Sex toys generally make for safe sex. However, if you don’t take care when cleaning your sex toys, they can also be a great way to introduce bacteria and other nasty things to your body. That’s because bodily fluids – including semen, vaginal fluids and blood – can linger on the surfaces of your toys. If that doesn’t gross you out, consider the following. Some pathogens, such as the hepatitis C virus, can survive for several hours or even days outside of the body. So can bacteria from the anus, which can be dangerous if introduced anywhere else, such as the vagina.
To keep yourself and your partners safe, medical professionals recommend cleaning your sex toys thoroughly after each use. A good scrubbing with soap and hot water is usually sufficient for most sex toys. Lather up the toy with a little squirt of antibacterial soap. Then let the foam sit there for a few moments to kill bacteria and other germs. Use the hottest water you can stand to thoroughly rinse the toy to avoid leaving any soapy residue behind.
Different toys – different strokes
Depending on the toy, you may also want to keep a toothbrush around for cleaning out any cracks/crevices in the toy. These can get kind of um, gunky, so it’s a good idea to give them a scrub when you can. This type of cleaning will work just fine if you have a toy made of silicone or ABS plastic. It may also work for TPR/TPE toys (but be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.) If you’re washing battery-operated toys that aren’t waterproof, be sure to remove the batteries and avoid submerging them.
Plain warm water may be the best option to keep your sex toys clean. This is particularly true for cleaning your sex toys which are made from porous materials, like rubber or vinyl. Since these materials can trap and hold soaps and other chemicals.
If you’re unsure, you can use an alcohol wipe or sex toy cleaning spray to wipe them down. The key really is to ensure that you pay attention to cleaning your sex toys in the correct manner.
Sharing sex toys
Sharing sex toys is the surest way to share germs. Any time you share a sex toy between two or more individuals, it’s always a good idea to wash it between uses. Condoms can be placed over penetrative toys and changed between uses for extra protection. Although most toys can be sufficiently cleaned and sanitized, some toys made from porous materials, like leather and rubber, can trap harmful pathogens. These toys should only be used by one person to prevent the spread of germs.
Keeping your sex toys clean between sessions is also important. Avoid just tossing them under the bed or in your panties drawer. They’ll pick up dust and lint that can be hard to remove, especially when it comes to silicone.
So remember it is important for hygiene reasons and the longevity of your sex toys to use them correctly and keep those sex toys clean. Cleaning your sex toys is really an important part of your overall sexual health.
As always – ENJOY!!