There’s nothing more fun and exciting than building up a collection of toys from your favourite online sex shop - but you need to make sure you put as much effort into taking care of them as you do using them in the first place, predominantly for hygiene reasons.
Firstly, however, make sure that you don’t skimp on the toys you buy. If you invest in high quality sex toys, then they should last you for years with the appropriate care. Take it on a case by case basis, since some toys can be affordable and reliable, and others you’ll want to blow the budget on.
If you don’t make sure they’re properly cleaned and dried both before and after use, bacteria can grow so you do need to be careful. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions but you may find that it’s best to let your sex toys air dry to prevent any fluff or similar from sticking to them.
There are wipes you can buy that will get the job done for toys that are non-porous and you need to be particularly careful with any that aren’t waterproof or are battery-powered. In fact, if you want to make sure that you’re getting the job done properly, investing in specific cleaning sprays and wipes could put your mind at ease.
Learning what your toys are made from will help you decide how to clean them. Silicone is generally accepted as one of the best materials going as it’s soft and non-porous.
If you have toys made from cyberskin (also known as ultra or softskin), remember that this is really porous so you need to be careful when cleaning it and only use some mild soap and warm water.
To avoid irritation, make sure you use fragrance-free soap and don’t use too much of it, as this can also damage certain materials like cyberskin.
For a really deep clean and especially if the toy is made out of something like stainless steel or silicone, let it sit in some boiling water for a couple of minutes. Some toys may even be able to go in the dishwasher but always read the instructions before you put them in with your plates and cups.
Thinking about how you store your toys when they’re not in use can also help to keep them germ-free and safe for you and your partner to spice your lives up with.
If they come in a case, make sure you use it or you could buy cloth bags to keep them in so they don’t collect dust. Although why would they collect dust - you’ll be far too busy using them for that to happen!