Properly caring for your sex toy is important to its longevity and functionality. There are many commonplace practices that maintain the cleanliness of your adult toys but you may be wondering if there is anything else you can do to extend the life of your sex tool. This guide will give you a few basic care tips for new sex toy owners as well as more advanced tricks to get the most out of your favorite stimulators!
Cleaning: Cleaning your sex toy is the most basic and necessary routine care task. If you do nothing else, clean your sex toy! This isn’t just important for health and hygiene, but it will also help your toy last longer. Jelly materials are prone to degeneration, and not properly washing your massager will only speed up the process.
Clean your toy thoroughly! If it is ribbed or has any crevices, be sure to give these spots a good scrub. Bacteria can wedge in between these spots, and you don’t want that. Usually, a mild antibacterial soap and warm water is all it takes. You don’t need to buy special toy cleaner, but it can help if you have little privacy for toy-cleaning or if you’re going on a vacation and you need something accessible for on-the-go fun.
When your toy is sparkly-clean, leave it out to dry. Air drying is best for jelly and elastomer sex toys, but materials like glass and plastic can be padded dry with a towel.
Storage: Sex toys should be stored in a dry space where moisture does not tend to collect. Special sex toy chests and boxes are available, but you don’t need to buy one of these. A regular storage container or a nightstand drawer will suffice. If you store your sex toy well, you do not need to clean it before using it the next time, but if it’s dusty or has been sitting still for a while, you may want to give it a quick scrub.
Waterproof Toys: Waterproof toys have their own category because they are a little different than your average vibe. Even if you live alone and can leave your toys anywhere you please, don’t leave your water-proof vibe on the edge of the bathtub. Bathrooms are too moist, and although it is safe in water, it is not meant to be in water all the time. When you’re done, wash it like you would any other toy, let it try, and properly store it in another place. During use, make sure the battery pack is sealed tight – if water gets in, it could ruin your stimulator!
Always make sure your sex toy is truly waterproof. Waterproof sex toys have small rubber rings around the battery cap that give it a tight, water-safe seal. They typically have thin papers lining the inside of the battery compartment. Do not remove these pieces! If you’re toy doesn’t seem to have at least the rubber ring, double-check the packaging or look online to find out more information. Some sex toys may be water “resistant” but not “proof”, so before you hop in the tub, make sure you know which one applies to your vibe!
Advanced Care: If you want to do more to keep your sex toy alive and well, here are some other tips!
Take the batteries out after use. Even when the toy is off, it continues to draw trace amounts of energy from the batteries. This can drain the life of your batteries, and if you’ve ever reached for your sex toy and found that the batteries were dead, you know how heartbreaking it is! Leaving the batteries in can also decrease the total lifespan of your toy! So give your vibe a real rest and pop out the batteries.
Use new batteries. When you get a new sex toy, it’s best to use new batteries. Not only will you be sure that your toy is in good working order and any dysfunction isn’t being caused by the batteries, but it will give your toy the strongest vibes.
Give it a good charge: If you have a rechargeable massager (such as a cordless body wand), charge it to the fullest when you first get the toy. This will ensure you are optimizing the internal battery pack. Don’t rip the plug out of the toy or the outlet too violently – this can damage the charging parts! If you have an electric toy that plugs into an outlet (such as an electric wand massager), don’t leave it plugged in unless you’re using it. This is better for your vibrator AND your electric bill.
If you want your personal massager to give you endless pleasure, proper care is a must! Most sex toys come with cleaning directions, so check to see if there are any specific instructions for your toy. Most sex tools just need a little loving care to stand the test of time, so if you like your sex toy, the extra steps to ensure it lives a long and fulfilling life will be worth it!