them When They Wear Out!

Material degradation is no joke. Keep a lookout for discoloration, odd smells, or a sticky surface. These are tell-tale signs that your toy is throwing in the towel and it's time for an upgrade.

By staying on top of storage and knowing when to let go, you're ensuring a safe, hygienic, and thrilling experience every time.

Understanding Material Safety

Sex toys come in a different materials. From silicone to glass, and latex to metal, each material offers a unique experience and cleaning instructions.

Silicone, stainless steel, borosilicate glass, and ABS plastic are the go-to options because they don't harbor bacteria and they clean up like a dream. That means they're safer for your body and they last longer too. Lots of chastity cages and dildos are made of this material.

The porous toys like those made from jelly rubber, latex, and realistic-feel materials can be soft and flexible, sure, but they've got tiny holes that can hold onto bacteria. So use a condom with these toys, and you'll keep things cleaner.

Always pair body-safe lubes with your toys. If the label doesn't shout 'body-safe', put it back on the shelf. Your future self will thank you.

The Role of Lubricants in Toy Maintenance

There are also different types of lubricants made for different materials. Silicone-based lubricants, for example, can be long-lasting, but they're a no-go for silicone toys. They can cause a reaction that breaks down your beloved toy's material. Instead, save these lubes for your non-silicone toys.

Water-based lubricants, on the other hand, are like the universal blood type for sex toys—they're compatible with just about everything. Easy to clean and gentle on all materials, they're a safe choice, especially if you're unsure.

Oil-based lubricants can be luxurious, but beware—they can degrade materials like latex and some plastics, turning your smooth operators into sticky messes.

After the fun, cleaning off lubricant residue is crucial for maintaining your toy's integrity. Warm water and mild soap usually do the trick, but check your toy's cleaning instructions to be sure.

Dealing With Sensitive Skin and Allergies

If you've got sensitive skin or allergies, go for toys made with hypoallergenic materials. These are less likely to cause a reaction. If you're chastity cage still gives you irritations, hit pause and consult your healthcare provider. It's better to be safe and get some advice than to soldier on and potentially make things worse.

So make sure you're giving your toys a proper clean to nix any allergens. Your skin will thank you for it.

Simone Brooks

A Southern-based author brings clarity to the intimate world of sex toys, focusing on user-friendly guides and reviews for dildos and nipple toys. Drawing from her past as an educator, she crafts content that enlightens and equips her readers, making the exploration of pleasure accessible to all. Beyond writing, she finds solace in nurturing her garden and roaming the countryside with her favorite dogs, where she gathers inspiration for her work.