A Comprehensive Guide to Cleaning Your Toys
Toys are a super fun, exciting way to explore and experience pleasure. As many of us know, things can get messy. How do we keep our toys clean so we can skip the gynecologist and stay in the pleasure-zone? We’ve put together a simple, accurate guide to keeping your toys clean and safe.
Ideally, before and after use.
Vaginas are delicate ecosystems. It’s possible to contract STI’s through shared toys, as well as infections like bacterial vaginosis. Cleaning your toys is best practice in mitigating risk associated with toys, whether you’re playing solo with or with partner(s).
There’s a few ways to clean your toys, depending on their materials. Most body-safe toys are typically made of silicone, stainless steel, or glass. These materials are non-porous, and are therefore easier to clean. When it comes to toys made of jelly-like material or cyberskin: they’re hard to clean, and are most likely chock-full of phalates – so we suggest using condoms with them. In this article, we’re going to cover three popular methods of cleaning: boiling, using soap, and using cleaning spray.
1. Boil ‘em
Silicone, glass and stainless steel can be boiled (As long as they’re motor-free!).
We suggest putting your toys in cool water and bringing them to a boil for approximately five minutes. This is the best way to ensure you’re getting rid of any bacteria, so keep it in mind if you’re using toys with different partners.
2. Soap ‘em
Silicone, glass, stainless steel, wood.
You’ll want to use a mild, fragrance-free soap to wash your toys in lukewarm water. We suggest using soap that you already know works for you in order to avoid irritation.
3. Spray ‘em
This is our favourite method – keep a bottle of spray by the bed and give your toy a spray and rubdown before settling in. Try Natural Toy Cleaner to see what we mean.
4. Other methods
UV Sterilizer – A relatively new development in the toy market, these little compartments clean toys thoroughly with UV rays.
Once you’re done, pat dry and place in a bag to avoid other contaminants. You’re ready for next time!