How to Clean your Sex ToysWhen you are lying on your back basking in the afterglow of your blissful orgasm, it can be tempting to stick your sex toys back in the drawer, or even just kick them off the bed.
Jumping straight up to clean your kit might be a bit of a buzz kill, but keeping your tools clean is just as important as keeping yourself clean.
While most people habitually wash and shower after sex to clean bodies that have worked up a sweat and genitals soaked in juices or lube, it is equally essential to clean your toys after using them. This not only prevents the development of bacteria, but also prolongs the life of your equipment.
When you have invested in the best hardware for pleasure and intimacy available, it pays to take care of your toys in the same way you take care of your jewellery, car, and undies!
First, you should always choose toys that are made of body safe materials. Remember July only partners with reputable brands that have been accredited the highest manufacturing quality standard and make ethically produced and body safe intimacy products.
Every sex toy on our website is TGA approved, that is by the Therapeutic Goods Administration within the Australian Government Department of Health.
All materials used in the toys offered by Remember July are body safe, and our quality products are made from medical-grade, non-porous materials such as silicone, elastomer, stainless steel, or Pyrex. They are nontoxic and contain no nasties such as PVCs, Phthalate, Plasticizer. Bisphenol A (BPA) and there are no artificial additives in the liquids we stock.
Sexual health is a priority at Remember July. Unfortunately, there still is little regulation in the sex toy industry, and nasty materials that contain phthalates are still commonly used in sex toys to make them soft and more affordable. You’ll find nothing like that in our e-store.
The cleaning process
Just like you are careful about the food you eat and the cosmetics you use on your skin, you need to make sure that your sex toys are safe and take good care of them.
You probably don’t want to hear this, but your sex toys should be carefully cleaned after every single use. Even if you’re only using it yourself, it is too easy for bacteria to make your toy their home, and you don’t want those nasties anywhere near your genitals! You don’t need a yeasty ordeal.
To clean your sex toy, check for any instructions that come with the packaging first. Take out any batteries and if it is non-waterproof, care not to submerge the whole toy in water.
In general, you can use hot water and an antibacterial spray or soap. You can buy cleaning products specifically designed for sex toys, which are a good investment considering you are not cleaning the dishes here or garden tools, but cleaning equipment that you are inserting inside yourself or your partner’s intimate parts.
Remember July’s Lelo antibacterial cleaning spray is a good option, as it is fast-acting and alcohol and paraben-free. It’s excellent for disinfecting and spot cleaning when you don’t feel like getting up to clean your toys straight away after having sex with your partner. It’s also handy when travelling, and it even looks good on the bathroom shelf.
If using ordinary soap, use an anti-bacterial or sensitive soap which should definitely be unscented. Scented soaps can unbalance the natural pH of the vagina which can make you more prone to infections or irritation. Never use household cleaning products or bleach.
Dry the toy with a freshly cleaned towel or cloth, and then let it also air dry for a while to ensure it is totally dry. If you put away a toy that is damp, you risk that it develops bacteria or even mould - definitely not something you would want to put in your body.
Don’t forget to put it away from wherever you are air drying it - you probably don’t want your sex toys laid out on the outdoor table when courier shows up or the kids come home.
Quick pointers on how to care for different sex toys:
As said above, sex toys made with 100 percent medical grade silicone, stainless steel, or glass can be washed with hot water and mild, unscented soap. It’s best to wash them before and after each use let them air dry on a clean surface. Pyrex toys are dishwasher safe, but do not expose glass to extreme temperatures.
Stainless Steel: If attached to an electrical device, you can use warm soapy water being careful not to submerge any electrical components. If there are no electrical components you can boil or soak in a 10% white vinegar and water solution for 10 minutes.
Rubber is porous and that’s difficult to clean. What the exact components are is not always known and it could contain phthalates and other chemicals that can be harmful to your health. That’s why it is highly recommended to use condoms with these types of toys or better still, don’t use them at all.
Leather is one of the most iconic BDSM materials and it’s oh so sexy. Just keep in mind that leather is a living fabric so you shouldn’t treat it like the plastic items we shove in our closet.
Think of your own skin. Leather needs oxygen, moisturiser, and you can’t leave it out in the sun for long. Unless cared for properly, leather will dry out, crack, and look terrible.
Do not soak your leather items. Wipe the leather with a damp, soapy cloth or use a leather cleaner. Warm water and mild soap will be more than enough for regular care, and it is key to avoid anything scented or harsh chemicals. After cleaning, you may recondition your leather items with a special leather conditioner.
Nylon harnesses and accessories can go in the washing machine on a warm cycle, or you can hand wash them with a mild anti-bacterial soap.
Cyberskin and Vinyl are soft and porous materials that are often used in the manufacturing of cheap dildos. We don’t recommend using them at all but if you do, wash the toys delicately with warm water only. Air dry, and you can powder them with a small amount with corn-starch to keep them from getting sticky. Better still, thrown them in the bin and choose something body safe instead.
How to store your sex toys safely
Many people like to keep toys handy in their bedside table drawers, but have you ever really looked at how much dust and dirt collects in there? We recommend keeping their original packaging, a box, airtight container, or a sealable bag.
Why not treat yourself to some silk drawstring bags that will make the toys feel extra luxurious and special when you next reach for them?
Sex toys give you hours of pleasure so treat them lovingly too with good hygiene practices which will not only keep you healthier and safe but will keep them loving you for longer, too.
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