Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sexuary 2015 - Care and Cleaning of Your Toys

Ok, so you finally broke down and spent that cash for a toy.  Now how do I make sure that I get the most out of it?  What do I need to do to keep it safe to use and last the longest?

Well first of all the easy stuff.  Cleaning them after and before each use is important.  Let's face it the bacteria that can grow between uses and then reintroduced could cause quiet an issue.  But how do you clean your toys?  The material of the toy makes a difference so here you go. 

CLEANING
  • Silicone: Hypoallergenic are the easiest to maintain. Silicone dildos toys may be boiled for two to three minutes, or washed with soap and water.  The dishwasher can do a good job of keeping your toy clean too. NEVER boil silicone sex toys if they plug in or use batteries (I know it shouldn't have to be said, but there are some....). Let them air dry completely or dry with a lint-free cloth before storing.
  • Plastic/Acrylic/Glass: These can be washed with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap and sterilized using an alcohol-soaked cotton ball.  Make sure you rinse thoroughly afterward. Acrylic and glass toys may be boiled or submerged in hot water. Again a toss in the dishwasher periodically will keep the toy sterile and safe for continued usage.  And let's use some sense here too, if it plugs in or has batteries then don't soak the thing or put it in the dishwasher. 
  • Rubber/Latex and Jelly: These products are extremely porous, so be sure to wash them thoroughly with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap. When you're done rinse so that no trace of soap is left.  If you don't rinse it can degrade the material and cause irritation to you when you use it next. While it's a good idea to use a condom with any insertable toys, it's an especially good idea with these materials. The porus nature of these products require the extra care to keep you and the toy safe.
  • Realistics: Names include CyberskinTM, FuturoticTM, NeoSkin®, Soft TouchTM, UltraSkin, and FauxskinTM (if you're unsure of the type of material, check the packaging or product page, or contact Customer Service), and this type of material is widely used for erection rings and masturbation sleeves, as well as vibrators and dildos. Thoroughly wash with warm (never hot) water and a liquid antibacterial soap, then let air dry completely. Once dry, sprinkle with the included "renewing" powder or cornstarch. Never use talcum powder or baby powder, as these can cause irritation and sometimes larger problems for women (pure talc is fine but very difficult to find). Do not put these in the dishwasher unless the instructions say to.  
  • Vibrators: Ok, so what do we do with the toys that have electronics on them?  We carefully wash them with soap and water and dry them off. 
Don't put in oven or
microwave. Makes sense
to me
Any toy that you use anally that comes out with more than desired will need to be rinsed off first.  You might use baby wipes or vaginal wipes to get it cleaned up first.  Again a condom is recommended and that would take care of this issue, but if you don't want to use a condom this will clean off the mess.  After that use the proper care for the material listed above.  

So when you get your toys don't just rip the package open and start using it.  Most of, and especially the higher end ones come with cleaning instructions.  Following them will keep you safer and make the toys last longer.  

Additionally you can use a toy cleaner.  These can be sprayed on your toy and rinse or wiped off.  They provide a post cleaning extra for many toys.  We keep them by on the nightstand for a quick cleaning between cleanings too.    

Sometimes you've got to take a q-tip and make sure you get around the edges and take extra care in the crevasses.  You might be surprised what can find its way into those areas if you're not careful.  Between the cover to your vibrator and the electronics seems to be a bad area to collect gunk too.

So that's the cleaning part but what about care?

BATTERIES 

Every article I read says to remove batteries between usage.  That's not going to happen in my house.  I can't imagine the middle of a moment and then you get, "hang on a sec, I need to put the 3 AAA batteries in".  Kind of a mood killer.  But you can replace your batteries regularly.  This will keep them fresh and keep them from corroding.  So change the batteries on your fire alarm, replace all your toy batteries too.  And if you have a toy you don't use except for special occasions then  leave the batteries out of those, and put the batteries in before you start something. If you do leave your batteries in too long see our last post about repairing a vibrator

If your batteries are dying don't be a cheap skate, replace them.  The performance of the vibrator is directly related to the health of the batteries.  And I for one am not above removing batteries from our kids toys or remotes to make sure we have the best batteries in the house for our toys! They can have the cheap sucky batteries. 

STORAGE

So heat and sunlight does serious damage to toys.  Keep them in temp controlled areas and out of direct sunlight.  Additionally you want to put them away where there is no animal hair or other grim that might attach itself to your treasured device.  Nothing like killing the mood to have to pick off hairs or junk off of a toy before you use it.  I've seen where it's recommended to wrap your toys in a clean t-shirt before storing it.  Not a bad idea. I can tell you we put a feather boa in our drawer one time and we are still picking feathers off the toys in there. 

Also some of the toys will absorb what they are on.  I've had toys that have absorbed the stain off the wood they were sitting on.  So now there is a nice walnut streak on the rubber toy.  Toy is still good, just looks odd.  But be careful what you sit your toys on, and make sure to clean them off thoroughly if they do get sat into something. 

Additionally some of these toys will melt.  I've got both rubber and plastic toys that have flat spots on them from putting another toy that had been running a long time on top of them. It doesn't take to much heat to have this effect on one of your toys.  

Make sure your toy is clean before you put it away for the night.  Remember bacteria love to grow and have fun in those environments.  Save yourself an embarrassing trip to the doctor and clean them.

LUBRICANTS

While we won't go into a big article on lubricants here, there are some basics rules for toy usage and lubricants: 
  • Water Based Lubes can be used with all sex toys.
  • Silicone Lubes should not be used with silicone or realistic toys. I destroyed a great masturbator using the wrong lube once. 
  • Oil Based Lubes or Petroleum Jelly should never be used on a toy  that is going to be inserted as it could cause infections.  Additionally it will disintegrate rubber or latex, including latex condoms.
Last thing I'll mention again is using condoms on toys is a smart thing.  It saves on wear and tear, it keeps some of the smell away, especially for anal toys or toys that are shared in multiple orifice during the same session.   

So break out the toys, and let's have some Sexuary fun!!!

Where are you on meeting your Sexuary 2015 goals?  Have you used some toys you haven't in a while?  Have you purchased a new toy to play with for Sexuary?  Let us know!!!

Dane
H



Here's a breakdown of how to clean sex toys by material:
  • Silicone: Hypoallergenic are the easiest to maintain, silicone dildos and non-battery-operated toys may be boiled for two to three minutes, or washed with soap and water.  The dishwasher can do a good job of keeping your toy clean too. NEVER boil silicone sex toys with electrical components. Let them air dry completely or dry with a lint-free cloth before storing.
  • Plastic/Acrylic/Glass: All can be washed with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap and sterilized using an alcohol-soaked cotton ball (rinse thoroughly afterward); acrylic and glass toys may be boiled or submerged in hot water if they're not battery-operated. Again a toss in the dishwasher periodically will keep the toy sterile and safe for continued usage.
  • Rubber/Latex and Jelly: These products are extremely porous, so be sure to wash them thoroughly with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap, and rinse so that no trace of soap is left, as it can degrade the material and cause irritation to you. Again, while it's a good idea to use a condom with any insertable toys, it's an especially good idea with these materials.
  • Realistics: Names include CyberskinTM, FuturoticTM, NeoSkin®, Soft TouchTM, UltraSkin, and FauxskinTM (if you're unsure of the type of material, check the packaging or product page, or contact Customer Service), and this type of material is widely used for erection rings and masturbation sleeves, as well as vibrators and dildos. Thoroughly wash with warm (never hot) water and a liquid antibacterial soap, then let air dry completely. Once dry, sprinkle with the included "renewing" powder or cornstarch. Never use talcum powder or baby powder, as these can cause irritation and sometimes larger problems for women (pure talc is fine but very difficult to find).
Because sex toys not only touch your skin, but touch very intimate areas of your body, it's extremely important to know whether you have any allergies or sensitivities to certain materials, cleansers, etc. If you're not sure, we highly recommend that you do an allergy test on a small patch of skin, such as the wrist, before using any product. For more information on cleaning toys and related subjects, please be sure to read the FAQ section of this article.
- See more at: http://www.mypleasure.com/education/sex-toy-guide/maintenance.asp#sthash.5CxswWme.dpuf

ere's a breakdown of how to clean sex toys by material:
  • Silicone: Hypoallergenic and easiest to maintain, silicone dildos and non-battery-operated toys may be boiled for two to three minutes, or washed with soap and water. NEVER boil silicone sex toys with electrical components. Let them air dry completely or dry with a lint-free cloth before storing.
  • Plastic/Acrylic/Glass: All can be washed with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap and sterilized using an alcohol-soaked cotton ball (rinse thoroughly afterward); acrylic and glass toys may be boiled or submerged in hot water if they're not battery-operated.
  • Rubber/Latex and Jelly: These products are extremely porous, so be sure to wash them thoroughly with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap, and rinse so that no trace of soap is left, as it can degrade the material and cause irritation to you. Again, while it's a good idea to use a condom with any insertable toys, it's an especially good idea with these materials.
  • Realistics: Names include CyberskinTM, FuturoticTM, NeoSkin®, Soft TouchTM, UltraSkin, and FauxskinTM (if you're unsure of the type of material, check the packaging or product page, or contact Customer Service), and this type of material is widely used for erection rings and masturbation sleeves, as well as vibrators and dildos. Thoroughly wash with warm (never hot) water and a liquid antibacterial soap, then let air dry completely. Once dry, sprinkle with the included "renewing" powder or cornstarch. Never use talcum powder or baby powder, as these can cause irritation and sometimes larger problems for women (pure talc is fine but very difficult to find).
Because sex toys not only touch your skin, but touch very intimate areas of your body, it's extremely important to know whether you have any allergies or sensitivities to certain materials, cleansers, etc. If you're not sure, we highly recommend that you do an allergy test on a small patch of skin, such as the wrist, before using any product. For more information on cleaning toys and related subjects, please be sure to read the FAQ section of this article.
- See more at: http://www.mypleasure.com/education/sex-toy-guide/maintenance.asp#sthash.5CxswWme.dpuf
Here's a breakdown of how to clean sex toys by material:
  • Silicone: Hypoallergenic and easiest to maintain, silicone dildos and non-battery-operated toys may be boiled for two to three minutes, or washed with soap and water. NEVER boil silicone sex toys with electrical components. Let them air dry completely or dry with a lint-free cloth before storing.
  • Plastic/Acrylic/Glass: All can be washed with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap and sterilized using an alcohol-soaked cotton ball (rinse thoroughly afterward); acrylic and glass toys may be boiled or submerged in hot water if they're not battery-operated.
  • Rubber/Latex and Jelly: These products are extremely porous, so be sure to wash them thoroughly with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap, and rinse so that no trace of soap is left, as it can degrade the material and cause irritation to you. Again, while it's a good idea to use a condom with any insertable toys, it's an especially good idea with these materials.
  • Realistics: Names include CyberskinTM, FuturoticTM, NeoSkin®, Soft TouchTM, UltraSkin, and FauxskinTM (if you're unsure of the type of material, check the packaging or product page, or contact Customer Service), and this type of material is widely used for erection rings and masturbation sleeves, as well as vibrators and dildos. Thoroughly wash with warm (never hot) water and a liquid antibacterial soap, then let air dry completely. Once dry, sprinkle with the included "renewing" powder or cornstarch. Never use talcum powder or baby powder, as these can cause irritation and sometimes larger problems for women (pure talc is fine but very difficult to find).
Because sex toys not only touch your skin, but touch very intimate areas of your body, it's extremely important to know whether you have any allergies or sensitivities to certain materials, cleansers, etc. If you're not sure, we highly recommend that you do an allergy test on a small patch of skin, such as the wrist, before using any product. For more information on cleaning toys and related subjects, please be sure to read the FAQ section of this article.
- See more at: http://www.mypleasure.com/education/sex-toy-guide/maintenance.asp#sthash.5CxswWme.dpuf

Here's a breakdown of how to clean sex toys by material:
  • Silicone: Hypoallergenic and easiest to maintain, silicone dildos and non-battery-operated toys may be boiled for two to three minutes, or washed with soap and water. NEVER boil silicone sex toys with electrical components. Let them air dry completely or dry with a lint-free cloth before storing.
  • Plastic/Acrylic/Glass: All can be washed with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap and sterilized using an alcohol-soaked cotton ball (rinse thoroughly afterward); acrylic and glass toys may be boiled or submerged in hot water if they're not battery-operated.
  • Rubber/Latex and Jelly: These products are extremely porous, so be sure to wash them thoroughly with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap, and rinse so that no trace of soap is left, as it can degrade the material and cause irritation to you. Again, while it's a good idea to use a condom with any insertable toys, it's an especially good idea with these materials.
  • Realistics: Names include CyberskinTM, FuturoticTM, NeoSkin®, Soft TouchTM, UltraSkin, and FauxskinTM (if you're unsure of the type of material, check the packaging or product page, or contact Customer Service), and this type of material is widely used for erection rings and masturbation sleeves, as well as vibrators and dildos. Thoroughly wash with warm (never hot) water and a liquid antibacterial soap, then let air dry completely. Once dry, sprinkle with the included "renewing" powder or cornstarch. Never use talcum powder or baby powder, as these can cause irritation and sometimes larger problems for women (pure talc is fine but very difficult to find).
Because sex toys not only touch your skin, but touch very intimate areas of your body, it's extremely important to know whether you have any allergies or sensitivities to certain materials, cleansers, etc. If you're not sure, we highly recommend that you do an allergy test on a small patch of skin, such as the wrist, before using any product. For more information on cleaning toys and related subjects, please be sure to read the FAQ section of this article.
- See more at: http://www.mypleasure.com/education/sex-toy-guide/maintenance.asp#sthash.5CxswWme.dpuf
Here's a breakdown of how to clean sex toys by material:
  • Silicone: Hypoallergenic and easiest to maintain, silicone dildos and non-battery-operated toys may be boiled for two to three minutes, or washed with soap and water. NEVER boil silicone sex toys with electrical components. Let them air dry completely or dry with a lint-free cloth before storing.
  • Plastic/Acrylic/Glass: All can be washed with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap and sterilized using an alcohol-soaked cotton ball (rinse thoroughly afterward); acrylic and glass toys may be boiled or submerged in hot water if they're not battery-operated.
  • Rubber/Latex and Jelly: These products are extremely porous, so be sure to wash them thoroughly with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap, and rinse so that no trace of soap is left, as it can degrade the material and cause irritation to you. Again, while it's a good idea to use a condom with any insertable toys, it's an especially good idea with these materials.
  • Realistics: Names include CyberskinTM, FuturoticTM, NeoSkin®, Soft TouchTM, UltraSkin, and FauxskinTM (if you're unsure of the type of material, check the packaging or product page, or contact Customer Service), and this type of material is widely used for erection rings and masturbation sleeves, as well as vibrators and dildos. Thoroughly wash with warm (never hot) water and a liquid antibacterial soap, then let air dry completely. Once dry, sprinkle with the included "renewing" powder or cornstarch. Never use talcum powder or baby powder, as these can cause irritation and sometimes larger problems for women (pure talc is fine but very difficult to find).
Because sex toys not only touch your skin, but touch very intimate areas of your body, it's extremely important to know whether you have any allergies or sensitivities to certain materials, cleansers, etc. If you're not sure, we highly recommend that you do an allergy test on a small patch of skin, such as the wrist, before using any product. For more information on cleaning toys and related subjects, please be sure to read the FAQ section of this article.
- See more at: http://www.mypleasure.com/education/sex-toy-guide/maintenance.asp#sthash.5CxswWme.dpuf

No comments:

Post a Comment