By Jess Panther
CALGARY — I had a friend look to me for advice on what the best way to clean her toys was the other day. I was surprised by the request for information, mainly due to her wealth of knowledge in other areas surrounding sex. Cleaning anything is kind of common knowledge at this age, isn’t it? Well, as it turns out, there are a number of different means to cleaning sex toys and, for the most part, it’s entirely dependent on their make and material.
Basic cleaning for most toys usually just requires a washcloth, warm water and some mild soap. “Mild” meaning that it doesn’t contain any harsh unnecessary chemicals or fragrances. Think of what you might use to wash down a fresh tattoo when you first take the bandage off.
When it comes to toys you can typically break them up into two categories of material: non-porous and porous. When you first purchase your toys make note of what specific material it’s made out of. There may even be specified cleaning instructions included in the packaging.
If toys are attached to any kind of electrical device or contain batteries, ensure that you remove the batteries before cleaning and avoid completely submerging the toy underwater. Although some may be “water resistant,” that does not mean that they are entirely waterproof.
Glass/Stone/Pyrex: These materials can typically just be washed with soap and water, however glass should be kept from extreme hot or cold temperatures. Many of these materials are even dishwasher safe.
Stainless Steel: Again, warm water and soap works with these. You can also boil them in hot water or throw them in the dishwasher. I’ve heard that you can use a 10% bleach solution, as well, but bleach products make me nervous.
Hard Plastic: Don’t boil or put these in the dishwasher! Just plain old soap and warm water works best.
Silicone: Unless they have a vibrator in them, in which case it’s best to keep it simple, you can choose from any of the options used for the above materials.
Rubber: In my opinion, avoiding rubber toys is in your best interest. They’re difficult to clean and may contain harmful chemicals. That said, if you do own any of these types of toys, it’s advised that you use a condom each time to keep them as clean as possible.
Cyberskin/Vinyl: Cyberskin is really soft and often used with dildos. Them, along with vinyl, should be washed as delicately as possible with warm water. No soap! Air dry.
Nylon: Most nylon harnesses or toys can be machine or hand-washed with mild anti-bacterial soap. Many of these products will come with specified cleaning instructions.
Leather: There is cleaner and conditioner out there made specifically for leather, otherwise you can wipe it down with a cloth and warm, soapy water. Don’t soak leather in water.
Cleaning your sex toys after each use helps deny the spread of potential STIs, while also ensuring that outside bacteria doesn’t affect you or your partner. (ie. Bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, etc.) Be sure to store your toys in cool, dark places and to keep them in pouches or containers. Now, dust it off and have some fun!AB, Alberta, clean the motors, sex, sex toy, sex toy cleaning, sex toy washing