If you didn't already know, it's vital to clean sex toys not only so they last longer, but also for crucial health reasons and to reduce the risk of it becoming a breeding ground for unwanted bacteria.
Which is where these seven tips from BuzzPinky come in—because whether it's made from glass, plastic, metal, wood, or silicone, before getting down and dirty, these are the must-knows for how to clean your sex toy/s.
1. Know your material
When it comes to sex toys, you probably already know how good the orgasm they give is—but what are they actually made of? Having a good look at the packaging and checking whether the toy is motorized will have a huge bearing on how it should be washed.
To clean silicone, glass, stainless steel, or wood that is motorized, use mild soap and a damp cloth to wipe the toy clean. To clean silicone, glass, stainless steel, or wood that isn't motorized, submerge your non-motorized pal in boiling water for eight to ten minutes. This allows for a deep clean with no risk of damaging the working parts.
As for a sex toy made of cyberskin? This material is highly sensitive, so just a little soap and warm water should be used to clean it. Make sure you use no more than necessary, as too many soapsuds can damage the material.
2. Be battery-safe
Avoid submerging your battery-operated toys in water to wash them. If they require batteries, they buzz or they plug into the wall, you need to be extra careful. A wipe-down with a warm, soapy cloth will be sufficient and keep you safe.
3. Be gentle
The majority of sex toys (which are usually made of silicone, glass, and stainless steel) can be cleaned sufficiently with good, old-fashioned soap and water.
However, be gentle: opt for fragrance-free, mild soaps to avoid any unwanted irritation. You can go antibacterial if you want to, but mild and fragrance-free should do the trick.
To avoid any soap absorbing into the toy and causing itchiness later on, be sure to rinse your toy thoroughly with water.
4. Keep your toy dry
So, you've given your friend a good scrub to keep it squeaky clean; now you need to make sure it is completely dry. Do this using a clean paper towel and make sure your toy is 100% dry.
5. Wrap up your porous friend
If you sex toy is made from porous materials, these can't be completely disinfected, so it's important to use a condom when using the toy with a partner. If you're partying solo, providing you wash porous toys after every use you should be fine.
The condom rule also goes for jelly toys due to some of the chemicals found in the material.
It's just as important to store your toy in a safe place as it is to clean it properly. Avoid chucking it uncovered into places like bedside drawers, which are a haven for dust and crumbs.
Ensure you store your sex toys in the bags you bought them in. Alternatively, an item such as a Lockabox offers a secure and discreet place to safely store your toys.
Happy sex toy use!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.