How to Take Care of Your Toys
Keeping your toys clean and caring for them properly will make them last longer and will help to protect your health. Here are our tips for taking care of your sex toys.
- Check the packaging and the seal on toys to find out if they are waterproof or water-resistant. Water-resistant means you can get water on the toy but should not submerge it. After washing a toy like this, open the battery compartment, and if it has removable batteries, allow that part to air dry.
- Wash your toys with a simple soap that does not contain fragrances or moisturizers. You do not need a special toy cleaner. Wash the toy thoroughly, paying attention to seams or textured pieces that may need extra cleaning with a cloth, Q-tip, or old toothbrush. Rinse the toy with hot water.
- If your toy is 100% silicone and does not have electrical components in it, you can boil it for five minutes or run it through your dishwasher. It's a good idea to rinse toys after they come out of the dishwasher as dishwashing soap doesn't always rinse clean and is harsh on the body if left behind on your toys.
- Don't use a rinse agent in your dishwasher as it might cling to your toys.
- Don't use bleach on your toys. Bleach is not necessarily an effective killer of many viruses and bacteria and it is very harsh on toys.
- Don't use toy sanitizing products that are meant to be rubbed into your toys and left on. Sex toys need to be washed with soap and water.
- You can use wet wipes or toy wipes to wipe off your toys immediately after you use them, but do make sure that you actually wash them before you use them again.
- Leave toys to air dry or dry them with a clean lint-free cloth. Remember that most dishtowels will leave lint and dirt behind on the surface of the toy.
- For soft elastomer and rubber toys like the fleshlight, wash them carefully after every use. If they feel sticky, a small coating of cornstarch will help. This should be done only for toys that will not be used internally. Cornstarch should not be used internally. We don't recommend soft porous toys for internal use.
- If your toy has removable batteries, it's best to remove the batteries when you wash it and when it's not in use. Batteries can burst or corrode inside toys — this is rare, but when it happens, your toy is ruined.
- If your toy has a rechargeable battery, charge it fully before you use it the first time. If you don't play with the toy frequently, charge it fully every few months or so. Rechargeable batteries that sit for long periods of time without being used or charged can lose their ability to hold a charge.
- Buy the best quality material you can. 100% silicone, borosilicate glass, stainless steel, and ABS plastic are the best choices. These materials are all either non-porous or have extremely small pores. This means that dirt will not seep into the material.
- Store your toys in a lint free bag or a box to keep them away from dirt and dust and to protect them from anything that might scratch or tear the casings.