6 Tips on cleaning your sex toys
Something inside of you is saying, “it’s time to get a sex toy.” Regardless of how you got to that epiphany, it’s great that you’re now deciding to focus on self-pleasure. This is the 21st century!
Why wait for someone to get you off when you can do it yourself? How do you clean sex toys and keep them clean? How do you make sure they’re body-safe? Well, those questions are about to be answered. And some tips on buying a sex toy if you haven't bought one yet.
Cleaning your sex toys
What happens after you use it? Do you just throw it back into your drawer? When it comes to sex toys, you need to make sure your devices are clean as a whistle. If not, you’re opening yourself up to STIs and infections.
1. It’s all about storage
If you want to ensure your sex toy stays clean, you need to focus on where you’re storing them. In the movies, you see people having them under their bed or drawer, but that’s not the right way to store them.
Your sex toys should be kept in a case or silk bag, which will protect them from bacteria-infested areas. Make sure the case is washable too. Once it’s stored in a case, you can keep it anywhere you want.
2. Clean them before and after each use
We don’t want to sound like a nagging parent, but you need to wash your sex toys before and after each use. This way, you make sure the toy is dust and dirt-free. The last thing you need is to spread dirt and dust in your most delicate of places.
Some people use soap and water, but that’s not a great idea. Ideally, you should look for a sex toy cleaner. Typical dishwashing soaps are full of chemicals and are not for internal use.
3. Get yourself a sex toy cleaner
There are plenty of sex toy cleaners available that will make sure your toy is spotless. The Kiiroo Pure Premium Toy Cleaner does an amazing job of cleaning toys while being alcohol-free, triclosan-free, and it is anti-bacterial.
And that’s really what you want in a cleaner, one that will clean your toys but is also body-safe. In general, you should see that the cleaner you’re using is water-based. Silicone and oil-based cleaners breakdown silicone, and that’s not what you want to happen to your sex toy (if it’s made of silicone).
4. Don’t put your toys away wet
So you’ve cleaned your toys, and now you want to put them in their case. But are they still wet? After washing your sex toys, double-check if they’re damp.
If so, let them air dry thoroughly on a clean towel or kitchen paper. This will prevent any growth of bacteria on them. Sex toys and bacteria don’t mix.
5. Don’t forget to wash your hands!
Did you think bacteria only live on your sex toys? Your hands are a petri dish for bacteria. So, before even thinking about touching your toy, wash your hands. We usually don’t think about it, but we’re touching a lot of things before we masturbate.
Maybe you did a household chore, like cleaned your bathroom toilet, and decided to reward yourself with some solo-pleasure. It’s a great reward, but make sure you’re not bringing any unwanted bacteria to your genitals.
6. Feeling lazy? Use a condom
There are times where you’re in a heated moment, and the last thing you want to do is pull out your cleaning spray and waste those precious moments cleaning your toy. We get it. So, when you have those moments, put a condom on your toy. Just make sure the lube you’re using isn’t oil-based so that it won’t erode the condom.
How do you choose a sex toy?
It’s a good question and it isn’t so easy to answer. But keep in mind everyone is different and your needs won’t necessarily be the same as others.
Whether you want to buy your sex toy at a physical store or online, you need to start window shopping. Take notice of the toys that catch your eye and pique your interest. It’ll help if you have a little bit of experience with masturbation, then you’ll have a better idea of what you really enjoy.
If you have a vagina, do you want a toy for clitoral stimulation? What about anal penetration? By knowing what area of your genitals you want to focus on, you can narrow down your options.
Usually, those with vaginas are looking for a toy to be inserted. Those with penises are looking for a toy to surround the penis, such as a sleeve or stroker.
Old school or tech-savvy?
Many years ago, we wouldn’t be asking ourselves this question, but now it’s a question that everyone needs to ask themselves before buying a toy. Of course, you have your standard dildos, vibrators, and basic sex toys that do the trick. But more interactive sex toys work wonders if you’re looking for a more exciting self-pleasuring experience.
For example, Kiiroo’s Male Masturbators lets the user connect to interactive content. Naturally, the masturbator also has manual and automatic modes for when you just want to keep it simple. So, ask yourself what you want from your experience.
If you haven’t bought a sex toy before, you may think that you need to go all out and get yourself a giant dildo when you’re not quite sure if that’s what you want. It’s best to start off small until you find the toy that works for you.
The first toy you buy may not do the trick. Plus, you can always work your way up to more intense and advanced toys. There’s no rush.
Do you want it to be versatile?
If you’re single, then you’re buying the sex toy primarily for yourself and your needs. But maybe you want a toy that’s a little more versatile. Many of us want sex toys for ourselves, but also want to share them with our partners.
If that’s the case for you, consider looking at a couple's set. It’ll give you a toy for yourself and your partner that you can either use for solo-masturbation or with them.
Check if it’s body-safe
Many people, when buying a sex toy, focus on buying the cheapest toy on the market. But when it comes to sex toys, you don’t want to play it cheap. These are devices that are going to be used on your body.
So, you must check that they’re skin safe. Body-safe and high-quality toys aren’t necessarily going to be found in the bargain bin. When it comes to self-pleasure, invest in your toys, and make your health a priority.
Focus on materials such as silicone, metal, and glass, as they’re non-porous and are easy to clean. Materials such as rubber and jelly are porous and contain phthalates, meaning they’re difficult to clean and can lead to infections or illnesses. Whether it’s a vibrator, dildo, or butt plug, you need to double-check that the material used is body-safe.
Finding the right sex toy for you will take some time, but once you find it, you’ll have the time of your life. Just make sure to follow the cleaning tips provided so your self-pleasure can continue to be a smooth ride.
Natasha Ivanovic is an intimacy, dating, and relationship writer best known for her writings on Kiiroo, LovePanky, Post Pravda, and more. She's the creator and author of her short stories on TheLonelySerb. She completed her first degree in Criminology and continued and finished her Masters in Investigative Psychology, but then decided to follow her true passion of writing.