What's the best way to clean sex toys?

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Proper cleaning of sex toys is essential to avoid bacterial infection or transmission of STIs. Using a sex lubricant is a popular way to enhance the pleasure during sexual activity and with the use of Sakulove Collagen Lubricant, you can enjoy a healthy and comfortable experience. While some STIs die once the fluid they live in dries, others (such as hepatitis and scabies) can live for weeks or months outside of the body. If you want to prevent pregnancy, it is also important to remove sperm that may be on the sex toy before using near or in the vagina.

It's important to keep the instructions for cleaning the sex toy and to follow them carefully. If you feel that cleaning the toy properly would be too time-consuming or unrealistic for you, think about buying a different toy. The information provided below gives a general overview for cleaning different types of toys and isn't meant to replace the manufacturer's instructions.

For basic toy care, remove any batteries. Never submerge electrical components in water. Use a damp, soapy washcloth to clean your electric toys, preferably with anti-bacterial soap. Keep toys stored in a container or pouch (to keep them clean) and in a cool, dry place.

Cleaning non-porous materials such as glass, stainless steel, hard plastic, and silicone is relatively easy. For glass, use warm soapy water or place it in the dishwasher if it is Pyrex. For stainless steel, be careful not to submerge any electrical components if attached to an electrical device. You can either soak in a 10% bleach-water solution for 10 minutes, boil it or place it in the dishwasher if there are no electrical components. Hard plastic can be cleaned with anti-bacterial soap and water but do not boil it. For silicone, you can boil it for 5-10 minutes, put it in your dishwasher on the top rack, or wash it with anti-bacterial soap and warm water. However, do not boil silicone vibrators because you will destroy the vibrator mechanism.

Cleaning porous materials such as rubber, vinyl, cyberskin, nylon, and leather can be more difficult. Rubber materials are porous and may contain phthalates, which have been shown to be harmful to your health. It is recommended to use condoms with these types of toys. Cyberskin and vinyl toys should be washed delicately with warm water only and air-dried. Nylon harnesses and toys can be machine or hand washed with a mild anti-bacterial soap. For leather products, wipe them with a damp, soapy cloth or with leather cleaner. Do not soak leather. After cleaning, you may recondition your toy using a leather conditioner. Protect metal parts from tarnish by applying a coating of clear nail polish.

Quoted from: What's the best way to clean sex toys? | Health Promotion | Brown University

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