Tips on Storing and Caring for Your Toys
Now that you have purchased a sex toy, you’re probably wondering how to take care of it – or at least, you should be!
Below are several tips on keeping your toy in good condition, and making sure that it is properly cleaned in between uses.
Sex Toy Cleaners
Most of the packaging that a toy comes in recommend you wash your toys with soap and water in between uses. However, what they don’t tell you is that some soaps can actually damage the surface of your toys. When the friendly sales clerk at your local adult shop recommends you purchase a toy cleaner along with your toy, they’re not just trying to make more money off of you. Toy cleaners are specially formulated to be safe for use on all types of materials, and many double as a cleaner for your body as well. But which should you buy? There are tons of options available to you, but here’s a quick guide on the different types you might encounter.
A spray cleaner is your most basic type. Most are antibacterial, which is something you should look for. Some have pleasant scents, like Pipedream’s Refresh Strawberry Scented Toy Cleaner, or Mighty Tidy Antibacterial Adult Toy Cleaner by Jelique. Others have aloe added to their formula, like CalExotics’ Universal Toy Cleaner with Aloe. A note on the latter, however – some women find that they are allergic to aloe, so if you know this to be true about yourself, try their regular cleaner. It works just as well.
To use a spray cleaner, simply remove the batteries in the toy (if it’s battery-operated), then spray the surface of the toy thoroughly. Wait a moment, then wipe the cleaner off. You don’t have to rinse the toy, but it doesn’t hurt to do so.
The foaming cleaner is a step above a spray. Like mousse, you simply dispense a small dollop on your fingers, then wipe it on the toy. Let sit for at least 30 seconds, then rinse with warm water. System JO Refresh Antibacterial Toy Cleaner is unscented, and one bottle goes a long, long way. If you’re into organic products, try Intimate Earth Green Tea Tree Oil Foaming Cleaner. Not only is it organic, the tea tree oil that it contains is a natural antimicrobial, which makes it an excellent choice for anal toys.
If you travel a lot, this type of cleaner is ideal for you! You don’t have to worry about pesky FTA regulations (any liquids in a carry-on have to be 3.4 oz or smaller!) and they tuck neatly away in your purse. While a lot of companies offer wipes, one of the best is Aneros Antibacterial Toy Wipes. Aneros is a company devoted to making male prostate toys, so their wipes are sure to clean your toy thoroughly.
This is a little different than your usual toy cleaner. UVee is a sanitizing device that uses UV-C light to kill 99.9% of bacteria on pretty much anything you put inside it. Available in two sizes – the portable GoPlay and the larger HomePlay – it not only sanitizes your toys, but is a lockable storage box that offers 1 or 3 USB ports for charging. It’s not cheap, but if you’re concerned about how clean your toys are, it’s a worthwhile investment.
That said, if you decide to use soap and water to clean your toy make sure the soap is very mild. Do NOT use Clorox Wipes or Rubbing Alcohol on your toys!!! Not only will bleach and alcohol damage the toy surface, you don’t want either in your body. No matter how much you rinse, there will still be residue left behind, and the delicate tissues of the vagina can experience dryness or even burning if you use either of these methods to clean your toys.
Discretion is usually important to most toy owners, and as such, you want to invest in some sort of storage item to hide away your toys. There are several types of storage options out there, but two types are predominant.
Most high end toys come with a velvet or satin pouch to store your toys in when they’re not being used. If not, you can usually purchase one from your local adult store. It is recommended that you use these pouches, even if you have usually put your toys in some type of toy box, because different materials placed in close proximity to one another can cause your toys to melt. Of these materials, toys made of SensaFeel, UR3 or Cyberskin are usually the most likely to have this kind of reaction. (As a side note, this is why silicone is so great; it’s far sturdier of a material, and most can be boiled or put on the top rack of your dishwasher for cleaning. Be careful to read the packaging on a silicone toy; if it’s boilable or dishwasher safe, it will be clearly marked as such.)
Toy boxes come in a variety of sizes and colors, and most have a combination lock that can be used to keep little fingers away from your toys. If you don’t want to deal with a combination lock, some boxes like the Joyboxx Locking Toy Box use a small padlock to keep others out – just make sure that you don’t lose the keys! Devine toy boxes, while a little on the pricey side, are another non-combination option available, and better still, offer you plenty of room for toys and lube. Just be careful, because they’re pretty enough that someone might mistake it for a fancy makeup case!
The UVee, as mentioned above, is also a wonderful option to store your toys, and allows you to sanitize and charge them all at the same time!
Making sure you keep your toys clean and store them properly will ensure that they last you a long, long time, and therefore protect your investment, and your health!