6 tips to salvage and how to clean sex toys for years of pleasure

Caring for your sex toys and gear is essential for their longevity.

Love + Sex The Toy Chest Brian Webb

This article was published on August 9th, 2017

People spend their money on a lot of fun, crazy, and exciting things. Quality sex toys, like a fine piece of jewelry or great article of clothing, in an investment that can provide years of enjoyment. Consumers spend hard-earned money on toys, gear, uniforms, and accessories, and often have no idea how to properly care for them or even how to clean sex toys. Salvage your sex toys and extend their lives to the fullest by following these six tips to care for your sex toy investment.

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Follow the instructions. Most items you buy, whether from sexpert retailers like The Stockroom, Fleshjack, or Fort Troff, will come with some type of packaging. There is no better instructor to tell you how to best care for your item than the retailer and producer of your toy or gear. Messages like ‘dry clean only’, ‘wash in cold water’, and ‘dishwasher safe’, should be followed exactly for best results.

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Know which toys can be washed and how. Silicone, stainless steel, and glass can all be run through the dishwasher and will get sterilized. If electric or motorized, use hot water and a soft washcloth with light soap. Stone, Pyrex, stainless steel, and glass can all be boiled in hot water for 10 minutes or bleached for extra sterilizing.

How To Wash Sex Toys

Determine if your toy is porous or not. Porous materials like rubber, vinyl, nylon, leather, cyber skin, etc. are more lifelike, but require more TLC like scrubbing and solutions to fully get clean. Hand soap and non-toxic cleaner are the best methods to clean porous materials. Non-porous items made of silicone, glass, stainless steel, etc. are made of materials that simply require soap and scrubbing using standard soaps and cleaners. Some companies, like Fleshjack, offer cleaning products like Fleshwash and renewing powder, to help care for your products, and make them like new again.

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Be gentle. For latex and rubber toys like butt plugs and suits, the kinder route is the better path to success. For rubber and latex suits, use warm water in a sink or basin with a bit of hand soap. Wipe with a smooth cloth but do not scrub because it can damage the material. Hand-stir the water and rinse out in the shower, avoiding snagging. Hang dry and shake out every few hours.

Scrub it out. Items like harnesses, chaps, and other animal-skin based items are extremely durable, but do need a little bit more than a generic bath. Use luke-warm water and a soft washcloth to scrub away at visible stains. Otherwise, the dry cleaner is a great and easier alternative because cleaning leather can get a little tedious.

Storage is key. Keep your sex toys under lock and key. Use silk bags for glass and stainless steel. Keep rubber and latex suits, as well as anything leather, on hangers in dress bags zipped away in your closet. Store silicone in cloth bags. The way you stow away your sex toys and gear often dictates how long they will last. The better stored away your items are, the less likely you’ll need to deep clean them before next use, too!

Now you know how to clean sex toys, gear, and accessories, to protect your investment so they will last for years of fun and pleasure.

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