Sex toys are awesome.
An excellent addition to your sex life, both solo and with a partner. But sex toys also become a lot less awesome if you don’t care for them properly.
Not washing your toy using the wrong lube and storing it incorrectly can all lead to all kinds of problems including a short lifespan of your “best friend” or even a nasty infection.
Wash behind your ears! Even if you’re only using it for yourself and not sharing with a partner. Toys that are washed every time last longer and remain bacteria free. If you want to be really safe, wash your toys before every use, too. Toys can come into contact with fluff, pet hair and germs while they are hidden under your bed.
Don’t submerge any battery-operated toys in water to wash. If your toy has batteries, plugs into the wall, or buzzes in any way, you have to take extra precautions. Wiping it down with a warm, soapy washcloth is all you need to do.
Wash with soap and water or place it on the top rack of your dishwasher. You can also put it in boiling water for 10 minutes to disinfect it.
Wash with soap and water, and don’t expose it to extreme temperatures (like in the dishwasher), to avoid warping.
Pyrex is basically heat-resistant glass, so it can be boiled, put in the dishwasher, or washed by hand.
Boil for 10 minutes, soak in bleach and water or wash in the dishwasher. AND FOR GOD SAKE LET IT COOL DOWN FIRST!
Look out for any irregularities that might signal it’s time to throw out your toy. Sadly even the best sex toys don’t last forever. If the motor gets louder, it’s a sign that the toy is getting to the end or if the charge isn’t lasting as long. Also look out for seams coming apart or pockmarks in your silicone toys, since that means it’s no longer nonporous. RIP. Take the batteries out of your vibrator when you’re not using it. Leaving the batteries in can actually corrode the toy and drain the battery life, since they’re conducting at a low charge when in the toy. And there’s nothing sadder than the half-hearted buzz of a vibrator on low batteries.